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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
""Nebraska," it turns out, isn't as bleak as it first looks."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There are insights into old age, pearls of wisdom and gags galore, all wrapped up in a coating that's more akin to a bitter lemon than sugar."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Nebraska, despite a few pleasures, strikes me as Payne's most cartoonish, one-dimensional work."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Artforum
"The sky extends forever across the flat land, never suggesting expanse, but lowering, confinement, pushing small, human figures to the ground."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"The deft achievement of this movie is that it has a hardness that doesn't delight in the meanness of mockery as the Coens often do."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"A desolate comedy-drama about fathers, sons, life's highways and missed off-ramps."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's a surprising performance from Forte, tasked with much of the heavy lifting opposite a tight-lipped Dern."
‑ Shawn Hazelett, Under the Radar
"This may very well be one of the most powerful movies ever made about the misfortune of growing old and fragile."
‑ David Keyes,
"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
"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
""Nebraska" is Alexander Payne's best film, bar none."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"A nice mix of arthouse quirk and genuine heart."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"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
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