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 Review
3.5/4 95% 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 72% 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+ 86% 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 46% 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- 23% 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
B 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Joe Cornish (the cheeky "Attack the Block") keeps things lively, with plenty of humor to balance the action and a rousing finale with the entire school joining the fight. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
D 21% Serenity (2019) Even by the very low standards of January movies, "Serenity" is a dreary, dumb mess that makes the ultimate mistake of thinking it is smart. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/4 25% Sgt. Will Gardner (2019) Sincerity of purpose, the best of intentions and brief appearances by top talent cannot save a real first pancake of a script in SGT. Will Gardner. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
B+ 58% A Dog's Way Home (2019) I laughed and I cried and I said, "Aww," and that is not a bad way to begin the year. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B- 40% The Upside (2019) The three performers bring a lot of luster to a formulaic screenplay. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 38% State Like Sleep (2019) When the story falters, the mood takes over, making the audience's experience a dreamlike state of sleep itself. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
A- 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The highest level of every aesthetic element, Baldwin's lyrical words, luscious cinematography, gorgeous score, and performances of infinite sensitivity and humanity. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2/4 45% Second Act (2018) Even the boundless charms of Jennifer Lopez cannot overcome a mess of a script in Second Act. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B 93% Bumblebee (2018) If the series is not completely transformed, it does remind us why we liked the Transformers to begin with, and that's a good start. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Director Mimi Leder has an eye for telling detail and a sure sense of pacing. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Practically perfect in every way. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
B+ 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Their unabashed boosterism makes it impossible to be snarky or condescending, leaving us entertained, and perhaps a little wistful. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
2.5/4 81% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) There are fewer special effects shots than we'd see in a Hollywood version, but they are shrewdly deployed and suitably unsettling. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) An all-around terrific new animated film that perhaps more than any superhero movie I've seen translates the jubilant experience of comic books to the screen. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
B- 26% Mortal Engines (2018) It's just another derivative post-apocalyptic story about utter catastrophe and corruption, where the only hope is a small group of hot teenagers. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 85% Dumplin' (2018) Like Ms. Parton herself, this film relishes the sequins and show, but charms us with its heart. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
B+ 80% Ben is Back (2018) Roberts, who has always been one of the most expressive of actors, gives one of her all-time best performances here. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
B 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) If the substance of the story matched the look of it, this movie could have done justice to two of history's most fascinating and transformative characters. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1.5/4 30% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) The action/competition scenes have some dynamism, but the overall look of the film is unimaginative. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
B- 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Like the boy himself, the movie is not able to resolve its conflicting dualities. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
1.5/4 70% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) If this movie comes your way, you'd better watch out. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B+ 81% Instant Family (2018) This story could have been cloying or it could have been soap opera. But Anders and his cast make it into a genuinely heartwarming experience. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 79% Green Book (2018) Before I tell you how good this movie is, let me tell you how many ways it could have gone wrong. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
B 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Instead of a missing puzzle piece in a complex, thoroughly imagined world, it is more like fan service, much to look at and enjoy but I can't say that it's fantastic. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 58% The Grinch (2018) It does not surpass the Chuck Jones version (or having the book read aloud by a parent, which is still ideal) but it is far superior to the Carrey film and should become a welcome family tradition. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
B- 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Your basic run with a gun stuff, ably staged if not particularly gripping, until the crying. As Tom Hanks could have said, "There's no crying in Dragon Tattoo movies." - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 88% In Search of Greatness (2018) A welcome tribute to vision, innovation, and knowledge as more important than technique and training. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Private War (2018) The dramatic, personal story of Colvin herself is absorbingly told here, largely because of Pike's dynamic performance. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B+ 81% Boy Erased (2018) Hedges continues to impress with his exceptionally thoughtful performances...He shows us Jared's vulnerability but also his resilience, and his essential decency. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a just-good movie with a great performance...In other words, it is entertaining, if not illuminating. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B- 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is a beautiful empty mess of a movie. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Let's hope that this is the last strike for Johnny English. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
B 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The performances are what make the movie worth seeing. Every one of them is a gem. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
B 37% Hunter Killer (2018) There's some impressive action and a storyline that, let's face it, is no more outlandish than current headlines and much more satisfying. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 65% Stella's Last Weekend (2018) Draper uses her understanding of her sons as people and actors to shape their characters and performances. In return, the trust they have in her allows them to be completely open. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 98% On Her Shoulders (2018) We see this movie to learn who the young Nobel Peace Prize winner is, but in the end, it is about her challenging us to learn who we are. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B+ 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet is always astonishingly precise about where Nick is on his slide to the bottom. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 88% After Everything (Shotgun) (2018) As long as the focus is on [Monroe] and [White], the film is involving and moving. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) The cinematic equivalent of a fun-size candy bar. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B+ 87% First Man (2018) "First Man" respects the technical achievements and the breathtaking scope of the vision of the space race, but always keeps it real and personal. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
A- 97% The Hate U Give (2018) An of-this-moment, vitally urgent story about race, culture, and America in 2018, but also a deeply human, deeply moving exploration of the most universal themes. - Movie Mom EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018