Middle of Nowhere
Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Middle of Nowhere follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. As the committed couple… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 12, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2015
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wise, compassionate, and beautifully acted, Middle of Nowhere offers an early testament to writer-director Ava DuVernay's startling talent.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A film remarkably true to life's haphazard rhythms.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

This is a tough-minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments - as true growth so often does in reality.

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Sean Axmaker

Before directing Selma, Ava Duverny made Middle of Nowhere (2012), a small story about a woman who put her aspirations on hold when her husband goes to prison.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Made by a black American woman, about a black American woman, it's a study of a culture where the matriarchs are strong by necessity and trapped by circumstance - adrift in the middle of nowhere.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

This film is about a particular African-American experience, true, but it's also about the human experience. It will haunt you. It should.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

I should love this movie, but something about it kept me at arm's length.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

[A] hushed, tenderly observant drama about a young woman trying to do right by herself and her marriage while her husband is in prison.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A sluggish enterprise, not measured or languorous or full of detail, but plodding, with scenes that run too long and others that are unnecessary.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Burrows deep into a lower working-class, primarily female African-American milieu and culture rarely presented onscreen with any sort of realism or understanding.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A woman suspends her life to support her imprisoned husband. There is without a doubt something profound, personal, and authentic about this film, which is to… More
Walter M.
"Middle of Nowhere" starts with Ruby(Emayatzy Corinealdi), a nurse, visiting her husband Derek(Omari Hardwick) at the prison in Victorville. While he… More