Middle of Nowhere Synopsis
A med student (Emayatzy Corinealdi) considers leaving her imprisoned husband for another man.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
DuVernay, a low-key director sparing in her use of emotion and music, has made an existential drama that is European in its feel.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is a tough-minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments - as true growth so often does in reality.
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75

Slant Magazine

In a cinema landscape where the representation of the black female experience is most visibly explored through the modes of outlandish...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Sometimes, the quiet lyricism of DuVernay’s direction seems at odds with the grittiness of the subject matter, like poetry force-fed into...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Middle of Nowhere isn't a highly charged drama, as you might have gathered. Most of the action takes place within the mind of a lonely...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Nothing is easily resolved in this complex drama, which makes it all the more honestly moving. More than anything, this is a film about a...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A deceptively slight film that strikes the right balance between realist family drama and earnestness.
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63

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Director Ava DuVernay, in showing Ruby's life in waiting, occasionally lets the pace slip into tedium.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
At heart, Middle of Nowhere offers material we've seen many times before. But between her perceptive direction and Corinealdi's layered...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
What makes Middle of Nowhere a break-even proposition, rather than something to avoid, is that it deals with an aspect of life and with...
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Middle of Nowhere

By msjac908
I did like the film because it's a situation that happens in real life. People have and are currently experiencing the same issues. I recognized the actress that played the mother from other movies....

Common Story but...

By movie_luver2013
I was so excited to see this movie. It was good but NOT very realistic in the gritty sense of how things go down. Yes, women wait, pay for lawyers, deal with family drama and dream of him holding...

Middle of Nowhere

By koolkoolkev
Beautifully shot, with characters that were real life (by that I mean that they were faced with choices that didn't come with easy answers). One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. A welcome...

Well done

By dobanion684
I thought the movie was very good. The story was not a feel good story so don't expect a Hollywood feel good ending. The film by Ava DuVernay is about a young med student and her incarcerated...

Middle of Nowhere

By matylady
Excellent. Artfully done with powerful performances. Subtle scenes that invoke so much emotion. I couldn't stop thinking about it for hours after. It's a must see. Let's give it some love,...

Middle of Nowhere

By rhone.fraser
This is a powerful story of a powerful individual trying to maintain a committed relationship. Derek and Ruby are in a relationship and suddenly Derek is incarcerated. Ruby visits him regularly and...

Middle of Nowhere - Not to be missed!

By moviepersoa
Middle of Nowhere grabbed me from the beginning, I became totally absorbed in the story. The director did a superb job, her Sundance Award was well deserved. All of the actors were believable and...

Middle of Nowhere

By DCFilmmaker
Ava DuVernay did a superb job of keeping you on the edge of your seat. This taut drama was buoyed by strong performances by the entire cast and masterfully lensed by Brad Young. I've got to see it...

"Middle of Nowhere" is a keeper

By dstdiva
One of the best movies I've sen in a long time. The story is somewhat complicated, but it puts a spotlight of what happens when your world you know is turned upside down. Are you emotionally stuck?...

Middle of Nowhere Excellence!

By MissCozier
This movie is truly amazing. Ava Duverney is clearly a dedicated artist with an eye for scene development. Every single scene was crafted perfectly. This movie is truly enjoyable. It is...

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Rated R | For Some language