Nebraska Synopsis
A man sets out on a road trip with his aging father to claim a cash prize that may not really exist.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Nebraska is not a breakneck, screwball farce - although it has its moments, like the comical heist of an air compressor from a farmer's...
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
And Dern, a great character actor who made his mark opposite everyone from Redford and John Wayne to Jane Fonda, embraces the roll of a...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What's extraordinary is what happens at the intersection of Mr. Payne's impeccable direction and Mr. Nelson's brilliant script. The odyssey...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Mostly, Nebraska impresses for its sure rhythms and artful balance of comedy and melancholy, resulting in Payne’s most satisfying film...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Bruce Dern gives the performance of his career as the headstrong Woody in the brilliant, wisely observed and wryly funny Nebraska. What...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Shot in beautiful tones of black and white (and silver and gray), Nebraska is steeped in nostalgia, regret and bittersweet moments. Yet it’s...
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By Bob Mondello
The filmmaker has crammed Nebraska with orneriness, humor, greed, Americana and performances so natural they seem like found objects —...
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New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
The movie is a triumph of an especially satisfying kind. It arrives at a kind of gnarled grace that’s true to this sorry old man and the...
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The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Nebraska is one of Payne’s best films, a near-perfect amalgam of the acrid humor, great local color, and stirring resonances that run...
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By Scott Foundas
Throughout, Payne gently infuses the film’s comic tone with strains of longing and regret, always careful to avoid the maudlin or cheaply...
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Sad for me.

By sierrarancher
Having just cared for my elderly father who passed from Parkinsons, this film brought back a lot of unpleasant memories. I can understand how an audience could view the story of comic. Experiencing...

One of the most thoughtful movies I've seen in ages

By mlandersonmd
An insightful story of love and reconcilation; the revelation of lives untold despite the close proximity of its aging characters. Use of black and white imagery and the landscape of the upper...

Grey and white - in every aspect -

By Rjazwinski
The visuals were grey and white - not much contrast. Some of the humor was based on the narrow range of emotional affect of the characters - which seemed to be paralleled by the relative flatness of...

One of the best I've seen in a long time

By elbee58
This is a thoughtful and well-developed character study about family relationships and developmental life changes. The director doesn't pull at pseudo-emotional heartstrings with saccharin...

Film is beautiful and slow

By msaavedratvnews
Characters are interesting, funny and gave me self reflection. View of small town America rings true to my experiences. My wife wouldn't recommend because the story line is very slow moving....


By Kate of BlueSheepBeads
Bruce Dern does an amazing job! and so does Will Forte. This is so spot-on what it is like in the midwest. Definitely worth seeing and worth all the nominations it has garnered so far!...

An Incredible Movie

By glrufo
Nebraska was just outstanding. It was very cleverly written, beautifully photographed and acted. It was at times very funny, at other times remarkably poignant. We enjoyed it thoroughly. The...

Boomer Movie

By elizabethklammer
As the boomers become senior citizens, the movie becomes significant to them and to the children of the boomers. The movie shows that long dialogues are not necessary to demonstrate strong family...

Great performance

By Archiesmom
Loved this movie. I had a similar experience with my mother so ths movie really hit home. All done very well. Bruce Dern and June Scribb gave excellent performances. Bittersweet and funny at the ...

Not the best movie ever

By ccodave
But it was pretty damn good! It was a thoroughly enjoyable movie. I loved it. It does move slow at times, so if you need action, it's not the movie for you. I think I could see it again. Great...

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Rated R | For Some language (Pending Appeal)
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Wonderful father-son bonding story with language, drinking.
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