Nell Minow

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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 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.
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!
Beliefnet , Chicago Sun-Times , Common Sense Media , Denver Post , , Kansas City Star , Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society, Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
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Just outside of Washington DC

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 4243
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ 77% Noah (2014) " It should satisfy believers, seekers, and those who just want an exciting story, well told. " — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 27, 2014
D 20% Sabotage (2014) " "Sabotage" begins with two painful images. A woman is being horribly tortured. And Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the man watching it happen on video, is trying to act. " — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 27, 2014
B 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " The people who made this film brought the same loving attention to the characters that the characters do to the small feathered creatures they care for so deeply." — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B 41% Divergent (2014) " It is fun to see Tris come into her own. She knows you do not have to be harsh to be strong, or weak to be kind." — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 20, 2014
A- 80% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " A giddy mixture of sharp wit, delirious silliness, pop culture references, random guest stars, and a self-deprecating but irrepressibly sunny sensibility." — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B+ 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Anderson is the master of "saudade," the nostalgia for something you never had or that never existed." — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 13, 2014
A- 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " The mystery is absorbing, but it is the depth of characters and richness of the relationships that makes this movie so effective. Fifteen minutes in, I was a marshmallow." — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 13, 2014
C 22% Need For Speed (2014) " The cars are fast and pretty and the stunts are impressive. But when it comes to the script, it just spins its wheels. " — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B- 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " The only thing that stands out from the carnage is Green, whose Artemisia is one of the most outright cray-cray villains since Cruella De Vil. " — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 6, 2014
C 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Smarmy, overblown, dumbed down, and off-kilter. " — Beliefnet
Posted Mar 6, 2014
C 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Sinks to a level of ridiculousness that harshes the buzz from even a top-notch cast and engaging set-up. " — Beliefnet
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B 21% Son Of God (2014) " Thoughtful, reverent, and dignified, made by believers for believers. " — Beliefnet
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B+ 81% If You Build It (2014) " This is a compelling narrative both in its own terms and as a metaphor of many of the core themes and conflicts in America today. " — Beliefnet
Posted Feb 23, 2014
B- 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Costner reminds us why he is a movie star with ease and likability that is a perfect match for Besson's trademark mash-up: intense action, gooey sentiment, and goofy comedy. " — Beliefnet
Posted Feb 20, 2014
B- 29% Pompeii (2014) " The special effects, especially in 3D, are impressive. But the movie is dragged down by its cheesy storyline." — Beliefnet
Posted Feb 20, 2014
B 68% About Last Night (2014) " Hart appears opposite someone who is every bit his match, the fabulously talented Regina Hall, one of the best comic pairings since Mae West and W.C. Fields." — Beliefnet
Posted Feb 13, 2014
B- 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Deeply romantic but pretty daffy." — Beliefnet
Posted Feb 13, 2014
B+ 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " The humility and devotion of the heroes cannot help but move us and, I hope, inspire us to treasure the masterworks they saved and the heroes who saved them." — Beliefnet
Posted Feb 6, 2014
A- 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " This movie is itself the best possible antidote to the tendency to settle for lowest-common-denominator formula storytelling." — Beliefnet
Posted Feb 6, 2014
C 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " A cast of exceptionally appealing performers and some very funny lines are not enough to make this raunchy comedy overcome its essential charmlessness." — Beliefnet
Posted Jan 30, 2014
D 33% Labor Day (2014) " The entire last third of the film involves so many bad decisions-no, not just bad, catastrophically imbecilic-that we lose our sympathy for just about everyone involved." — Beliefnet
Posted Jan 30, 2014
B+ 22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " An affecting drama that shows us the resilience and courage of girls who have to learn very quickly to be the loving parents they never had." — Beliefnet
Posted Jan 24, 2014
C- 11% The Nut Job (2014) " As we see so often in sub-par animation, the focus (literally) seems to be on making every hair distinct rather than in finding a visual way to move the story. " — Beliefnet
Posted Jan 16, 2014
C- 18% Ride Along (2014) " Will they try to get laughs out of pointless destruction and reckless shooting injuries? Yep. How about from being doped up on morphine? Sure, why not? " — Beliefnet
Posted Jan 16, 2014
B- 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Director Kenneth Branagh's biggest mistake was in the casting of the villain: Kenneth Branagh. " — Beliefnet
Posted Jan 16, 2014
B 82% G.B.F. (2014) " Writer George Northy and director Darren Stein manage to subvert and salute the traditions of the high school comedy." — Beliefnet
Posted Jan 15, 2014
C- 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " Drab, washed-out cinematography, poorly staged action scenes, incompetent acting, bad hair, terrible computer effects, and dialogue that lands more heavily than Herc's punch." — Beliefnet
Posted Jan 9, 2014
B+ 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Their courage, dedication, and skill were unparalleled and the tragic stupidity of war presented them with a series of awful choices and unthinkable danger." — Beliefnet
Posted Jan 9, 2014
A- 94% Her (2013) " Jonze tells the ancient story here with great sensitivity and lyricism, the kind of artistry that machinery can never replace." — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 24, 2013
D 29% Grudge Match (2013) " Not just bad -- it is sad that it is so bad." — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 24, 2013
B+ 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " There are some bracingly robust images, befitting a story about the man who goes places and the man who looks at the pictures of places." — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 24, 2013
A- 76% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The cocaine and ludes are not nearly as powerful as the most intoxicating substances of all: greed mixed with testosterone and pure id." — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 24, 2013
A- 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Oscar Isaac gives the best performance of the year as the title character in the most intimate and profound movie yet from the Coen brothers." — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 19, 2013
A- 93% American Hustle (2013) " So many layers of double-cross, lies, betrayal, grandiosity, and sheer insanity that the audience may feel they are getting lost, but in a way, that is the point. " — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B 24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " The beauty and majesty of the great creatures is marred a bit by too much focus on poop and barf jokes, silly winks at the audience," and distracting anthropomorphism." — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B+ 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Beats the sophomore slump with just the right mix of stuff we want to see again and some surprisingly sharp satire about the current state of the news business." — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 17, 2013
B —— Contest (2013) " "Contest" more than makes up for some first-time-filmmaker shortcomings with its sincerity and unexpected strengths in the storyline and cinematography. " — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 16, 2013
B+ 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Thompson gives one of the best performances of the year, showing us the insecurity and humanity and wit of a woman who is far more complex than she wishes to appear. " — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 14, 2013
B+ 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " The intricacy of the detail everywhere you look is more than gorgeous. It lends a timelessness to the story. " — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 12, 2013
C- 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " It collapses under the combined weight of pretentiousness and condescension. This is Hollywood's idea of a searing drama about life in recession-era heartland. " — Beliefnet
Posted Dec 5, 2013
B+ 48% Black Nativity (2013) " The concluding scenes of redemption and reunion are tender and transcendent. " — Beliefnet
Posted Nov 26, 2013
B+ 92% Philomena (2013) " More improbable than any fictional story would dare to be, the journey taken by Philomena and Sixsmith is bittersweet and ultimately transcendent. " — Beliefnet
Posted Nov 24, 2013
B 38% Delivery Man (2013) " The undeniable sweetness of "Delivery Man" makes its inherent silliness just about forgivable. " — Beliefnet
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B+ 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " A deeper, smarter, politically sharper, and more emotionally resonant follow-up." — Beliefnet
Posted Nov 20, 2013
B 46% The Book Thief (2013) " Rush's performance and some touching moments make this perhaps the best we can hope for in fictional portrayals grappling with the incomprehensible." — Beliefnet
Posted Nov 14, 2013
B+ 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " McConaughey, pared down to nothing but grit and sinew, gives a performance of profound sensitivity and scope." — Beliefnet
Posted Nov 8, 2013
B+ 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Hiddleston is clearly having a blast as a god who lives for chaos and he brings a jolt of pure devilish pleasure to every scene he is in. " — Beliefnet
Posted Nov 8, 2013
B 47% Last Vegas (2013) " The greatest pleasure of this film is in watching the evident pleasure five Oscar-winning pros take in each other. " — Beliefnet
Posted Nov 2, 2013
B+ 69% About Time (2013) " It is in the third act when things start to get interesting, because that is when the focus shifts to the father-son relationship. " — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 31, 2013
C 18% Free Birds (2013) " I think this may be the worst idea for a movie intended for children I have heard since the one about the kid bank robber. " — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 31, 2013
B- 35% The Counselor (2013) " Good ideas and gorgeous talk get lost in an awkward, over-the-top, you've got to be kidding me mess. Other writers are better at adapting his ideas for film than he is." — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 25, 2013
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