watching "Nomadland" feels like gazing out on one long, gorgeous sunset; Here's that rare movie that embodies his belief that "there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun"
Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" is an utterly inspired docu-fictional hybrid; It is a gentle, compassionate, questioning film about the American soul; Frances McDormand delivers the performance of her career; There is real greatness in Zhao's film-making
Chloe Zhao delivers a powerful character study; The movie churns through a familiar saga of a woman who grows tired of her surroundings, but casts aside the pressure to conform to the traditional beats of that plight
an extraordinary new drama; Frances McDormand, melding Chloe Zhao's screenplay to her own fierce character in a way that feels almost uncannily real; Together, they've managed to make that rare thing: a film that feels both necessary and sublime
a powerful, convincing, yet unsentimental lament for ruined lives and communities, Zhao's story blends fictional elements with docu-reality; With its episodic narrative, "Nomadland" is a character study that builds convincingly and incrementally
a powerful character study of a different kind of freedom fighter; Its somber story of the resilient discards of an unforgiving economy has a lived-in authenticity that creeps up on you with stirring power and grace
a hauntingly beautiful new film; The sheer compassion of Zhao's direction is one of the film's most elemental pleasures, while McDormand is one of those rare actors who can somehow make the act of listening as thrilling as a barnstorming speech