• Studio: AFFRM
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2012
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 11, 2012
    100
    This is an elegant, powerfully emotional and courageous film, worth seeing entirely on its own artistic terms, and also for what it conveys about the complexity of African-American life and the resurgence of African-American cultural expression.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 10, 2012
    91
    The power of Middle Of Nowhere is cumulative, conveyed in sustained tone and deepening character rather than bravura sequences or explosive confrontations.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 11, 2012
    90
    Ms. DuVernay, from start to finish in this very fine movie, works to make sure that Ruby is a woman to remember.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 11, 2012
    90
    So though it echoes the films of Charles Burnett, the plays of August Wilson and "A Raisin in the Sun," at its heart Middle of Nowhere is old-school, character-driven narrative at its most quietly effective.
  5. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Oct 9, 2012
    90
    A slow-motion-enhanced kiss scene, with Corinealdi in top I-don't-give-a-f--- strut, is a startling example of DuVernay's ability to conjure drama that at once takes place in a character's head and in a recognizable real world. It's beautifully nuanced and confidently ambiguous - and so is the movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Oct 11, 2012
    88
    DuVernay, a low-key director sparing in her use of emotion and music, has made an existential drama that is European in its feel.
  7. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 24, 2012
    83
    This is a tough-minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments - as true growth so often does in reality.
  8. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 9, 2012
    80
    This is humanistic drama done right.
  9. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Oct 24, 2012
    78
    This beautifully acted and gradually revealed drama is a quiet discovery. Not one to blare its own horn, Middle of Nowhere is the kind of little indie film that gives little indie films a good name.
  10. 75
    Sometimes, the quiet lyricism of DuVernay’s direction seems at odds with the grittiness of the subject matter, like poetry force-fed into prose.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 18, 2012
    75
    Nothing is easily resolved in this complex drama, which makes it all the more honestly moving. More than anything, this is a film about a woman on a journey of self-discovery, finding her way gingerly.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 17, 2012
    75
    Middle of Nowhere isn't a highly charged drama, as you might have gathered. Most of the action takes place within the mind of a lonely woman. That's why Corinealdi is so effective in the lead.
  13. Reviewed by: Zeba Blay
    Oct 10, 2012
    75
    In a cinema landscape where the representation of the black female experience is most visibly explored through the modes of outlandish comedy, unironic melodrama, or not at all, Ava DuVernay's take is a decidedly refreshing one.
  14. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 29, 2012
    70
    A deceptively slight film that strikes the right balance between realist family drama and earnestness.
  15. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Oct 11, 2012
    63
    Director Ava DuVernay, in showing Ruby's life in waiting, occasionally lets the pace slip into tedium.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 2, 2012
    60
    In fact, "restraint" is the word that best characterizes DuVernay's film. This isn't a movie filled with overt action or outbursts of melodrama.
  17. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 11, 2012
    60
    At heart, Middle of Nowhere offers material we've seen many times before. But between her perceptive direction and Corinealdi's layered performance, this modest, micro-budgeted story has been beautifully packaged.
  18. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    What makes Middle of Nowhere a break-even proposition, rather than something to avoid, is that it deals with an aspect of life and with characters rarely seen in movies.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    They're enough to elevate the film above its somewhat by-the-numbers plot and add a little juice to its slightly sluggish forward momentum.
  20. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Sep 29, 2012
    50
    Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 17, 2012
    7
    This is a tough minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments The director conveys a cleared eyed drama and adds a wonderful cast Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2012
    9
    This movie is a complete opposite of an action movie. No car chases, no rapes, almost no guns.
    I am sure some people with find it slow and
    boring. I find it deep and profound.
    This movie is about basic things in human life: about relationship between husband and wife, daughter and mother, sister and sister, man and woman.
    About situations where there is no obvious right or wrong.
    A movie superbly done.
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