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Colin Covert’s “Nebraska” Is More About Characters Than Critique

In response to Colin Covert’s 436‑word review of Nebraska on Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Maybe it’s the cold weather up there in the Twin Cities, but folks from the great frozen north are not overly talky.

And Colin Covert, resident critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is generally no exception. “‘Nebraska’ folks are funny, flawed,” finds the critic in a subdued mood.

Covert has a wondrously rich vocabulary and uses it to great effect here, but the tone of the work feels somber and not a little gray.

Nebraska, according to Covert, is a “low-key story about fathers and mothers and brothers and life and death,” a description which could fit just about every film released since the dawn of time.

There are a lot of critiques of the characters (and not necessarily the actors), which is a circuitous form of criticism in a sense, but in a relatively small piece like this, beating around the bush is a waste of time.

Covert does settle into some raw analysis, but, again, it comes in the form of an evaluation of how Payne handles the people of Nebraska. It’s an interesting sidebar, but doesn’t do much to shed light on the film’s merits.

While it raises some interesting points, the review fails in its fundamental role and ultimately deserves second tier status.    

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