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Alexander Payne

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About the Movie

"From Academy Award winner Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways and The Descendants, comes the film that critics are calling “An American Masterpiece.” When a father (Bruce Dern) and his adult son (Will Forte) embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool’s errand becomes a search for the road to redemption.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 224
  • Fresh: 203
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [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, Dec 30, 2013

Fresh: "Nebraska," it turns out, isn't as bleak as it first looks. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Nov 27, 2013

Fresh: 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, Mar 2, 2014

Fresh: If you see only one black and white film disguised as a road movie this year or next, make it Nebraska. – Lisa Nesselson,, Feb 28, 2014

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Customer Reviews

pathetically stereotyped portrayal of rural life

I listened to the review of this movie on NPR. They were just gushing over this movie.

Now I see why. It is a movie made for liberal, hipster urban types. It feeds their sense of superiority and belief that rural people are backwards and brain dead.

This is a disgusting movie. This portrayal of rural life in the small towns of America could not be further from the truth. It portrays men in rural America is brain dead, alcoholic, unable to converse, backwards, petty, stupid, and so on. That feeds urban Americans the red meat they want. The only person in the movie with a good head on her shoulders is, of course, a woman. That feeds the feminists what they want to see.

What makes this movie particular insidious is that the only view most urbanites will ever get of small town America is through the media and movies.

I grew up in one of these small towns. It was not at all as depicted in this movie. As an adult, I have lived in a series of large cities. I can tell you that the most thoughtless, brain dead lemmings I have ever known have been in these large cities.

So, of course, this crappy movie will get an Oscar. Even though it is incredibly boring, predictable, and based entirely off stereotypes. Imagine a movie based entirely on the stereotypes of inner-city black people and done just to get a laugh at their expense. Would that get all of these rave reviews? I hope not. And, of course, it would not.

(BTW, making the movie in black and white was pretty silly).

Wonderful film

Such a lovely film and more than makes up for overhyped/overrated oscar contenders like The Butler and American Hustle.

Beautifully shot and probably the most stunning use of Black and White I have seen since Rumble Fish.

A story about a journey of emotion as much as its perceived by others as a journey of financial gain.

Great performances and a stand out film. Please see it.

Ramsackle is WRONG

I read their review and was persuaded to not see it but later I did and was so baffled that a human being could look at a movie looking to point out a flaw in a movie and call it stereotypical. Sometimes I wonder why it is that people do this with terrific movies. This movie portrays an old man with weary decisions while everyone else calls him an idiot. You couldn't be more wrong and it infuriates me to no end.

BTW (It wasn't silly to shoot it in black and white, it was the opposite)

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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