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Nebraska (2013)



Critic Consensus: Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne's remarkable filmography.

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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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Bruce Dern
as Woody Grant
Will Forte
as David Grant
June Squibb
as Kate Grant
Bob Odenkirk
as Ross Grant
Stacy Keach
as Ed Pegram
Rance Howard
as Uncle Ray
Kevin Kunkel
as Cousin Randy
Angela McEwan
as Peg Nagy
Melinda Simonsen
as Receptionist
Ronald Vosta
as Uncle Albert
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Critic Reviews for Nebraska

All Critics (251) | Top Critics (77)

Nebraska is a slow-burning heart-warmer that neatly dodges the cornball bullet of a climactic manly hug.

February 21, 2019 | Full Review…

... its beauty lies in its simplicity.

September 6, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Forever typecast as nutjobs and con artists, Dern's Woody Grant is a little chubby, a little bewildered, and a lot unkempt. He's grizzled, resigned, and wonderful, and so is the film.

June 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Nebraska, despite a few pleasures, strikes me as Payne's most cartoonish, one-dimensional work.

May 22, 2014 | Full Review…

There is a sentimental aspect to the concluding stages of the film: it's not as broad or astringent as Payne can be. But there's also something intriguingly dreamlike about its tone.

February 20, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

In Payne films, as in the films of Jean Renoir, there are no "goodies" or "baddies"; everyone has their reasons, and that makes his work distinctly different from most mainstream American films these days.

February 18, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nebraska


Despite the cinematography in an unnecessary (but effective) black and white, this melancholy drama has quite a surprising sense of humor and characters who prove to be a lot more complex than we would give them credit for, with Dern and Squibb in fantastic performances.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Slow, but worthwhile movie. I loved how it was shot in black and white and the whole "road trip" feel it had. Topic was actually a bit sad - very elderly man believes he has won a million dollars on a Readers Digest-type promotional letter (borderline scam). He really was quite pathetic throughout this movie - maybe the reason some won't like it is its a real reminder that we are all getting old and that could be us one of those days. His adult son decides to drive his father down to collect his "prize", and along the way he learns things he never knew about his father and a bit of TMI with his mother (that old lady is s scream! Some of the funniest lines in the movie) as well.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Slow, quiet, but charming and at times hilarious, Nebraska is a well-filmed portrait of a Middle-America family coming face to face with its roots.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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