Nell Minow

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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 "The Philadelphia Story," "To Have and Have Not," "His Girl Friday," "Ball of Fire," and "Duck Soup." Ask me tomorrow and you might get a different list!
Publications:
Beliefnet , Chicago Sun-Times , Common Sense Media , Denver Post , DVDJournal.com , Kansas City Star , Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society, Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
4265
Total QuickRatings:
935
Location:
Just outside of Washington DC

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 44% Believe Me (2014) " A remarkably smart, funny, brave, and heartfelt first feature film -- Bakke has a sharp eye but a warm heart and a refreshing honesty. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 30, 2014
B 33% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " A gentle fable, if you don't look too closely or find whimsy cloying. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 25, 2014
B 60% The Equalizer (2014) " The bad guys are very, very bad. Washington is very, very good. The women are there to be victimized. Retro, but entertaining. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 25, 2014
B+ 80% Tracks (2014) " Spectacular beauty that manages to be meditative and internal, and all the more illuminating for it. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 25, 2014
A- 73% The Boxtrolls (2014) " Deliciously grotesque at times, but the message is a sweet one: families come in all sizes and shapes, sometimes biological, sometimes not, but what defines them is love. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 25, 2014
C 42% Tusk (2014) " The screenplay feels like a series of tweets. And the appearance of a big star in a wink-at-the-audience disguise is a distracting stunt. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B- 42% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " It is helped a great deal by performances that give the characters more believability and complexity than the book or the screenplay. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B 62% The Maze Runner (2014) " A worthy addition to the genre, an absorbing drama with surprising turns and even more surprising resonance to contemporary conflicts. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B 89% The Drop (2014) " Hardy's quiet power is beautifully restrained. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 11, 2014
A- 70% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " A sun-drenched pleasure for the whole family, heartwarming, funny, and beautifully performed by all, including Winter and Hope. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 11, 2014
B+ 81% The One I Love (2014) " The performances and the ideas are provocative, fun, and something of a therapeutic trust exercise of their own. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 4, 2014
C- 7% The Identical (2014) " An incompetent mishmash of mawkish sentimentality larded with a few pleasant musical numbers and some random asides about Israel. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Sep 4, 2014
A- 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " Lithgow and Molina exquisitely capture the intimacy and interdependence that only those in very long-term relationships understand. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 28, 2014
C- 36% The November Man (2014) " Barely reaches the standard of a generic throw-away thriller, with a sub-par storyline and painfully tiresome dialog. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 27, 2014
B 36% If I Stay (2014) " A touching story about an appealing young couple. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 21, 2014
C 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " This dreary assemblage of every possible sports cliché has one thing in common with the game it portrays. Every time it seems to be going somewhere, it stops. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 21, 2014
C 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The artistry in visuals and storytelling is so self-conscious it becomes fetishistic. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 21, 2014
B 73% A Will For The Woods (2014) " Just as Dr. Wang approached his own death with purpose and honor, the filmmakers have done the same in telling his story and making it ours as well. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 15, 2014
B- 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Everything I said about the last two movies, plus some new additions from the AARP action heroes club, plus a couple of Expendable interns to bring down the median age a bit. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 14, 2014
C 20% Let's Be Cops (2014) " As generic as its name and way too long. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 14, 2014
B 35% The Giver (2014) " On film, the book falters, more weighted by ideas than by story or character. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 12, 2014
B- 20% Into The Storm (2014) " What we're here for is the special effects, and those are just fine, from a wind tunnel of fire to a car lot of vehicles tossed up into the air like ping pong balls. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 8, 2014
B 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " The chef characters would know better than to serve anything so sugary. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 8, 2014
C 19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Whatever charm existed in the original cartoons is trampled by this over-blown bore. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Aug 8, 2014
B- 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " An amuse bouche without a meal, a dollop of whipped cream without the dessert underneath. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B 79% Get On Up (2014) " Boseman is an actor of exceptional ability and magnetism, and he works as hard as the man he is playing to convey the power of Brown's stage presence. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 31, 2014
A- 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The summer popcorn movie of 2014, tremendous fun, and with more heart that we have any reason to expect. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B- 18% And So It Goes (2014) " Douglas and Keaton triumph over the limitations of the material, making us believe that the greatest love in our lives may still be waiting for us. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 24, 2014
B- 66% Lucy (2014) " I think Luc Besson only used 10% of his brain in writing this. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 24, 2014
B- 45% Wish I Was Here (2014) " A few inspired moments make up for a lot of missteps along the way. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 20, 2014
B- 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " The visuals are stunning, the details are witty...but the storyline feels like an episode of "Thomas the Tank Engine." " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 17, 2014
A- 99% Boyhood (2014) " It is the details that are the story here, giving it a unhurried yet mesmerizingly enthralling feel and an unexpected power. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 17, 2014
B+ 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " All hail Caesar! " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 11, 2014
B+ 82% Begin Again (2014) " Carney is wonderful at evoking the joy of music, its healing powers, and the way it connects us to each other and the universe. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 1, 2014
B 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " The likeable kids, cute alien, and novelty of the found footage approach makes this heartwarming story of four friends on a thrilling adventure a good film for families. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 1, 2014
C- 25% Tammy (2014) " I can't help thinking that the over-the-top antics were the trade-off to get financing for the film, and the quieter moments were what interested them. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jul 1, 2014
B- 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " The special effects are better than the non-special effects moments, which come down to 1. Exposition 2. Banter 3. In-jokes about sequels and product placement. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 26, 2014
A- 84% Coherence (2014) " This less you know, the more you will enjoy this this nifty thriller, which craftily makes the most of its micro-budget to maximize a deliciously mind-bending story. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Excellent performances by all four of the Jersey Boys, but uneven, with too much about the relationships and not enough music. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B 23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " The cast is clearly just here to have a good time, and the audience will, too. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The cast is superbly chosen and the specificity of the sense of place lends weight to the storyline, its exquisite, pristine beauty and its precariousness. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B- 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " More money, less funny. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 12, 2014
A- 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The visuals are stunning, with thrillingly vertiginous 3D swoops and soars, and there's a love scene as tender as you will see on screen this year. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B- 33% Lullaby (2014) " An outstanding cast, a weighty subject, and the sincerest of intentions are almost enough to make up for an undercooked, stuntish, and stagey script. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 10, 2014
B+ 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " A witty, grown-up love story. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 5, 2014
A- 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " This exquisite adaptation is that rare film based on a beloved novel that does full justice to the source material without being static or talky. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B+ 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Liman deftly plays the rinse-and-repeat familiarity for both us and Cage as comedy and as thriller as needed. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B+ 54% Citizen Koch (2014) " The inescapable conclusion from the film is that there is something even more distressing than the impact of near-unfathomable individual wealth on politics: the impact on public understanding of the issues. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jun 5, 2014
C 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " It is too long, too dumb, and too gross. But sometimes funny. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 29, 2014
B 48% Maleficent (2014) " The real enchantment here is not the story but the star. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 29, 2014
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