Beliefnet

Beliefnet is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Nell Minow
Rating Title/Year Author
A- Baby Driver (2017) Nell Minow Fasten your seatbelts. This one is pedal to the metal all the way home. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2017
B- The Mummy (2017) Nell Minow A plane crash scene is viscerally exciting, and sets up the movie's funniest line later on. But it cannot make its mind up whether it wants to be adventure, horror, or camp. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2017
B+ The Women's Balcony (2016) Nell Minow Immensely charming in its depiction of the quiet, gentle humanity of the community and the way their commitment to Judaism is reflected in every aspect of their lives. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2017
B- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Nell Minow The kids in the audience, mostly fans of the book series, enjoyed it very much, but adults are likely to find it a very long haul indeed. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2017
B- Everything, Everything (2017) Nell Minow Anyone over 15 may be distracted by impracticalities that go from improbable to preposterous, but might just enjoy the pleasures of watching Maddy wake up to the world. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2017
B- Snatched (2017) Nell Minow Too bad Hawn is relegated to the dreary role of the risk-averse mother. And Schumer continues to relegate herself to the almost-as-dreary role of the immature millennial. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2017
B+ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Nell Minow Still delightfully off-kilter, still deliciously irreverent, and still delectably scored with 70's pop songs. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2017
C The Circle (2017) Nell Minow In the last forty minutes it becomes clear that the people behind it have not thought very deeply about those questions, much less the answers. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2017
D How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) Nell Minow I like everyone connected with this movie so much that I am especially sorry to give it a bad review. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2017
B The Lost City of Z (2016) Nell Minow Gray ably conveys the curiosity and wonder of the journeys and the passions that impel the adventurers. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2017
B The Promise (2016) Nell Minow As devastating as the historic events of the film are, the most powerful moments for today's audiences are the ones that evoke our current conflicts. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2017
B The Fate of the Furious (2017) Nell Minow It's 3/4 chases, crashes, shoot-outs and explosions, 1/8 bro-mance, and 1/8 quippy humor with a dash of fan service. That leaves no room for plot or logic, but who cares? EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2017
B Speech & Debate (2017) Nell Minow A heartfelt love letter from theater kids to theater kids. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2017
B+ The Outskirts (2017) Nell Minow Performed with a lot of brio and filmed with humor and sensitivity to all involved, it is fun to watch and worth discussing afterward. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2017
B+ Colossal (2016) Nell Minow I'm less interested in whether a movie scares me than whether it surprises me, and "Colossal" is a little bit scary but deliciously surprising. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
B Going in Style (2017) Nell Minow Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin are such a dream team that we almost forget how weak this remake of the 1979 George Burns "Going in Style" is. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
B Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Nell Minow Whimsically imagined and a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
B Gifted (2017) Nell Minow Evans' sensitive, deeply affecting performance and genuine chemistry with McKenna Grace as his brilliant niece are so honest that it captivates us. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
C Ghost in the Shell (2017) Nell Minow It loses the story and characters in a barrage of visual effects and shoot-outs. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
B+ The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Nell Minow It would be easy to mistake the gentle tone as not sufficiently harrowing, but Caro presents Antonina's story with as much grace and humanity as Antonina showed her guests. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
B+ The Boss Baby (2017) Nell Minow A pleasantly retro look, surprisingly funny and even more surprisingly sweet. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
C Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Nell Minow This uncomfortable mixture of teen angst (Sexting! Disappointing parents!) and cartoonish violence only comes alive when Banks is on screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
A- Beauty and the Beast (2017) Nell Minow Every bit as enchanting as we could hope, gently updating and expanding the story to give the characters more depth and appeal and filling it with movie magic. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2017
B+ Table 19 (2017) Nell Minow Traces of mumblecore remain in "Table 19," cross-bred with a more conventional romantic comedy, and it turns out to be a welcome blend of sweet and sour. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2017
C Logan (2017) Nell Minow Slow and depressing, and not in a good way. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2017
B The Shack (2017) Nell Minow Its idea that God loves us enough to reach out to every one of us in our the way we are best able to understand is genuinely touching. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2017
B Before I Fall (2017) Nell Minow Deutch ably handles her most challenging role so far, showing us Sam's thoughtfulness, even in her most self-absorbed moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2017
B+ The Sense of an Ending (2017) Nell Minow On screen, the delicacy of the performances stands in for the lyricism of Barnes' prose. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2017
B Rock Dog (2016) Nell Minow Bodi is a likeable hero and it is fun to see his cheery optimism paired with the burned-out, cynical Angus. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
A- Get Out (2017) Nell Minow The scariest thing about the movie is the reminder that it has taken far too long to shine the correct light - literally and figuratively - on stories that should be told. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
B- The Great Wall (2016) Nell Minow Yimou Zhang's gift for visual imagery is always a pleasure to behold...his eye for epic scale, pageantry, and battle is superb. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2017
B- A Cure for Wellness (2016) Nell Minow The story basically boils down to: creepy scene here, creepy scene there, REALLY creepy scene downstairs, excruciating dentist scene. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2017
C Fist Fight (2017) Nell Minow The movie is filled with funny people. Unfortunately, it is bereft of funny ideas. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2017
B+ A United Kingdom (2016) Nell Minow This is a true love story, not just between Seretse and Ruth, but between the filmmakers telling this story and the people and the country where it is set. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
C Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Nell Minow Lackluster fan service. I'd even call it vanilla. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
B John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Nell Minow The stunt settings are imaginative, including ancient Roman catacombs and an art installation that is like a super-sized funhouse mirror display. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
B+ The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Nell Minow One of the funniest movies of the year and the most astute mash-up of love letter and take down of a popular culture icon since the brilliant "Galaxy Quest." EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
B- The Comedian (2016) Nell Minow The greatest acting challenge in this movie is pretending Jackie is funny. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2017
B- The Space Between Us (2017) Nell Minow An intriguing premise is repeatedly undercut by clunky dialog and corny plot twists. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2017
B+ I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Nell Minow Powerful and vitally timely. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2017
B- A Dog's Purpose (2017) Nell Minow There's nothing subtle, surprising, or sophisticated about this story, which is as chewed over as a dog's favorite bedroom slipper. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2017
B- Gold (2016) Nell Minow Matthew McConaughey has more fun playing a bald, overweight, often obnoxious character than we have watching him. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2017
B+ The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017) Nell Minow The sweet story has no surprises, but the humor and the very capable and appealing cast make it fun to watch, and make it touching as well. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2017
B+ xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Nell Minow This ridiculous but ridiculously entertaining film seems written by Mad Libs: Let's have Vin Diesel [action verb] in a [location completely unrelated to action verb]. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2017
B+ The Founder (2016) Nell Minow This is a rare film that looks at what it takes to create a globally dominant business, and what it costs as well. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2017
B Monster Trucks (2016) Nell Minow Think "Pokemon" with wheels, "Fast and Furious" for kids, "Speed Racer" with a plot you can follow, and "Free Willy" for gearheads with a touch of "Scooby-Doo." EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2017
C Live by Night (2016) Nell Minow Affleck the director has a good eye for detail, but he was let down by Affleck the screenwriter and Affleck the actor, who gives the weakest performance in the film. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2017
B+ Patriots Day (2016) Nell Minow A gripping, tense drama centered on a man who exemplifies American values of decency and integrity and shows exceptional ability to rise to the occasion. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2017
B+ Silence (2016) Nell Minow This movie about silence is at its best in the verbal jousting on faith, culture, truth, and power. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2017
B+ A Monster Calls (2016) Nell Minow This is a complex, richly imagined film with a deep understanding, clear-eyed but compassionate. The stories it contains help us to be honest about our own. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2017