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
59% The Dancer (La danseuse) (2016) Soko, under the direction of Stéphanie Di Giusto, lets us see Fuller's fearlessness in giving audiences performances unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2021
96% I'm Your Man (2021) The bittersweet tone provides just the right setting for an understated setting where holograms and sentient robots seem almost natural. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2021
86% Passing (2021) Rebecca Hall makes an impressive debut as a writer/director with Passing, a rare film that allows the interior life of its female characters to take center stage. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2021
85% The Brink (2019) It is an essential document of this moment in politics and history, based on the intimacy of remarkable access and edited with enormous skill. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2021
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Nadine Labiki has created a real-life Dickensian drama with performances of breathtaking naturalism. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
87% Dumplin' (2018) Like Ms. Parton herself, this film relishes the sequins and show, but charms us with its heart. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Director Mimi Leder has an eye for telling detail and a sure sense of pacing... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) It is especially welcome, as political discourse seems irretrievably partisan to see this refreshing take on environmental activism, told with gentle humor and a nuanced take on work-life balance. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
85% Rust Creek (2019) Director Jen McGowan has a genuine feel for place and she gives us a heroine who does not have to be a superhero to be fearless, tough, and determined. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
96% Roma (2018) Roma will be studied for years as a landmark in cinematic storytelling, made even more meaningful because it pays tribute to a character who is usually in the background. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) Director Nancy Schwartzman knows that no commentary or condemnation could be as devastating as simply presenting us with the footage of the adults and teenagers involved in the case of the Steubenville high school football players. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
73% Saint Judy (2019) This film is itself an important piece of advocacy for women everywhere, and for empathy, too. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
93% Who Will Write Our History (2019) There is no better way to honor the endless courage and dedication of the writers and historians who created the Ringelblum Archive than to tell their story. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
2.5/4 71% The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021) The Electrical Life of Louis Wain has the same problem as its real-life subject, in that it goes off in too many directions at once. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2021
B- 80% Ron's Gone Wrong (2021) Excellent voice talent but average character design and storyline. And it is unfortunately similar in theme to the recent and much better "Mitchells vs. the Machines." - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2021
B+ 83% Dune (2021) You will be stunned and amazed by the astonishing worlds on the screen, one of the most remarkable examples of cinematic world-building magic ever made. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2021
100% Honeyland (2019) Directors Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska show the same infinite patience and care in telling the story of their subject, a Macedonian beekeeper named Hatidze, that Hatidze shows in caring for her bees. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2021
B 74% The French Dispatch (2021) Anderson seems to aim for whimsy but one thing whimsy cannot be is heavy-handed. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
3/4 100% Mothers of the Revolution (2021) Mothers of the Revolution reminds us to value all those whose dedication and courage is too seldom recognized. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
3/4 100% Golden Voices (2021) Charming and wryly bittersweet. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
C 86% The Last Duel (2021) "The Last Duel" is well-intentioned but ponderous and pretentious. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
B 35% Needle in a Timestack (2021) As a variation of Orpheus and Eurydice with some economic justice issues and the electricity between the two stars, its deep, unabashed romanticism makes it a worthy watch. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
31% The Kindness of Strangers (2020) Zoe Kazan gives a luminous performance in a story about the transformative impact of kindness and forgiveness - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
76% Family (2019) An endearing story about characters who are less unlikeable than they fear, and who are able to find a place that feels like home. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
100% Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise (2019) It is as moving to see the women in this film respond to their younger selves' responses to "Thelma and Louise" as it is to hear the responses themselves, both 25 years ago, when the film was released, and now... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
51% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) The commitment and understanding of the women who band together in the midst of tragedy and chaos is touchingly portrayed in a rare film that shows the experience of women in armed conflict. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) The highlight of this documentary is the footage of Alice herself, witty, energetic, and creative. This recognition of her contributions is long overdue and most welcome. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
70% Above the Shadows (2019) You might think that the combination of a delicate fantasy with MMA fight scenes would not work, but Claudia Myers brings it together seamlessly, with a sure sense of story and tone. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
94% Sword of Trust (2019) Poised between Christopher Guest and Mike Leigh, Lynn Shelton lets talented performers develop their characters, and it grounds the heightened premise to keep us in their side. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
93% RBG (2018) Even fans of the tiny, fierce intellectual powerhouse that is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be surprised by this utterly engaging documentary. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
80% Little Pink House (2018) Exquisite cinematography by Alexandre Lehmann is as important as Catherine Keener's powerful performance as Susette Kelo in evoking the power of home. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) The intimacy of the story-telling here is deeply moving. Director Carla Simon created space for performances of truly extraordinary naturalism from everyone in the cast, especially the two young girls. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
100% East of the Mountains (2021) Stunningly beautiful and genuinely spiritually enlarging - breathtaking scenery, exquisite music, and poetic narration take us to locations no one but the most daring of daredevils have ever seen... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
86% Social Animals (2018) While the story lines sometimes slip into the too-obvious or too-easy, the film has tons of verve and charm and terrific performances from an across-the-board outstanding cast... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
41% Mary Shelley (2018) Elle Fanning's performance illuminates this story of passion, imagination, and fierce independence. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
86% Nancy (2018) This haunting story of identity and the longing for family has achingly real performances, especially J. Smith-Cameron and John Leguizamo. The snowy setting in the final scenes is beautifully filmed and very fitting. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
80% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Dame Vivienne has faced the world in a spectacular way and gives those who wear and those who see her clothes the opportunity to think about who we are and what messages we want to send. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
97% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Fonda's own interviews are candid and insightful. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2021
29% A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2018) Every performance is a gem. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2021
87% Colette (2018) The beautifully lush late 19th century settings show off the remarkable modernity of the writer, actress, dancer, and iconoclast Collette. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2021
86% All About Nina (2018) Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives a performance that is both fearless and nuanced... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2021
79% Sadie (2018) Melanie Lynskey and John Gallagher Jr. are two of the most gifted actors in film, and the roles they have in Sadie allow them to fully inhabit characters who are imperfect but good-hearted and very real. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2021
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Road Up (2020) This film will nourish the glimmer of hope in all who watch it. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
83% The Audition (Das Vorspiel) (2020) Nina Hoss gives a stunning performance in The Audition. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2021
94% Honey Boy (2019) Sometimes painful to watch, but it is also a moving depiction of a man's struggles to understand and perhaps forgive. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2021
78% Shooting the Mafia (2019) ...a truth-telling more compelling than any journalist or glamorized Hollywood movie can convey. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2021
8% Hot Pursuit (2015) It's great to see a road movie starring two brilliantly talented actresses. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2021
98% Inside Out (2015) Inside Out is one of the best movies of the year, psychologically astute, witty, imaginative, utterly captivating. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2021
95% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a rare frank look at adolescent sexuality from a female perspective. Beautifully acted by all. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2021
84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) An outstanding cast and a compelling true story that outdoes Lord of the Flies in exploring how quickly humans can lose their humanity. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2021