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
86% Cunningham (2019) What this presents is the essence of movement... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
85% Tommaso (2019) Willem Dafoe is sometimes mellow, sometimes erratic, but always interesting to watch. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
63% The Good Liar (2019) It's hard to guess the motivations of the characters...Mirren and McKellen are always fun to watch, no matter the material, but this material is wobbly. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) A timely retelling of a beloved classic. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
86% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) A very colorful film noire...not sure I completely followed the intrigue, but there is a virtuoso tension that left me riveted... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Twenty-four hours later, I can already feel most of that movie evaporating from my memory... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
66% Knives and Skin (2019) It's ambitious, very ambitious, in juggling a wide range of characters on a very limited budget...it didn't speak to me but I invite everyone to see for themselves... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
79% Proxima (2019) Ava Green is ideal for conveying the gravitas that comes with training without gravity... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
No Score Yet Sympathy for the Devil (Sympathie pour le diable) (2019) The recklessness, the rigor...an important movie and an important anecdote to "fake news..." - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
20% Perfect Nanny (Chanson Douce) (2019) The main attraction here is Karin Viard as Louise, but she's so peculiar I felt like yelling at the screen. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
91% It Must Be Heaven (2019) [Elia] Suleiman's sensibility is Kafka meets Buster Keaton -- tragic, but droll. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story is wonderfully complex. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) This puts us right in the driver's seat, about mechanical excellence, human foils, the nature of competition...without being lectured to, it feels organic. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
71% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) The attention to detail and the emotional power of events is breathtaking. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
80% Martin Eden (2019) The acting is lyrical...I enjoyed this enormously. It keeps you off balance and it overflows with high-stakes emotion. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) At some point, I just wanted to start throwing money at the screen... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
84% Sorry We Missed You (2020) This movie doesn't preach, it just shows us what things are like, terrifying relevant right now... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) The basic premise is outstanding, and there's real food for thought here, but I left the theater hungry. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
98% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Wild and wooly, and thanks to a few musical numbers, it's got a good bleat you can dance to. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
No Score Yet In the Name of the Land (Au nom de la terre) (2019) A gut-wrenching cri de coeur about the ways rural life and agricultural methods have changed over the past 40 years. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
63% Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire) (2019) A touching look into the dysfunctional workings of the corridors of power at the Lyon town hall...a lively, touching exploration of the way we live now, seen through two generations. Classy but accessible. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
85% The Brink (2019) What's in this movie is very, very damning stuff. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) [Céline] Sciamma's original screenplay offers a surprising romance. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
59% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) It's a wisecracking comedy, awash in nostalgia... for an idealized Manhattan that postively glows thanks to the splendid cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) [Brad] Pitt's performance... is what gives the premise gravity. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Two of Us (Deux) (2019) A romance this convincingly lived-in is rare indeed. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
57% Frankie (2019) A self-indulgent, stop-and-start, lurching, awkward and unrewarding excuse of a movie. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
86% The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul) (2019) A sober but gorgeously-drawn story...an important meditation on freedom. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Our Lady of the Nile (Notre-Dame du Nil) (2019) Frightening, sometimes confusing but strangely captivating, this is an unusual history lesson shot with verve and laced with violence. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
80% Arab Blues (Un divan à Tunis) (2019) Via a colourful array of characters still getting their bearings post-Arab Spring, first-time writer-director Manele Labidi packs a lot of affectionate observations into compact running time. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) A Son compellingly explores the expression "a matter of life and death" via a suspenseful and emotionally draining tale of reverberating collateral damage. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
85% Untouchable (2019) Some poignant, brave, well-spoken women...chilling stuff... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
100% An Easy Girl (Un fille facile) (2019) An Easy Girl challenges female stereotypes and attitudes to success...I certainly learned something. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) A good movie, about two female characters...women can certainly excel... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
59% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) A bittersweet comedy peppered with splendid performances... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
60% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2019) A deft and absorbing multi-pronged tale about a kind, hard-working woman whose life becomes a morass of collateral damage, A Girl Missing is satisfying slow-burn drama expertly told. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) The story was brilliantly told. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
56% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une lumière) (2019) Dreary, but what this film has to offer is its performances. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A terrific film, with a lot to say about ingenuity and loneliness. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's really, really an event. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
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
40% 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
97% 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
75% Particles (Les particules) (2019) A modest but unusual film, with an anxiety-boosting score. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This dark, dark comedy straddles several genres and is very satisfying. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
51% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) This seemed more dutiful than inspired... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019