Lisa Nesselson

Lisa Nesselson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
In her capacity as a reviewer for Variety (Variety.com), a columnist for The Paris Free Voice (parisvoice.com) and a contributor to FilmScouts (filmscouts.com) and Eurocinema (eurocinema.com), Paris-based Chicagoan Lisa Nesselson sees 400+ films a year and has contingency plans to make her living by reciting the plots to the good ones if the Millennium Bug makes it impossible to ever watch a movie again.
Location: Paris, France

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Good Mother (Bonne mère) (2021) The authentic cast and decor bring to life the story of a working-class woman living in the north of Marseille. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
76% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) It's clear Newton was a considerate man and a superb collaborator...really entertaining film. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
94% Titane (2021) The film is leveled by its humor... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
95% Memoria (2021) Meditations on nature, our place in the world, where time sort of stops. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
71% Teddy (2020) The brothers are definitely talents to watch... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
89% Charlatan (2021) The acting and production design are both top-notch. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
No Score Yet French Tech (Les deux Alfred) (2020) Bruno Podalydès skewers the jargon-infested, productivity-obsessed contemporary world of work in French Tech... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
33% Deception (Tromperie) (2021) Deception touches and entertains. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
No Score Yet Good Mother (Bonne mère) (2021) A seemingly effortless example of all the intersectionality, diversity and women in front of and behind the camera anyone could possibly want. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
No Score Yet The Gravedigger's Wife (2021) The result is handsome, involving and free of condescension toward its protagonists and their time-sensitive dilemma. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
100% Drive My Car (2021) Not for all tastes, but attractive leads and mysterious interlocking narrative layers accompanied by a very pleasant score help make it seem shorter than its three-hour running time. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
100% Playground (Un monde) (2021) Playground is a sit-up-and-take-notice blend of outstandingly natural performances enhanced by spot-on cinematic choices. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
100% Onoda - 10 000 Nights in the Jungle (2021) This gripping tale of misguided patriotism recreates a vanished set of circumstances via excellent performances and well-tailored cinematic choices. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
95% My Octopus Teacher (2020) The footage is magnificent, and over the entire running time, I never grew tired of it. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) A Black story for a Black ensemble, well-made and true to the material. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
76% The Addiction (1995) You can look at it as an allegory for addiction...or you can enjoy the sexy and unnerving tale. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
77% Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell (2021) He's been called the greatest rapper who ever lived. This doc didn't really help me understand why. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
60% Next Door (2021) A sardonic critique of celebrity and romance... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
91% I'm Your Man (2021) Very intriguing... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) A great American road film... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
75% The Mauritanian (2021) Foster is fantastic in her fine-turn as a real-life lawyer... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
100% We (2021) Diop sets out to depict the lives of modest people, who have been written out of history or simply considered of insufficient interest to bother describing and/or celebrating. This she does with a patient eye and a natural flair for casual rhythms. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
87% The Dig (2021) The perfect backdrop for human drama... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
57% Resistance (2020) A very uneven but earnest film. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
97% Breathless (1961) An irreverent French spin on Godard's affection for American gangster movies... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
68% 17 Girls (2012) An altogether French film populated with fresh-faced and energetic young women... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
71% Café au Lait (1993) A hip interracial comedy with jaunty rap-inflected scores...grounded in the reality of multiethnic city life, this is the 100-percent answer to She's Gotta Have It... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
81% Water Lilies (2008) Parents and other authority figures are so tangential... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The themes could not be more relevant to today...can justice prevail with a biased judge in charge? - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% The Swarm (La Nuée) (2020) This ambitious effort may turn overly convenient in its plot points before the end but it is still an impressive debut with perfectly incorporated digital and mechanical effects and an unnervingly gung-ho central performance. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
88% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) Cuties is not a great film, but it is a sensitive and thought-provoking portrait. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
97% Rocks (2020) I was touched by the absolute matter-of-fact multiculturalism. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
88% Undine (2020) I'm grateful for Petzold...he's truly was meant to tell stories through film. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
90% Kajillionaire (2020) The movie has things to say about parenting, romance, capitalism and the therapeutic value of trying to repair the past. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
97% Billie (2020) The director makes excellent use of the authority of these voices...what a gift and what a life. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Last Words (2020) The very prototype of an ambitious film project with its heart in the right place and bittersweet if frequently half-baked ideas to burn, Last Words takes too many pratfalls en route to the Bureau of Poetic License. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
86% DNA (ADN) (2020) While peppered with sometimes funny, sometimes touching details, the screenplay by Maïwenn with Mathieu Demy assumes too much about what people outside this screwed-up clan might find consistently engaging. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
No Score Yet Tout Simplement Noir (2020) It sends up the French entertainment industry and the ludicrous received wisdom about Black people. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
90% Abou Leila (2019) Surreal elements make this sun-drenched western part-thriller, part-tragedy... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
79% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2021) Summer Of 85 blends the energy of youth with the curveballs of fate in a pleasant, keenly acted package that, despite a tragic core, will send all but the most strait-laced curmudgeon out of the cinema smiling. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
57% Malmkrog (2020) I was especially taken with the idea of the antichrist uniting humanity, and the women speaking their minds...this touches colonialism, servitude, war and peace, topics we are still figuring out... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Stewart skewers human behavior with an affectionate touch... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
100% Love Affairs(s) (The Things We Say, The Things We Do) (2020) Lengthy but deliciously calibrated... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
100% Josep (2020) [A] somber but ultimately heartening account of how the human spirit copes with inhuman circumstances. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
100% Slalom (2021) Nothing is cut and dried on the emotional front and that's what renders the story anything but mundane. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
88% Les Misérables (2020) As topical as can be...the phenomenal of the success of this film is an argument for sticking to your guns. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
77% Jumbo (2021) Definitely one to look forward to... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) We can see comedy, social drama, even a few westerns in there...her name should never, ever be forgotten again. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks aligns so closely with the real Fred Rogers. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
100% A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) One of the most exciting movies I've seen in quite some time. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020