Nell Minow

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% 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!
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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 4215
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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+ 94% 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- 34% 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
B 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Like the journalists Assange worked with, it tries to put some shape and perspective on a story that is still too big and too new to frame as a definitive narrative." — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 17, 2013
C 49% Carrie (2013) " There is nothing especially timely, revealing, or surprising in this remake. " — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 17, 2013
C 49% Escape Plan (2013) " Most of the time, it veers between dumb (the entire concept) to dumber: Breslin says, "I didn't see that coming," and members of the audience called out, "We did!" " — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 17, 2013
A- 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " "a shattering experience"" — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 17, 2013
C- 0% The Snow Queen (2013) " The visuals are poorly conceived, with characters that are hardly more expressive than Weebles. The vocal performances are uninspired and uninvolving." — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 14, 2013
C 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " All it needs to succeed is leads with a lot of chemistry and the ability to adapt to the rhythms of iambic pentameter and the glorious language. It fails on all three." — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 10, 2013
B+ 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Muse is the scariest of villains, someone with no other options and nothing to lose." — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 10, 2013
B+ 97% Gravity (2013) " "Gravity" is one of the once-to-a-generation films that transform our sense of the immensity of space and the potential of film. " — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 4, 2013
B+ 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " The spectacular cast makes the most of the sharp dialogue and depictions of world-class boundary issues." — Beliefnet
Posted Oct 4, 2013
B+ 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " A fresh and charming delight." — Beliefnet
Posted Sep 29, 2013
B+ 89% Rush (2013) " The British Hunt is Maverick to the Austrian Lauda's Iceman, the Michael to his Sonny, the id to Lauda's superego." — Beliefnet
Posted Sep 27, 2013
B+ 81% Don Jon (2013) " Gordon-Levitt has crafted a whip-smart, richly cinematic film with some very funny moments and a lot of heart." — Beliefnet
Posted Sep 27, 2013
B+ 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " The all-star cast delivers with performances of aching sensitivity and heart. " — Beliefnet
Posted Sep 19, 2013
B 82% Prisoners (2013) " A dark, tense drama." — Beliefnet
Posted Sep 19, 2013
B 29% The Family (2013) " Luc Besson enjoys genre mash-ups that can be outrageous to the point of being deranged. Sometimes that mixture of mayhem, comedy, and sentiment works better than others." — Beliefnet
Posted Sep 13, 2013
B 62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " This is a love letter to the fans from five boys who know how lucky they are and like to show off for the camera." — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 29, 2013
C- 2% Getaway (2013) " So forgettable that better title would be "Throwaway." " — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 29, 2013
B 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " The damage to democracy may be more devastating than the damage to life and property. " — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 27, 2013
B+ 89% The World's End (2013) " I refuse to call it a trilogy....I hope they end up with at least as many in the series as there are flavors of Cornetto ice cream treats." — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 25, 2013
B+ 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " It has the intimacy of a documentary so that the solid, assured narrative structure sneaks up on you." — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 23, 2013
B+ 30% Austenland (2013) " Hess manages to both send up and pay tribute to the core conventions of romantic comedy, and for fans of the genre that is a very happy ending indeed." — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 22, 2013
B+ 92% In a World... (2013) " A smart, fresh, and funny film that sends up Hollywood, sexism, and the conventions of the romantic comedy and yet somehow has us rooting for the characters." — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 20, 2013
B 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " As with most adaptations of beloved books, this film plays to the fans." — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 20, 2013
B+ 74% War of the Worlds (2005) " The story is affecting, the action scenes are thrilling, the issues are resonant. " — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 15, 2013
B+ 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " This cavalcade of star power is just the frame. Director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong put the human story at the center of the tumultuous historic changes." — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 15, 2013
B 27% Jobs (2013) " t is reporting rather than illuminating. But it is watchable and modestly entertaining." — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 15, 2013
C 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Wadlow's biggest mistake is in overlooking the obvious - this movie belongs to Hit Girl. Every time she is off the screen, it's like the projector bulb fades. " — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 15, 2013
B 26% Planes (2013) " The modest ambitions for this movie are refreshing in a summer of over-plotted movies for kids." — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 8, 2013
B+ 68% Elysium (2013) " "Elysium" is a smart sci-fi thriller that bundles the action and visuals we want with some provocative ideas about some of today's most contentious issues. " — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 8, 2013
B+ 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " Even better than the first. The young actors are more comfortable, their characters better established, and the special effects more, well, special. " — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 7, 2013
C 47% We're The Millers (2013) " Everyone on screen is slumming a little in this silly comedy. " — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 7, 2013
B 64% 2 Guns (2013) " It is an uneasy mix, but the stars own the fizzy dialogue with such brio, electricity and pure charisma that they provide the real explosive power. " — Beliefnet
Posted Aug 1, 2013
B 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " this movie is easier to admire than to like... Allen as a director is still getting better, but as a screenwriter he needs to do a few more drafts." — Beliefnet
Posted Jul 25, 2013
B 69% The Wolverine (2013) " A superhero movie has to have three things: a reason to care about the characters, sensational action scenes, and a really interesting villain. I'd give this movie one out of three. " — Beliefnet
Posted Jul 25, 2013
A- 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " A star-making performance by Michael B. Jordan. " — Beliefnet
Posted Jul 18, 2013
B- 42% Red 2 (2013) " The AARP-eligible cast still has it. Next time, the MacGuffin they seek should be a better script." — Beliefnet
Posted Jul 18, 2013
B+ 93% Still Mine (2013) " It is so sweetly portrayed it will make you eager to get old." — Beliefnet
Posted Jul 18, 2013
B+ 67% Turbo (2013) " Great voice talent in a story that puts the "go" in escargot. " — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 17, 2013
B 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " If you ever wanted to see a movie that is nothing but giant monsters battling giant robots, this is it." — Beliefnet
Posted Jul 11, 2013
C 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " Each decade gets the western it deserves. For our time we get the very essence of soulless corporate excess and celebrity self-regard. " — Beliefnet
Posted Jul 7, 2013
B 63% Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013) " The stories are mainly in the "b****es be crazy" category....entertaining enough, but we get a sense he can do more. " — Beliefnet
Posted Jul 6, 2013
B+ 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Faxon, Rash, and their exceptionally capable cast have managed, with a story that is specific enough to feel new but universal enough to hit home." — Beliefnet
Posted Jul 5, 2013
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