Lynnette Nicholas

Lynnette Nicholas
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Lynnette Nicholas is a parenting, culture, entertainment writer and on-camera host. She is a staff writer for Moms.com and a Cultural contributor for Reader's Digest. Her work has appeared in: Reader's Digest, HuffPost Parents, HuffPost Black Voices and Common Sense Media, among others. Follow her on Twitter @truelylynnette.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 96% Soul (2020) It's rare that an animated feature from a big franchise leaves both adult and youth audiences pondering their purpose in life. Yet, Pixar and Disney's 'Soul' does this and so much more with humor, sensitivity and grace. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
3/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The Croods: A New Age is a beautifully animated feature that is full of adventure, lessons learned and unique plot twists. It is loaded with allegory, and there are many teachable moments. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
3/4 52% The Lion King (2019) The 'Lion King' is engaging, cinematically beautiful, and showcases some of the rich cultural traditions of Africa. Though at times, the CGI was a little distracting. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
4/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) 'The Art of Racing In The Rain' is definitely a family movie that provides plenty of opportunities to talk with kids and teenagers about: life, death, raising children and changes in family dynamics. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
3/4 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) A 'salt of the Earth' type of film that shows nature's beauty and power. The characters within the film carry much spiritual and emotional weight. Some scenes may be difficult for dog lovers and younger audiences to watch at certain times too. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
4/4 77% Frozen II (2019) Disney's 'Frozen 2' far exceeds the original animated film. The character development, storyline and the overall themes are more nuanced, detailed and intriguing. There are some scenes that may insight fear in smaller kids, but overall it's kid-friendly. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
2/4 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) 'Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' is beautifully animated, but there are many dark moments and themes within the movie that overshadow the notion that this film is supposed to be for kids or younger audiences. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) 'Harriet' is not a film about slavery. It's a powerful, inspirational and redemptive film about a woman who changed the course of American history. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
3/4 61% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) 'The Secret Life Of Pets 2' highlights the power of teamwork, perseverance, and overcoming fear. It's a wonderful family movie that both adults and kids can enjoy together. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
3.5/4 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) 'Spies In Disguise' is a great movie for the entire family. There are positive themes of embracing differences, taking ownership of idiosyncrasies, and showcases the benefits of not giving up. This film also shows kids that nerds and science are cool too! - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
3.5/4 87% Emma. (2020) Autumn de Wilde's 'Emma' is a thoughtful and charming take on Austen's classic novel. Comedic undertones perfectly balance heavier themes centering the social constructs of marriage, preoccupation with pedigree and excessive privilege. It's a must see. - moms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
4/5 81% Charm City Kings (2020) Powerful drama highlights the power of choices; violence. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 71% Emperor (2020) Fact-based historical drama has courage, violence. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 100% Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story (2020) Inspirational sports docu about basketball legend. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 83% A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps (2020) Informative documentary promotes global activism. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet A Kid From Coney Island (2019) Inspiring sports docu shows value of perseverance. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
3/5 73% Assassin 33 A.D. (2020) Religion and time-travel converge in intense thriller. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
4.5/5 40% Only (2020) Takashi Doscher's Only depicts a love that we rarely get to see on screen. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
4/5 78% The Banker (2020) '60s-set drama highlights housing, banking discrimination. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
2/5 67% Extracurricular (2019) Dark, morbid teen horror with lots of blood, gore, murder. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
3/5 52% Burden (2020) Dramatic true story of redemption has racial violence. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
4/5 82% Eve's Bayou (1996) '90s African American family drama has violence, language. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
4/5 87% Rosewood (1997) Action-packed historical drama; some violence. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
3/5 74% The Photograph (2020) Genuine romantic drama positively showcases Black love. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
4/5 93% Light from Light (2019) Beautiful drama about loss gently touches on supernatural. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 20% Cats (2019) Big-screen musical adaptation is both strange and magical. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Hold On (2019) Powerful message, but plot falls short in faith-based drama. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Romantic thriller has violence, but there's love, too. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 88% Hala (2019) Poetic coming-of-age tale tackles religion, youth with care. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet To Be of Service (2019) Raw, honest documentary gets real about post-war trauma. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 48% American Son (2019) Kenny Leon's 'American Son' gets real about societal constructs and implicit racial bias - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/5 50% Miss Virginia (2019) Mother's love trumps dirty politicians in fact-based drama. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 19% Semper Fi (2019) Violent, salty, slow-moving action drama highlights loyalty. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 50% Claudine (1974) '70s romantic drama about black family has cursing, violence - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 77% Crooklyn (1994) Nuanced depiction of a black family in Brooklyn; language. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Bring the Soul: The Movie (2019) Refreshing, transparent peek behind the scenes with BTS. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Last Whistle (2019) Compassion and teamwork beat pride and ego in sports drama. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 34% Shaft (2019) Shaft's no-nonsense, street-style of fighting crime, coupled with JJ's millennial political-correctness, cyber smarts and sensitive consideration for the humanity in others makes for an interesting, yet dynamic storyline. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 67% A Time to Kill (1996) Legal drama candidly tackles race relations in America. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4.5/5 95% See You Yesterday (2019) 'See You Yesterday' is a creative sci-fi drama that showcases the potential of teenage science prodigies, while simultaneously highlighting the traumatic effects of police brutality in predominantly Black and Brown communities. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Overall, 'Tolkien' is cinematically interesting and gives a sympathetic look into the early and middle years of JRR Tolkien's life. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 40% Gully (2019) Nabil Elderkin's Gully is gritty, honest, and visually unforgettable. A definite must-see! - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 63% Breakthrough (2019) Finally, there is a film that truly exemplifies what it means to have faith. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
3.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Laika Studios' Missing Link is visually stimulating and charming, yet at times the content is too mature for this to be altogether a kid-friendly or family movie. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
5/5 93% Us (2019) In Peele's Us, there is truly no place to run and hide. The only solution is for the families affected by these evil appearances to truly look inside of themselves. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) 'Wonder Park' is an adventurous animated kid's film that encourages embracing the power of the imagination. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
5/5 90% Supa Modo (2018) Supa Modo is a well-written live-action film that will definitely tug at your heart. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
5/5 61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) 'Dilili in Paris' is a kid-friendly, family film that takes viewers on an epic journey throughout Paris. Ocelot's attention to detail makes this animated film a must see. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 92% Premature (2020) Premature' is raw, honest, gritty and endearing. It forces viewers to ponder moments, actions and consequences of times past, or maybe right here in the present - without being didactic, forceful or overt. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Joe Cornish delivers a clever and modern take on an epic Arthurian legend. Laced with magic and lore, the film is full of inspiration for younger audiences. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019