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Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who's convinced he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach costar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Payne has] made an "American Gothic" for 21st-century, post-recession America. Who needs a pitchfork anyway, when you can have an ice cold bottle of Bud?"
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A desolate comedy-drama about fathers, sons, life's highways and missed off-ramps."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The sky extends forever across the flat land, never suggesting expanse, but lowering, confinement, pushing small, human figures to the ground."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Nebraska is undeniable; agonisingly hilarious, unyielding in its paternal love and devastatingly authentic to the ache of life closer to its end than the beginning."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Payne's most accomplished and emotionally affecting movie since his masterwork, About Schmidt (2002)"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"An intimate road movie about one family that also lingers on the landscapes and fabric of an old-time, dying vision of the American Midwest"
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
""Nebraska" is a wonderful comedy shot in black-and-white and told in shades of gray."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A surprisingly talented Will Forte plays the son of a cantankerous old drunk, the fascinating Bruce Dern, as he takes a road trip to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize that no one thinks he's won. This is Alexander Payne at the top of his game."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"There's a joyful tension that infuses every moment and makes this one of the most compelling, memorable, essential films of the year."
‑ Lee Zachariah, Concrete Playground
"It's funnier than some of the comedies I saw in 2013 but I prefer Payne's films when they're tragic and sad too."
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
""Nebraska," it turns out, isn't as bleak as it first looks."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"One of the best films of the year ..."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Accompanied by a sleepy music score from composer Mark Orton, Nebraska is another wonderful feature film from director Alexander Payne."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"If you see only one black and white film disguised as a road movie this year or next, make it Nebraska."
‑ Lisa Nesselson,
"Veteran character actor Bruce Dern gets his day in court as the grizzled centrepiece of director Alexander Payne's artfully composed, beautifully filmed black-and-white dramedy about an old man, his dream and his withering, yet defiant sense of self."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
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