Nell Minow

Nell Minow
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Nell Minow writes about movies, television, the Internet, and parenting as The Movie Mom for Beliefnet and other publications. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Family Fun, Child, Daughters, Parents, Slate, and three editions of The Practical Guide to Practically Everything. Her book, The Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies was published by Avon in 1999, with a second edition in 2004. She reviews movies every week on radio stations across the US and in Canada. Her reviews appear on Beliefnet at http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom and you can see her Movie Mom page on Facebook or follow her on twitter. Nell is a member of the Online Film Critics Society, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Washington Area Film Critics Association.
Favorites:
500 of my favorite movies are reviewed in my book, but as of this writing my top 10 would have to include
Location: Just outside of Washington DC

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 75% Cold Brook (2019) Cold Brook's obvious good intentions lend it a sweetness that cannot make up for insurmountable problems. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B+ 42% Midway (2019) Skrein makes Best the quintessential American hero, cool under pressure, confident, a bit of a cowboy. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
C 22% Playing with Fire (2019) I would not have thought it possible for one short film to have so many poop jokes and so many opportunities for the leading character to take his shirt off. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B+ 72% Harriet (2019) Erivo is incandescent in the role, one of the great performances of the year in a story that is as vital as history as it is timely. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B+ 61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) The story itself is like a jazz performance, improvisation based in deep understanding and skill. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) There are some thrill-ride moments. But if you go, you might wish someone came back from the future to tell you to rent the first one again instead. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B+ 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) JoJo Rabbit" does portray the Nazis in a heightened, satiric, silly manner, but this is not an insensitive or superficial film. By the end it packs a wallop. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
B+ 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon avoids the too-often stuffy quality of prestige historical dramas with refreshingly dynamic camerawork and editing. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/4 67% Miss Virginia (2019) The movie's effort to separate a feel-good story from its political foundation does not earn it a passing grade. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
B+ 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It's a story about family, resilience, courage, and staying limber -- with a great scene over the credits featuring a not-too-surprising guest star. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/4 43% The Addams Family (2019) Even children will understand that the theme of encouraging individual expression would be more compelling if the storyline wasn't so resolutely dull. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
A- 42% The Laundromat (2019) Soderbergh knows how to entice us into paying attention, and entertain us until we are willing to think. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 65% The Parts You Lose (2019) Every frame is filled with significant, illuminating details. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
C 23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) "Lucy in the Sky" says it's inspired by a true story, and while it draws some of its details from what really happened, there is very little inspiration evident on screen. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
C 69% Joker (2019) "Joker" tries hard to be dark, disturbing, and meaningful. It is dark, but it is sour, superficial and gross. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ 83% Judy (2019) Zellweger's total immersion in the performance, as with Garland, it so vital and impossible to look away from that it transcends the limits of the material she outshines. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B 82% Abominable (2019) Some lovely visuals and appealing characters. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 88% Diego Maradona (2019) Director Asif Kapadia, who also made the Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse documentaries, lets the familiar story of a gifted kid who follows early success with fame and then tragedy unfold. But he asks us to think about ourselves as well. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 76% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) [Backman] and director Tuva Novotny keep the characters astringent and his tone wry, so it never gets cuddly or cloying. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B+ 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It feels like a fairy tale to escape to in this lush version, where we can all imagine ourselves dressing for dinner and receiving a visit from the royal family. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ 84% Ad Astra (2019) Gray is better with the settings than the characters and better with the characters than the storyline. And Brad Pitt's acting is better than every other part of the film. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
C 24% The Goldfinch (2019) It is a mess, and not in an interesting way. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ 88% Hustlers (2019) The focus here is on the characters and their relationships, doing their best to take care of their families, both the ones by birth and the ones by choice. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) It reminds us of why "Fiddler" is so enduring simply through the characters, story, and music that will still be touching audiences in another 50 years. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 63% Edie (2019) The growing friendship between Edie and Jonny has an understated but very genuine warmth. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) If this film inspires people to rediscover her music, it is worth seeing. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Seeing how Brittany opens up as she learns to judge other people and herself less harshly is what makes this movie one of the summer's sweetest surprises. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B- 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Director Ric Roman Waugh's staging of the intense scenes of conflict and action is assured and exciting. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/4 60% Driven (2019) Jason Sudeikis specializes in characters hiding canniness with slightly sleazy charm, and so he is ideally cast as Hoffman. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
C 79% Good Boys (2019) Cannot overcome the unpleasantness of the cheap humor and the sinking feeling that the filmmaking experience itself merits a visit from Child Protective Services. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
A- 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) As in "Bend it Like Beckham," Chadha's gift for kinetic storytelling reflects the turbulent emotion of the young protagonists. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B- 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) This is disappointingly one-dimensional work from one of the world's most talented and versatile directors, with all the depth of Charlene's "I've Never Been to Me." - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B+ 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) It is remarkably assured for a first film, with an excellent supporting cast of talented pros and superb cinematography and music choices. - Huffington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) A buoyant sense of fun and a heroine whose greatest act of courage may be the way she accepts herself and those around her. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Only the most sentimental pet lovers will be able to get past the self-indulgent pretentiousness of the narration, and even they may find it troubling to be told a dog's highest purpose is to become human. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
A- 99% Amazing Grace (2019) 87 minutes of pure joy/ - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/4 26% Otherhood (2019) The three lead actresses also produced the film, presumably because there are not enough good roles for women over 35. They need to look a little harder. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B+ 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A big-time buddy cop action comedy full of one-liners, chases, crashes, explosions, punches, kicks, improbable stunts, impossible stunts, end credits extras. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
B 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Quentin Tarantino is a brilliant filmmaker who does not have anything to say. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2.5/4 69% Bottom of the 9th (2019) While it wavers with heavy-handed dialogue, underwritten supporting characters, and a storyline that veers away from its original grittiness, Manganiello keeps it grounded with a performance of sincerity and heart. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
A- 99% The Farewell (2019) This film is sharply written and beautifully performed. It is a perfect example of the adage that the more specific a story is, the more universal it is. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/4 55% Summer Night (2019) Even the generic title suggests the apathy that ultimately overtakes the storyline. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B- 42% Stuber (2019) These team-ups are always based on a superego/id mash-up, and Nanjiani's trademark understated delivery plays off well with Bautista's brawn. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/4 95% Ray & Liz (2019) With its very tamped-down emotion, Bellingham's decision not to attempt insight or empathy is the most telling display of the consequences of his story. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3.5/4 69% The Other Story (2019) Nesher skillfully balances a lot of characters and storylines, each illustrating a different kind of Israeli and a different connection to Jewish life, culture, and practice, but he never lets any of them become symbolic rather than real. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/4 59% Ophelia (2019) Ophelia is filled with clever wordplay matched by an equally clever perspective flip of one of the central texts of Western literature. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
B+ 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This one made my Spidey-sense tingle. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
C 63% Yesterday (2019) "Yesterday" would have made a cute seven-minute sketch on "Saturday Night Live" (or, as this movie would say, "Thursday Night Live") but it does not work as a movie. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
A- 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) You know you're not going to get out of a Pixar movie without tears, because we care about these characters and we care about the way they care about and for each other. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 90% Plus One (2019) Chan and Rhymer understand the essential weirdness of being an observer of someone else's emotional, life-changing event that happens to also be a big party. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019