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
A- 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) You know you're not going to get out of a Pixar movie without tears, because we care about these characters and we care about the way they care about and for each other. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 89% Plus One (2019) Chan and Rhymer understand the essential weirdness of being an observer of someone else's emotional, life-changing event that happens to also be a big party. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C 31% Shaft (2019) Cheerfully retro past the point of winking at us, through the point of smirking at us, up to the point of pushing back in favor of toxic masculinity. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
A- 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The film creates a poetic, dreamlike mood that almost floats over the story, an astonishingly assured debut that trusts the story and trusts the audience. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B- 22% Men in Black International (2019) It has an awkward twist that indicates some rewrites, and so blandly conceived that even two of Hollywood's most versatile and appealing performers can't make them vibrant. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 89% Framing John DeLorean (2019) It is true that no movie can tell the full story of a man's life. But movies like this one can tell us something important about our own. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) All of Chastain's lines are recited in the same monotone and her superpower is primarily striding around in stilettos without mussing her impeccably shaped blonde hair. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B+ 79% Late Night (2019) In essence a rom-com about a work relationship between two women, one hopelessly optimistic, one relentlessly cynical. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B+ 56% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) A vast improvement over the original, colorful, exciting, and a lot of fun, with great new characters voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Harrison Ford at his Harrison Fordiest. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B+ 89% Rocketman (2019) We see the energy and magnetism of Sir Elton as a performer, and as the person, vulnerable, scared, and longing to be truly accepted. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Co-writer/director Michael Dougherty knows why we're here and boy, does he deliver, with the help of outstanding special effects and design crew. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/4 83% Funny Story (2019) Your appreciation for this film will depend in large part on where this all falls on your personal continuum from 'funny' to 'funny-ish,' to 'eww.' - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
A- 97% Booksmart (2019) "Booksmart" is the movie you hope for... fresh, funny, and a bunch of instant favorite performers from booksmart and smart-smart debut director Olivia Wilde. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B- 57% Aladdin (2019) Colorful and tuneful, but for much of its just over two hours running time it lumbers along, despite its best efforts to entertain. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 44% The Tomorrow Man (2019) The actors bring a great deal of humanity to keep a wobbly script from going too far off balance. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B+ 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) There are plenty of "awwww" moments to go around, with reconciliation, support, and reunion, and plenty of human and canine characters to care for. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 77% Photograph (2019) It may be that the stories in movies are all the same. But it can be lovely when a movie like this one finds a different way to tell them. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B+ 47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Melton and Shahidi make a graceful transition from television to the big screen, with charisma and chemistry to spare. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 34% Poms (2019) The main cast does far better than the script in conveying both a sense of sisterhood, and the exquisite poignancy of the friendships that bloom as the end of life approaches. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B- 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Smith interacts believably with the CGI characters and even manages a genuine character arc as we see him become less isolated and more vulnerable and authentic. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B 51% Tolkien (2019) Hoult and Collins made the Ronald/Edith relationship vital and romantic. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 28% UglyDolls (2019) UglyDolls is less a movie than an infomercial for the plush Hasbro toys. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B+ 81% Long Shot (2019) It's funny and occasionally even sharp, but most of all it is really quite sweet. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A completely satisfying conclusion...with a deep understanding of the characters and a truly remarkable ability to find a nuanced balance between canon and innovation. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
B+ 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) If there's anything cuter than an Adelie penguin, it has to be a penguin voiced by Ed Helms. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
B- 60% Breakthrough (2019) We may not agree on why John recovers. This cast makes us glad and relieved that he does, even if the story veers into smugness that undermines its message. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 45% Little (2019) There is still plenty to explore on [the body-switching theme], but Little misses most of those opportunities in favor of obvious and borderline skeevy jokes. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B+ 89% Missing Link (2019) Spectacularly gorgeous settings and characters so subtly expressive that the animators are as much a part of the performances as the outstanding voice talent. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/5 1% Alone in the Dark (2005) Stupid horror movie based on an Atari game. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
2.5/4 61% The Public (2019) Its presentation of real, painful issues is too simplistic and its approach too preachy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
B+ 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) A thoughtful, sincere drama, beautifully performed with a touching conclusion. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 91% Shazam! (2019) Wildly entertaining, downright delightful, and, yes, adorable. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/4 93% Diane (2019) Kent has assembled a superb group of character actors here, who tell lived-in stories with extraordinary sensitivity and grace. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
B+ 94% The Mustang (2019) Actress turned first-time director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre has a real eye for lyrical images and a gift for casting actors of exceptional skill. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 36% Out of Blue (2019) [Out of the Blue] tries too hard to both be a part of -- and comment on -- the genre of crime stories, and does not succeed at either. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B- 27% The Aftermath (2019) A soapy wartime melodrama with a disturbing whiff of both sides-ism. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The pace of the film is slow and deliberate because what these men are doing is slow and deliberate. The filmmaking is straightforward but thoughtful. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) It is tempting to dismiss this story as 'sick-lit' but director Justin Baldoni balances the compelling specifics of CF with the larger questions we all face. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B+ 34% Wonder Park (2019) The character design is bland...bit the Wonderland is indeed wonderful and the message of imagination as a sustaining source of comfort is wonderful as well. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 43% I'm Not Here (2019) J.K. Simmons does not speak a word in I'm Not Here,but his performance is eloquent, anguished, and moving. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) A couple of clever twists that keeps it involving, with some pointed but never pushy references to refugees and how we learn who to trust as we learn who we are. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Visually stunning and emotionally satisfying, with a conclusion that may leave the parents in the audience a little tearful. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It will leave you smiling, and maybe a little bit hopeful about romance. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B+ 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The world they have created is immersive and wildly imaginative and the action scenes are staged are dynamic and compelling. There's heart to it as well. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) A frozen whiteness shimmers throughout the film, but the grim humor of the story is very, very dark. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It deals subtly but frankly with three of the most annoyingly painful human experiences: fighting with siblings, adolescent moodiness, and stepping on LEGOs in bare feet. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 45% What Men Want (2019) We don't need funky tea to know what Ali is thinking; we just need Henson, who makes us care. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/4 60% Then Came You (2019) It is a shame that this movie about life is itself lifeless for so much of its running time. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 22% Miss Bala (2019) It goes so far it becomes cartoonish. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 65% Aquaman (2018) It's a hoot. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019