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Nebraska (15)

Nebraska (15)

Adventure, Drama

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

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The critical consensus

It’s probably Payne’s most poetic work yet, a quiet, subtle study of the highs and lows of family life.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 05/11/2013

Nebraska is a tough, tender film, which unfolds in unexpected ways.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 01/12/2013

Payne manages to bring the film to a close on a touching note with a neatly judged ending, but the problems found elsewhere make this one of his least satisfying films.

**(*)(*)(*)Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 02/12/2013

A charming road movie that develops into a full-blown study of life and roots, offering a beautiful insight into the way families migrate and change.

*****Damon Wise, Empire Online, 02/12/2013

A bigger, deeper film that it initially appears. Dern's performance is a delight.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 05/12/2013

The result is droll and poignant, if a little overextended.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 04/12/2013

Thank heaven for Dern. As the only performer acting from the inside outwards, he suggests there is life before, during and even – see the last, best scene, a virtual Dern solo – after plot death.

**(*)(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 05/12/2013

Nebraska is a beautifully made film: an extended epiphany of sadness and charm.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/12/2013

A pitch-perfect performance from Dern graces Alexander Payne’s latest roadmovie – another bittersweet meditation on the sad, comic futility of life.

****(*)Philip Kemp, Total Film, 02/12/2013

The reason the film has such an emotional kick is precisely because its style is so pared down and austere.

*****Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 05/12/2013

In fact, it is the best film yet by one of US cinema's most perceptive and sympathetic observers of human behaviour.

*****Laurence Phelan, The Independent, 06/12/2013

The real pleasures, however, are in the performances, with the septuagenarian Dern turning in his best work since Silent Running.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 08/12/2013

Working in black-and-white for the first time Payne serves up a plaintive, elegiac, exploration of his characters’ lives that’s largely free from his usual condescending snarkiness.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/12/2013

Features about Nebraska (15)

Alexander Payne interview: 'Nebraska is just where I'm from'

Killian Fox, The Observer, 24/11/2013

'Hey, can I give you a ride?' Director Alexander Payne gets back to road movies with 'Nebraska'

Kaleem Aftab, The Independent, 06/12/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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