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Philip Kemp’s “Nebraska Review” Is an Itty Bitty Bite-Sized Review

In response to Philip Kemp’s 366‑word review of Nebraska on Total Film 

http://www.totalfilm.com/reviews/cinema/nebraska

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Philip Kemp’s latest work, Nebraska Review, is so tiny and mini that one may accidentally mistake it for a teaser. It’s like the warm-up act for headliner review that actually knows how to work a crowd and offer something of value.

The subtitle of Nebraska Review, “The Bruce is loose,” may connect with a certain demographic, however it comes across like a joke from your Uncle who is trying desperately to stay hip.

There is no real argument to Nebraska Review, and Kemp seems content to let the audience know that Bruce Dern is indeed on the loose. The weak introduction and two small paragraphs take up half the “critique,” and then it’s on to a collection of statements that show little respect for the poor audience.

Kemp informs the reader that the film was shot in black and white, but fails to acknowledge cinematographer Phedon Papamichael. One will also discover that director Alexander Payne is actually from Nebraska, and the critic does little other than simply acknowledging this fact, which can be found in 100% of reviews.

To be fair to Mr. Kemp, there is a bit of critique in Nebraska Review, but the horrible truth is that it’s just plain weak. Bruce Dern is referenced in the close, but the review ends abruptly without much happening.

Nebraska Review could have been improved if Kemp displayed a serious attempt at film criticism.    

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