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  • Summary: Middle of Nowhere follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. As the committed couple stares into the hollow end of an eight-year prison sentence, Ruby must learn to live another life, one marked by shame and separation. But through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to her core, this steadfast wife is soon propelled in new and often shocking directions of self-discovery - caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself. (AFFRM) Collapse
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  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: 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.
  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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Sep 29, 2012
    50
    Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. 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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  2. 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 Expand

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