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Richard Corliss’s “Nebraska” Is a Monument to Film Criticism

In response to Richard Corliss’s 1062‑word review of Nebraska on TIME Magazine

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Every once in a long while, a work comes along that, by its sheer brilliance, dwarfs everything around it, rendering lesser works powerless and reminding the world why these things matter.  

The world of film critique is mostly populated with sloppy, derivative, and lazy work, whose sole reason for being is that their publishers need a movie review section. Or, even worse, Average Joes who’ve been told they know something about film and should start a website and review movies. And so they do, clogging the world with more needless, inane garbage and driving the profession into the ground.

Some advice for these folks: read Richard Corliss’s bastion of beauty, “Nebraska: Alexander Payne’s America, Plains and Simple.” Its staggering artistry will remind you why you got into the business or persuade you to get out while you still can.

The writing absolutely scalds the page with its profundity, but Corliss never gets so esoteric as to be inaccessible. He keeps his insights heady, but within reach for the average reader.

Like all great critics, Corliss informs his arguments with a vast knowledge of film history and his review deftly examines the film and its implications and observations on the human condition with equal circumspection.

Plains and Simple is the best review written on Nebraska so far and will be hard to top anytime soon.    

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