Movie Mom

Movie Mom 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
B- The Marksman (2021) Nell Minow This is less the "Taken"-style action thriller where we get to enjoy Neeson showing off his special skills than it is a Clint Eastwood-style cranky old guy movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
B+ Herself (2020) Nell Minow Little details add a lot of richness to the story. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
B- If Not Now, When? (2021) Nell Minow The movie really comes to life only when the women are talking to each other, renewing their connections and providing the support that only friends for decades can give. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
A- Soul (2020) Nell Minow What makes life meaningful? We are human because we ask this question, and the answer in part is to make movies like this one, to explore what makes life worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
B- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Nell Minow You may wonder why Wonder Woman is not as wonder-ful this time around. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
B+ The Prom (2020) Nell Minow "The Prom" is 20 percent sly satire and 80 percent love letter to the craziness that goes into entertaining audienc es. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
D Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020) Nell Minow None of the characters behave in a manner that is rational, believable, relatable, or appealing. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
A- Mank (2020) Nell Minow It is pure pleasure to see a film that respects the audience enough to take on big issues with complexity, humanity, and wit. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
B+ The Croods: A New Age (2020) Nell Minow Better than the first: constant visual invention, exceptional detail, superb voice talent, and touching depiction of the foundational ties of family and community. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
B Black Beauty (2020) Nell Minow The biggest problem is that the screenplay tells us what it has already shown us and then tells us again EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
A- Sound of Metal (2019) Nell Minow Ahmed, Cooke, and Raci all give understated, natural performances that draw us into the story even more than the immersive sound design. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
B Freaky (2020) Nell Minow In between all of the murders and mayhem, there is room for some sly humor and some genuine warmth. Vaughn and Newton have a blast and it is a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
D Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Nell Minow "Hillbilly Elegy" fails at its one goal: to give us a sympathetic and relatable portrait of people we might dismiss. It never knows what story it is trying to tell. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
B+ Let Him Go (2020) Nell Minow Lesley Manville, in one of the year's best performances, can make the offer of pork chops sound ominous. And she does...absolutely electrifying. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
B+ The Craft: Legacy (2020) Nell Minow A smart and witty update that pays tribute to the original but is very much its own take on the subject, with a couple of delicious twists along the way. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
B+ Over the Moon (2020) Nell Minow A gorgeous, candy-colored fantasy adventure with an appealing heroine and some sensitive and child-accessible insights about grief and loss. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
B+ On the Rocks (2020) Nell Minow A love letter to Manhattan, to music, to fathers and daughters, and to love itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
B Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Nell Minow I'd still give the 1990 version the edge, but it is good to see the original ending restored and this is a worthy Halloween treat. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
B+ A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) Nell Minow Gorgeously imagined settings, a great cast, and an exciting story that hits the exact sweet spot between funny-scary and scary-funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
A- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Nell Minow As it arrives on what Sorkin called "a collision course with history," it is both a cautionary tale and a guiding light out of the darkness. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
D The War With Grandpa (2020) Nell Minow Even the A-list cast can't win the war with a dumbed-down script, awkwardly staged stunts, and lackluster direction. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
B+ The Glorias (2020) Nell Minow Director Julie Taymor has created a welcome remix of the standard movie biopic with "The GLorias." EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
B+ Misbehaviour (2020) Nell Minow It leaves breathing space for us to consider all of the experiences that went into the protest and what it represented to the women involved. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
B+ Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019) Nell Minow It is a master class in how to die but also a master class in how to live -- as he says, how to live with what can't be changed and frame it as a story to give it meaning. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
B+ The Way I See It (2020) Nell Minow Souza reminds us of how much of our sense of events is formed by images, and in his new documentary, "The Way I See It," like the photographs he took, reward a deeper look. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
B+ The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Nell Minow The most delightful romantic comedy in a long time...actors with enormous magnetism and chemistry, some banter that goes snap, crackle, and pop. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
B+ Mulan (2020) Nell Minow Closer to director Nikki Caro's touching, both mythic and intimate "Whale Rider" than it is to the animated musical with Eddie Murphy as a quippy little dragon. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
B-+ Tenet (2020) Nell Minow The storyline is mind-bendingly intricate, with thought-provoking fantasy and juicy twists. But the characters are never more than one-dimensional. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
A- The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Nell Minow As jubilant and shrewdly observed, as touching, as romantic, as exciting, as the novel itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
B+ Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Nell Minow I am pleased to report that Bill and Ted are still excellent. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
B- The One and Only Ivan (2020) Nell Minow Rockwell's voice was so compelling that I occasionally closed my eyes; his voice conjured Ivan more vividly than the technology did. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
B- Made in Italy (2020) Nell Minow It's the fabulous convergence of nature and the almost-fabulous convergence of the actors that makes it worth a watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
B+ The Secret Garden (2020) Nell Minow Sumptuously imagined and lovingly presented, this is a fine family film, and a good reminder that even being stuck at home can be an adventure. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
B + Radioactive (2019) Nell Minow Rosamund Pike is never less than mesmerizing. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
B+ Greyhound (2020) Nell Minow The movie is really about risk assessment under the direst circumstances, the responsibility for other people's lives, the wear on the spirit, the resolve to go on. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
B+ The Old Guard (2020) Nell Minow 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
A- The Outpost (2020) Nell Minow 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
B Four Kids and It (2019) Nell Minow 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
B- Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Nell Minow 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
B Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Nell Minow 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, EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
B- My Spy (2020) Nell Minow 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
B Irresistible (2020) Nell Minow Stewart makes the same mistake his characters do; he condescends to his audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
B+ Dads (2019) Nell Minow 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
B+ Miss Juneteenth (2020) Nell Minow The heart of the film in every way is Beharie, who makes Turquoise every bit the phenomenal woman her pageant poem describes. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
B+ Artemis Fowl (2020) Nell Minow A family-friendly, gorgeously designed action fantasy. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
B- The King of Staten Island (2020) Nell Minow 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
B+ Think Like a Dog (2020) Nell Minow A welcome throwback to Disney live-action classics like "The Absent-Minded Professor," "The Shaggy Dog," and "The Monkey's Uncle." EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
B The High Note (2020) Nell Minow If you find yourself, in what all the commercials are calling "these challenging times" looking for cinematic comfort food, "The High Note" is here. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
B+ Military Wives (2019) Nell Minow The choir is as much the result of opposing forces as common interests. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
B- SCOOB! (2020) Nell Minow 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. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020