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Nebraska  Rating: 4.08/5

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN 

Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne, is one of my favorites of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees. It’s the kind of movie we don’t often see at the cinemas because it’s utterly simple, and because it’s about real people who’re utterly ordinary.For all its strengths, the film is ultimately a showcase of some fine acting. But the film belongs to 77-year-old Dern, who delivers a bruisingly honest, riveting performance as the dazed protagonist.I’m going with four out of five for Nebraska. It’s a quietly moving film that’ll stay with you. I couldn’t shake it off for days.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Gavin Rasquinha Site:Times Of India

There are moments of melancholy in this study of father-son bonding and there are plenty of times where you laugh aloud but for the most part, the film bursts at the seams with many little quirks. Moving at its own pace, this is a fantastic study of Mid West America, where time almost stands still. The soundtrack is also as authentic to the theme as it gets. Black-and-white with plenty of shades of grey,* Nebraska* is a road trip film like no other.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World( Hindustan Times)

Nebraska is so many things at once that you wonder how director Alexander Payne and writer Bob Nelson, managed to fit it all into a story so spare.The film is in black and white, which might be a daunting prospect for some of you. But the minimalism serves these fraught, sad lives well. And a special mention of 84-year-old Oscar-nominated actress June Squibb whose tart tongue is unforgettable. Do see Nebraska. It is a thing of beauty. I’m going with four stars.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff

This is a very special film, possibly the least contrived among this year’s Oscar nominees. In the end, it doesn’t feel like an epiphany; it feels like life. You know what’s coming, but you aspire for more — and, if you’re lucky, find it in the unlikeliest places. The hint lies in the choice of colour. Nebraska is not merely a black comedy, but one laced with light, with hope, with brightness. Black and White, then. Sometimes they do make ‘em like they used to.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA

One of the most beautifully shot and executed films of the year, Nebraska is a poignant story of a father-son relationship and everything that has led them to this very moment in their lives. The film is much more than a story of a dysfunctional family where the son wants to mend ways with his dad. As it progresses, Nebraska, which is shot in black and white, engages us with its simple plot yet complex take on human relationships and life. If human emotions and how they play out in different situations intrigue you then Nebraska will definitely touch your heart with its simple yet beautiful storyline.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Juhi Matta Site:Bookmyshow

The only drawback of the film is its tendency to drag at times. Though the movie is generally well-paced, some parts tend to become too slow to remain effective. Nebraska expertly explores the themes of greed and shifting loyalties. The film also efficiently combines cynicism and hopefulness. It’s a beautiful, poignant film perfect for a Sunday afternoon with your family.

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  1. NEBRASKA: Scenic, atmospheric, humorous…with Bruce Dern’s towering performance! [3.5/5]

    Aging fathers with grimy-gritty sunken eyes, extensive mood-swings, dawdling fidgety walk, obstinacy in attitude and wrinkles all over being often projected as trophies for gaining life-experiences over the years, we all have met! Haven’t we? And mothers, always being cribby, bawling-howling over his downright failure to rise up as a better family man like someone in the neighborhood or in distant relation. Families in general have always been like that. Alexander Payne’s family drama NEBRASKA is exactly that. A family, I would not call a dysfunctional but a regular ‘been there-seen that’ kind of, with very existent emotions nevertheless, hitting all the right notes.

    Veteran Bruce Dern plays Woody Grant, an awfully old alcoholic wanting to leave something for their sons before taking depart from the world and desperately craving for travelling to Nebraska to collect prize-money of a million dollar in a magazine subscription sweepstake. He’s been told more than once about the nitty-gritty and the practicalities of the scheme but in view of his fortitude, urge and persistent actions, his son David [played by Will Forte] decides to take him through the journey he’s been anxious about. However, the loud-mouthed cynical mother Kate [played by June Squibb] doesn’t really approve the madness.

    Soon they hit the road; it proves to be a voyage to look back what has been earned till when Woody gets reunited with his brother’s family and all life neighbors in his native place. Later, when accidently someone breaks the news of Woody soon getting into the league of millionaires, everyone seems a little more cordial towards him. His one of the best buddies tries to wrestle for some money allegedly he had loaned Woody only God knows when. David’s good-for-nothing cousins who were dead sarcastic about him till now, tries to rob them for the winning lottery ticket. And in between all this havoc, David starts knowing his father better. The bonding is strengthened and though Woody never actually wins the money, he takes u-turn with a consolatory hat with the caption ‘Prize-Winner’ written in bold and clear.

    Shot admirably in black & white, NEBRASKA captures the scenic locales with extra-widen long shots and sets an atmospheric tone to the film. Characters here are well-written and don’t leave much scope for any disbelief regarding their existence. Drama is subtle and comedy comes mostly with deadpan humor. In one scene, David finds Woody’s lost denture and returns him with saying a practical joke that this doesn’t look his denture. Woody takes it seriously and denies taking it back; now the joke is on the son and when you realize it, you also get amazed even this man of lesser words could be funny at times.

    On the performances, Bruce Dern is beyond conviction. The thin line between the character and the performer is almost blurred and shows no signage of separation. June Squibb as complaining, crabby, opinionated but cutely amiable mother is first-rate. THE DESCENDANTS fame Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA is a road movie that takes you on an emotionally rich, simply humorous, superbly written and luminously performed journey not very inventive, novel and unseen in idea but performances are worth taking this ride! [3.5/5]

  2. Wow Gaurav you have exactly expressed my thoughts on this movie Bruce Dern is truly amazing in this movie

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