It's never too late to deliver a career performance. That would seem to be one of the lessons of Alexander Payne's new road drama "Nebraska," about a crotchety old father (
The Times' Kenneth Turan called the film "poignant and ruefully funny" and added, "summations can't convey the filmmaking delicacy that marries tart-tongued comedy with unexpected warmth in a story that touches on family, memory, getting old and staying alive. Plus allowing 77-year-old Bruce Dern the opportunity to give the performance of a lifetime." The rest of the cast is solid too, with
USA Today's Claudia Puig similarly wrote that "Bruce Dern gives the performance of his career as the headstrong Woody in the brilliant, wisely observed and wryly funny 'Nebraska.' ... What stands out is the fullness of the character, with mannerisms and expressions that make him wholly dimensional." She also agreed that Forte is "superb" in his subtler role and that Squibb is "very funny as Woody's eye-rolling, hectoring wife."
And Dern certainly does his part: "What sympathy we give to Woody we’re probably giving to Dern," who "gives a beautiful performance, near-pantomime -- broken with the odd expulsive obscenity."