Nell Minow

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 71% Welcome to Me (2015) " The most recent in a series of Wiig's depressed/repressed roles. No one's asking for a perky rom-com, but please, something different. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 30, 2015
B+ 82% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) " There is romance and drama in the story, tragedy and betrayal, but it engages in a bracing fashion with issues of class, honor, and values. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 30, 2015
B+ 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " If at least nine lead characters get their due in dramatic arcs, quippy zingers, and superhero showmanship, it is inevitable that it will be cluttered. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 30, 2015
B- 61% The Water Diviner (2015) " Before it detours into not one, not two, but at least three preposterous Hollywood twists, "The Water Diviner" is an absorbing drama. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 23, 2015
B 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) " Lively gives a thoughtful, complex performance, with undertones of melancholy and a yearning for connection. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 23, 2015
B 50% True Story (2015) " Uneven but Franco's creepy charm is compelling. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 17, 2015
B+ 93% Monkey Kingdom (2015) " Adorable as expected but also surprisingly absorbing, with marvelous narration from Tina Fey. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 17, 2015
A- 91% Ex Machina (2015) " Visually stunning, intellectually provocative, emotionally powerful. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 17, 2015
C 28% The Longest Ride (2015) " Unrelenting generic blandness " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 9, 2015
B 82% Furious 7 (2015) " It's flying cars and explosions. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Bang Bang. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 5, 2015
B+ 84% While We're Young (2015) " Both young and old will find a lot to laugh at in this film, which has Baumbach's frothiest dialog and shrewdest characterizations. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 2, 2015
B+ 53% Woman in Gold (2015) " And now this movie is a part of its story, putting Adele back into the picture and giving us a portrait of the niece who insisted that her story be told. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 1, 2015
B+ 46% Home (2015) " Cute and colorful movie with an important safety tip concerning one of the most destructive forces in the universe, hitting the dreaded "send to all." " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 26, 2015
B+ 78% Danny Collins (2015) " That's what movies are for - to let us see Danny overcome his son's efforts not to give in, all to the tune of some of Lennon's most moving songs. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 19, 2015
C 16% The Gunman (2015) " Stars too often produce the kind of movie they want to star in, instead of the kind of movie anyone wants to watch. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 19, 2015
B- 31% Insurgent (2015) " At times it's just a weaponized vision of the highly cliquish tables at the high school cafeteria. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 19, 2015
C- 61% Run All Night (2015) " A dumb bang bang crash bang of a movie that only takes time away from its various dumb shootout scenes for its various dumb talking scenes. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B+ 84% Cinderella (2015) " True to the spirit of the classic story but fresh and filled with heart and magic. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B+ 85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " No matter what you think about tobacco, climate change, or fire retardants, this is an essential film because it addresses the key issue of trust. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 5, 2015
B 30% Chappie (2015) " The fact that the robot is more human than the humans is, to put it in computing terms, a bug, not a feature " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 5, 2015
B+ 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " Gently disrupts all of the happy endings of the first film just enough to allow for some minor misunderstandings, pointed commentary, and even happier endings. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 5, 2015
C 11% Unfinished Business (2015) " A weird and sadly sour mash-up of wild, raunchy comedy, underdog triumph, and treacly family story " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Mar 5, 2015
B 71% The DUFF (2015) " Whitman makes Bianca so thoroughly herself throughout that anyone would be glad to have her for a BFF. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Feb 19, 2015
B+ 79% McFarland USA (2015) " Warm, sensitive performances and telling details " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Feb 19, 2015
B- 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " Johnson has a natural warmth, intelligence, and humor that come across on screen and go a long way toward making the movie less silly than it could have been. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Feb 12, 2015
B- 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " A film that began with a confident sense of sophistication, wit, and edge knows what it is not ("This is not that kind of movie") but not what it is. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Feb 12, 2015
B 64% The Rewrite (2015) " Sometimes all we want from a movie is self-deprecating Hugh learning to find his heart and soul, the cinematic equivalent to eating a pint of Rocky Road ice cream. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Feb 5, 2015
B 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " Often downright silly, even snicker-worthy. It is over the quota for just-in-time saves...And yet, it is fun and there are even a few moments that are shrewdly conceived. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Feb 5, 2015
B+ 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) " Deliriously silly story, tender-hearted and cheery. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Feb 5, 2015
B- 13% Seventh Son (2015) " The fight scenes are exciting, the visuals and special effects are impressive, and it is fun to see two big actors take on these scenery-chomping roles. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Feb 5, 2015
B- 82% Black Sea (2015) " The fundamentals of the story and that irresistibly cramped and isolated setting keep the tension level high. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 29, 2015
37% Black or White (2015) " Binder continues to be better with the small moments than the big ones. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 29, 2015
C 18% Strange Magic (2015) " The moral of the story is that looks don't matter. But in animation, looks do matter, and even a sweet romance and fun tunes cannot overcome the clunkiness of its design. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 24, 2015
D 13% Mortdecai (2015) " There was no laughter, just grim resolve on the part of those of us professionally obligated to stick it out through the bitter end. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 23, 2015
D 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) " A dumb, thrill-less thriller. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 22, 2015
B+ 49% Cake (2015) " a brave, vulnerable, nuanced, grimly humorous and deeply felt performance " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 22, 2015
B 54% Spare Parts (2015) " The fictionalized backstory for Cameron is superfluous and distracting...Still, with a storyline like this one, it cannot help being fun to watch. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 16, 2015
B 98% Paddington (2015) " True to the gentle humor and sweetness of the books. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 16, 2015
B+ 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " Isaac and Chastain have a fearlessness with each other that requires complete trust as actors. Every scene they are in together crackles. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 16, 2015
B 73% Inherent Vice (2015) " Anderson's impeccable casting and music choices are captivating, and there is an amusing contrast between his attention to every detail and the convoluted storyline. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Jan 8, 2015
A- 51% Unbroken (2014) " Gorgeously filmed, superbly acted, and directed with great sensitivity and compassion " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 24, 2014
B+ 72% Big Eyes (2014) " A very good film about very bad art . " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 24, 2014
B 71% Into the Woods (2014) " A complicated, challenging retelling of classic fairy tales where having your wish granted may leave you worse off than you were before. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 24, 2014
A 99% Selma (2015) " Superb as biography, as history, and as drama. It is one of the best movies of this year and this decade. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 24, 2014
B- 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) " The good news: it's a zippy 90 minutes. The bad news: way too many of those minutes involve a peeing monkey. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 18, 2014
B- 27% Annie (2014) " There is a nice energy in the opening scenes as Annie navigates the city, passing street performers riffing on the well-known score. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 18, 2014
B 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " Visually stunning, capably presented, and utterly unnecessary, this final in the six-movie Tolkien cycle is just for the fans. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 16, 2014
B 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " An all-star (but mostly non Middle-Eastern) cast and 3D technology really deliver on the special effects. Not so much on the morality or meaning of it. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 11, 2014
B+ 87% Top Five (2014) " It is the funniest movie of the year, in part because it is so sharply observed. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 11, 2014
D 16% Godzilla (1998) " Yhe movie sorely misses the quirky charm of "Independence Day's" Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum and the story never captures the heart. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Dec 11, 2014
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