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Nebraska

  • Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Will Forte
  • Director: Alexander Payne
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 115 min.

“NEBRASKA” is a father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humor and a unique visual style, it’s ultimately the story of a son trying to penetrate his impenetrable father.

"Nebraska offers something deeper and more mature, the ability to make us care about its characters and their story on a different level than Payne has given us before."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The filmmaker has crammed Nebraska with orneriness, humor, greed, Americana and performances so natural they seem like found objects — especially Dern's, which caps a career of character parts with a delicately nuanced character."
- Bob Mondello, NPR
"It has moments of uncanny grace, made all the more beautiful by their dryness: a family, briefly, pulling together; a son suddenly understanding his father's dream; a tiny moment, at the end, of unexpected triumph."
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Alternately a poetic tale of personal affirmation and a plainspoken metaphor for tenacity in the face of meager hope, "Nebraska" is not just a beautiful or great film but an essential one for our time."
- Todd Gilchrist, The Wrap
"This is a resounding return to form for Payne: there are moments that recall his earlier road movies About Schmidt and Sideways, but it has a wistful, shuffling, grizzly-bearish rhythm all of its own"
- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"There's a poignant suggestion of a modern-day Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and it works in a thoughtfully wrought film "
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Nebraska is one of Payne’s best films, a near-perfect amalgam of the acrid humor, great local color, and stirring resonances that run through his work."
- Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"It’s a movie that floods you with emotion when you least expect it."
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It’s a career-capping performance by Dern, who is so convincing as an addled, drunken, embittered and probably dying man that he doesn’t appear to be acting, but Forte is just as good playing a preoccupied, emotionally constricted man-child."
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

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