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:
4275
Total QuickRatings:
935
Location:
Just outside of Washington DC

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 4275
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 49% Maleficent (2014) " The real enchantment here is not the story but the star. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 29, 2014
C 14% Blended (2014) " Sandler should keep working with Drew Barrymore, and next time he should also try a script with a second draft. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 22, 2014
B+ 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The powerhouse knock-you-socks-off what-did-I-just-see moments come from Quicksilver (Evan Peters) in the most dull and domestic of settings, a kitchen. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 22, 2014
B+ 88% Chef (2014) " The food is so lusciously photographed you can almost smell it. And the music perfectly matches the food, sensual and spicy. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 16, 2014
B- 73% Godzilla (2014) " What we don't have is a very good story. And for a movie with a lot of destruction, not enough of a sense of real investment in the outcome. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 16, 2014
B+ 81% Fed Up (2014) " Here's another inconvenient truth. Our food is killing us. And that's because of something even more poisonous, the corruption of our political system through diversion of corporate money to politicians through campaign contributions and lobbying. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 9, 2014
B+ 83% Belle (2014) " A beautiful, thoughtful performance in a film that has all of the trappings of the best sumptuous costume dramas but has a story with unexpected contemporary meaning. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 8, 2014
C 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " The best one can hope for from this movie is that it will be a potent deterrent to those who want to try to make more Oz movies. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 8, 2014
C 73% Neighbors (2014) " Some funny moments, especially a Robert DeNiro-themed frat party, get lost in a tidal wave of stupid humor assuming way too much inherent humor in being a man-boy. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 8, 2014
F No Score Yet Focus On The Family Presents: Irreplaceable (2014) " Uses the rhetoric of support for family as a thin and increasingly cynical and specious cover for a pernicious agenda disguised as a "conversation." " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 5, 2014
B+ 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " A very funny movie with an exceptionally likeable cast and a warm-hearted, surprisingly touching tribute to moms and their families. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 4, 2014
B+ 52% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) " An outstanding cast, a likeable narrator, and a thoughtful script take this out of the easy tears of the disease-of-the-week TV movie category. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted May 1, 2014
B+ 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Those big, swoopy, vertiginous swings through the skyscrapers and terrific performances by Garfield and Stone make this a great way to start the summer movie season. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 30, 2014
C- 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Soggy, haphazard, poorly paced slapstick mansplained by director Nick Cassavetes from a script by Melissa Stack. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 24, 2014
B 44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " The first-time director wisely worked with experienced filmmakers, like cinematographer Dean Cundey ("Apollo 13," "Jurassic Park") and a capable cast of top British actors. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 24, 2014
B+ 89% Bears (2014) " The devotion and persistence of these animals is a powerful reminder that family connections link all species. With this peek into their world, we are more aware of our own. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 17, 2014
C 19% Transcendence (2014) " Samantha infected by Heartbleed. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Believers in this particular idea of heaven will find what they are looking for. Everyone else is unlikely to be enlightened or inspired. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 16, 2014
B+ 86% Under the Skin (2014) " This haunting, provocative film is the essence of what it means to call a work of art "adult,"because of the way it presents and engages with the material. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 12, 2014
B+ 60% Draft Day (2014) " the mechanics of the arcane (to non-fans) system are fascinatingly put in place and then played like a musical instrument by director Ivan Reitman. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B+ 48% Rio 2 (2014) " Although at times over-plotted and slow to get going, this sequel is bright and entertaining, with musical numbers that rock the rainforest. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B+ 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Like Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" he does not think we can handle the truth. He may be right. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B+ 76% Anita (2014) " Not just the story of a woman objecting to demeaning treatment from her employer, but the story of a woman who told the truth with "honesty, dignity, and courage." " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 3, 2014
A- 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Funny where it should be, exciting where it should be, smarter than it needs to be, and just plain fun. " ‐ Beliefnet
Posted Apr 3, 2014
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 19% 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- 79% 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
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