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
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) This film is an indelible tribute to the soldiers who, as they put it, had a job of work to do, and did it. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
38% Vita & Virginia (2019) [The film] collapses under the weight of overbearing pronouncements. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Boy are these songs good, as performed by Himesh Patel...Kate McKinnon is excellent as a record executive straight from hell, or some place even worse than that... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) There's a bit of overcompensating here, and there's too much attention given to the human characters...but it gets us emotionally involved, and the animation is spectacular. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
100% Living and Knowing You are Alive (Être vivant et le savoir) (2019) An experimental, personal reflection on life and death...uneven but unique. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Over-the-top, but also earnest in a berserk way. It's too flat and perfunctory, and it should've been much better than it was. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) This is a very special document of an unbelievable set of pipes, a pretty cool reverent and a melodic, charismatic choir... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
83% Particles (Les particules) (2019) A modest but unusual film, with an anxiety-boosting score. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This dark, dark comedy straddles several genres and is very satisfying. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
52% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2019) This seemed more dutiful than inspired... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
75% A Man and a Woman (1966) This rightfully holds a special place in the hearts of filmgoers everywhere. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
60% Yves (2019) The premise is splendid and the execution cordially over the top although the venture wears out its welcome before the end. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
83% Particles (Les particules) (2019) The film's consistently earned sense of unease is enhanced by an excellent anxiety-boosting score. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
40% Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire) (2019) Talky in the best possible way, this is a classy but accessible piece of entertainment which is also food for thought. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
89% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) This is a very accomplished debut. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet I Lost My Body (J'ai perdu mon corps) (2019) A sinuous, thought-provoking medley of creative leaps that coalesce into an unpredictable narrative gem, I Lost My Body (J'ai perdu mon corps) is sit up and take notice animation. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2019) A taciturn former policeman in a small Icelandic enclave grows more complex before our eyes in the visually arresting and emotionally rewarding A White, White Day. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
80% And Then We Danced (2019) An instantly engaging tale of a young male dancer's sexual awakening in contemporary Tbilisi, And Then We Danced is personal and political, romantic and educational. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
75% A Brother's Love (La femme de mon frère) (2019) The comedy of unease is overlong but earnest and energetic, marking Chokri as a talent to continue watching. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
89% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) It has the aura of unease from the very first frame. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) I was involved all the way. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
No Score Yet The Mercy of the Jungle (2018) Contrast hits home with exquisite filming...aesthetically it's quite beautiful...nature couldn't care less about the deadly quarrels of men. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
40% Farewell to the Night (L'Adieu a la nuit) (2019) A deft examination of how one person's poor decision radiates out to harm others. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
No Score Yet Still Recording (2018) The closing credits are sobering. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
88% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) I laughed a lot at this satire...it affectionately lampoons stereotypes... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
97% Schindler's List (1993) The story of a righteous rescue mission amid unimaginable horror...a sober, historical drama. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
No Score Yet Escape from Raqqa (Exfiltrés) (2019) It looks convincing, but it doesn't quite hang together. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
70% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2019) Just how powerful are virtual relationships? I think it's something we should certainly keep looking into. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Lovely actors and harrowing situations, but I just didn't care... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
66% Vice (2018) McKay does some absolutely beautiful things with the structure of the film. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
70% The Invisibles (2019) This film's mix of actual women from the streets with a handful of actresses working in France is actually quite funny. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) It's a good part for Eastwood...a window into our past... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
No Score Yet Yao (2019) All narrative developments are so low-key and leisurely that for long stretches, snails seem to be the target audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) I found this touching, a very good exploration of the power of art and imagination in working through trauma. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
87% Colette (2018) This very earnest and lovely-to-look-at production is reasonably enjoyable, without being "all" that good. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Invisibles (Les Invisibles) (2018) A universal underdog vibe gives this consistently funny look at daunting circumstances the potential to travel and touch audiences far and wide. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Edmond (2018) This isn't strictly how the most widely performed French play of all time came to be, but filmgoers should be happy to buy into this fast-paced fantasy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
50% The Emperor of Paris (L'Empereur de Paris) (2018) Very little of it registers as exciting action. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
67% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Jean--Claude Carriere is a national treasure. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) If I had to sum up Ginsberg's contributions in a sentence, if you're female and breathing in America, you owe her big time. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
94% Wildlife (2018) Such a superb showcase for fine, fine actors. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
56% The Bookshop (2018) A bit disappointed. This isn't exactly a page-turner...deeply feminist, though... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
71% The Happy Prince (2018) Astonishing for a first film... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
100% In Safe Hands (Pupille) (2018) A very interesting foundation for a movie. The process is displayed with warmth, humor and authenticity... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
78% To the Ends of the World (Les confins du monde) (2018) If you suspect that the rote phrase "thank you for your service" can't begin to cover the horror of war, please seek this out. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
81% Leto (2019) In addition to being a gloriously bittersweet and entertaining story with great music, it's an important film. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) It's gentle, as the interlocking members of the community stand up for what they believe in...there are lots and lots of characters, but it's never difficult to tell them apart. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
91% Widows (2018) It's complex, and enjoyable, although not exactly moral...there are a sufficient amount of twists that keep you guessing in a fun way. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
99% The Third Man (1949) The music is as distinctive as the James Bond or Star Wars theme... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
67% Yomeddine (2019) In this case, I was effortlessly won over. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018