Nell Minow

Nell Minow
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
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 http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom 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.
Favorites:
500 of my favorite movies are reviewed in my book, but as of this writing my top 10 would have to include
Location: Just outside of Washington DC

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 70% The Old Guard (2020) A moment in this film will be in clip reels of the most true-hearted movie depictions of love in history...in the middle of a graphic novel shoot-em-up movie. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
A- 90% The Outpost (2020) Impeccable camerawork from Lorenzo Senatore and editing by Michael J. Duthie give the film a documentary feel matched by understated, natural performances from the cast. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
B 48% Four Kids and It (2020) Ros and Smash begin to understand how acknowledging they cannot have what they really want makes it possible for them to begin to move forward. That's the real magic. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
1/4 10% Force of Nature (2020) Even a script written by algorithm would make more sense than Force of Nature. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
B- No Score Yet Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Young children may enjoy the colorful jungle animal characters and sweet storyline about hugs but anyone over age nine may find it overlong and a bit dull. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
B 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) The highlights are a delightfully staged riff-off at a party for the top competitors featuring real Eurovision stars and Dan Stevens as the flamboyant front-runner, - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
B- 49% My Spy (2020) Coleman is a gifted performer who knows how to deliver lines that are too grown-up for her age without sounding precocious; her scenes with Bautista have some real warmth. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
B 41% Irresistible (2020) Stewart makes the same mistake his characters do; he condescends to his audience. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3.5/4 100% Athlete A (2020) Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk show us the story of the predatory monster, the brave survivors, and the heroic reporters of The Indianapolis Star. But they want us to see more. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
B+ 93% Dads (2020) One of the movie's subtle themes is the combination of what is eternal and what can change and is decided by each of us as we grope toward our own parenting styles. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
B+ 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) The heart of the film in every way is Beharie, who makes Turquoise every bit the phenomenal woman her pageant poem describes. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
3.5/4 95% The Surrogate (2020) Hersh has a good ear for the way people talk about sensitive and difficult issues. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
B+ 9% Artemis Fowl (2020) A family-friendly, gorgeously designed action fantasy. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
B- 72% The King of Staten Island (2020) Davidson is an exceptionally appealing performer, and it is clear he is trying to blend art and life here, using the film itself to become more vulnerable and more present. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
B+ 75% Think Like a Dog (2020) A welcome throwback to Disney live-action classics like "The Absent-Minded Professor," "The Shaggy Dog," and "The Monkey's Uncle." - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3.5/4 100% 2040 (2020) 2040 points a practical, achievable path toward solutions, but its most important contribution is a sense that change is possible. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/4 88% Screened Out (2020) Just because we already sense or know a lot of what is in this film does not mean we won't benefit from hearing it in such urgent and compelling fashion. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
B 70% The High Note (2020) If you find yourself, in what all the commercials are calling "these challenging times" looking for cinematic comfort food, "The High Note" is here. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
2/4 25% Inheritance (2020) A script that didn't think past the trailer. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
B+ 75% Military Wives (2020) The choir is as much the result of opposing forces as common interests. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
B- 50% Scoob! (2020) Traditional enough to please the fans but contemporary enough to address (I'm not kidding) toxic masculinity and some nice reminders about the importance of friendship. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
3/4 67% Clementine (2019) At its best [Clementine] is more a mood piece than a narrative, an exploration of the shifting power in relationships. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3.5/4 90% Bull (2020) The patient, observant camera captures the sensitive performances by Havard and Morgan, and they are never less than eloquent and honest. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (2019) It's called The Clark Sisters, but this movie belongs to Aunjanue Ellis, who gives a dazzling performance. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
3/4 44% Robert the Bruce (2019) Robert the Bruce is gorgeously filmed by cinematographer John Garrett, making the most of every exquisitely lit crag of the Scottish countryside. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
B+ 90% The Willoughbys (2020) The Willoughby children end up going on an adventure that is colorful, funny, exciting, and satisfyingly heartwarming. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
B+ 100% Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story (2020) It is a love story, and it is a story of a quality we do not see very often, decency. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
B+ 69% Trolls World Tour (2020) It may seem a bit frantic after weeks of sequester, but it is a bright, tuneful, sweet story with a message of hope that seems especially welcome in the spring of 2020. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3.5/4 100% Slay the Dragon (2020) Goodman and Durrance have made a dense, numbers-driven subject very accessible. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
B+ 77% The Banker (2020) "The Banker," now available on Apple TV+, is three movies in one, all of them vivid, engaging, and compelling. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
B+ 59% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) The glamorous world of art museums and collectors, the provocative questions it raises, and sharp, witty performances from Sutherland and Jagger make it enticingly watchable. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
B 84% The Way Back (2020) aAsolid drama with the additional interest factor of the parallels between the actor and the role. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
B 51% I Still Believe (2020) A sincere and tender love story with attractive stars and tuneful songs. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
A- 88% Onward (2020) The highlight of the film is the parallel heroic journey taken by the Manticore and Laurel, who deserve a movie of their own. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/4 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Beautifully performed with searing honesty and naturalism by the entire cast. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/4 92% Straight Up (2020) An assured and refreshing first feature from writer/director/star James Sweeney. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
B + 87% Emma. (2020) Visually luscious, with endless, exquisite period detail.... briskly edited, almost a door-slamming farce at times, with literally cheeky touches. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
2/4 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) The problem is less the technology, which is very impressive, than it is the uneven storyline. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3.5/4 93% Ordinary Love (2020) Manville has to go through a kaleidoscope of moods and emotions, and every one of them is precise, fearless, and searingly real. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B+ 73% The Photograph (2020) A luscious valentine of a movie, the kind of romantic drama audiences keep complaining they don't make any more. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B - 68% Olympic Dreams (2020) "Olympic Dreams" is a slight but sweet story set inside a big, colorful, dramatic world. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B- 37% Downhill (2020) Yes, middle-aged people sometimes wonder where their youth has gone and long to be seen as new and desirable. That point has been made much better many, many times. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/4 38% Waiting for Anya (2020) Despite the obvious sincerity of the filmmakers, the best efforts of Jean Reno and Anjelica Huston, and some lovely scenery, it remains overly didactic. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
B 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Perhaps not as fun as it wants to be, but the movie has high spirits and a refreshing perspective that goes a bit deeper than just grrrl power. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/4 96% Incitement (2020) Director/co-screenwriter Yaron Zilberman deftly blends archival footage with scenes of Yigal becoming increasingly committed to murdering the Prime Minister. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
C- 29% The Rhythm Section (2020) Played by a series of bad wigs with Blake Lively in a supporting role. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) A diligent, well-intentioned, if overheated story. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
B - 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Some of the twists are not as twisty as intended and some characters are not as colorful as the movie thinks, but it is still a welcome return to what Ritchie does best. - Huffington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/4 10% Intrigo: Death of an Author (2020) This film tells us that the gulf between what we want to know and what we can know may never be illuminated. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
B- 14% Dolittle (2020) Watchable despite Downey's strange whispery accent due to the sumptuous and imaginative production design and the stellar voice talent for the CGI animal characters. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020