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

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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    This is a tough-minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments - as true growth so often does in reality.
User Score

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
    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
    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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