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2,495 Ratings


Directed by Alexander Payne
United States, 2013


The estranged relationship between a father and son becomes a little more estranged during a road trip to Nebraska in this black and white road trip drama. The cantankerous father is convinced he has won a million dollar sweepstake and forces his begrudging son to take him to claim his winnings .

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Nebraska Directed by Alexander Payne

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Best Actor

Academy Awards

2014 | 6 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Nebraska is perhaps Payne’s finest work yet. This is partly because he has minimized the cheap sub-Coens yokel humor to the point that it’s almost negligible. A few vestigial rube gags remain, most notably in the form of the overweight cousins who bully David (Will Forte) and eventually try to strong-arm Woody (Bruce Dern) out of his supposed million-dollar prize. Payne seems to finally realize that this kind of “Hee Haw” pseudo-comedy undercuts his higher aspirations.
April 25, 2014
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What transpires on this canvas amounts to a state of the union. Regret and loss hang heavy over the landscape. The premise—a delusional man on a quest to claim a non-existent prize—may seem flimsy-cute, but it deepens into something genuinely moving.
December 13, 2013
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…In the deceptively schmaltzy denouement, we’re not quite watching a man’s triumphant re-discovery of himself, but rather the full emergence of a new, more dispiriting form of father-son bonding predicated on the temporary relegation of real problems to shiny distractions.
December 11, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film Nebraska

    What a neat film this was. That B/W cinematography and music score makes it feel like a modern classic, Bruce Dern can act good in his elder years. Sometimes it felt like a little bit of a road movie because from how the story was being told by Payne, but it really explores more than just searching for a prize - nostaliga & family together were the film's main points. A kind-of feel-good thing really.

  • pedro eira's rating of the film Nebraska

    There are a lot of movies about life. But this is ,without a doubt, the saddest and the best I've ever seen. How much BETTER is a person, more CRUEL is life

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Nebraska

    Proof that cinema is, first and foremost, a visual art; every shot in this film is a beautiful photograph. If you have a digital projector, just leave a frame up for hours, like a painting. Gorgeous. Nebraska is also a beautiful story with fine performances by all. Those cousins should get some kinda special award. Exceptional!

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Nebraska

    Another brilliant and heartfelt entry into the career of one of the best American filmmakers of our time. A brilliant cast and a great story told with simplicity.

  • Z's rating of the film Nebraska

    The finest American film to come out this year. A triumphant return to form for Alexander Payne. Bruce Dern and Will Forte do superlative work. This movie is hilarious, bitingly satirical, sad, and ultimately heartfelt. Beautiful black-and-white digital cinematography throws buildings, landscapes and frail all too human characters into stark relief. Payne's use of the camera is painterly. Bracing, cinematic art.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Nebraska

    4 1/2 out of 5 stars. The pacing makes Nebraska a little challenging but the T R U L Y beautiful cinematography making every shot a photographic masterpiece helps out. The performances are astonishing (its unnecessary to mention June Squibb's show stealing performance, but at the same time a crime not to) and the ending was perfection. Just thinking about this movie chokes me up...

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Nebraska

    Nebraska is a sublime journey, especially for anyone who grew up in the Midwest and spent many a day staring out the car window at fields and subtle landscapes. Bruce Dern is unforgettable, and the black-and-white cinematography seems natural rather than forced in the name of being artsy. One of Alexander Payne's best.

  • Lucas Granero's rating of the film Nebraska

    Como si la imagen se convirtiera en el mismo objeto que representa, Nebraska es una película gris, de textura rugosa y por cuyo centro parece volar un seco viento que nunca deja de soplar. El tono de Nebraska es también heredado de Woody, su protagonista: minimalista en su construcción de personajes, cuyas palabras son escasas pero de gestos ruidosos, que dicen mas de lo que piensan, que hablan por todo lo que callan

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