Nell Minow

Nell Minow
Tomatometer-approved critic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 76% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Practically perfect in every way.‐ Movie Mom
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
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
2.5/4 80% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
B- 27% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 81% Dumplin' (2018) Like Ms. Parton herself, this film relishes the sequins and show, but charms us with its heart.‐ RogerEbert.com
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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1.5/4 26% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) The action/competition scenes have some dynamism, but the overall look of the film is unimaginative.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
B- 53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Like the boy himself, the movie is not able to resolve its conflicting dualities.‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
1.5/4 71% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) If this movie comes your way, you'd better watch out.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B+ 82% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 82% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
B 38% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 57% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
B- 41% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 89% A Private War (2018) The dramatic, personal story of Colvin herself is absorbingly told here, largely because of Pike's dynamic performance.‐ RogerEbert.com
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
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 62% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 34% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Let's hope that this is the last strike for Johnny English.‐ RogerEbert.com
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 100% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B+ 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet is always astonishingly precise about where Nick is on his slide to the bottom.‐ Movie Mom
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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) The cinematic equivalent of a fun-size candy bar.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B+ 88% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/4 32% Loving Pablo (2018) The film spends much too much time going over the same rise-and-fall material that has been a staple of many portrayals of Escobar himself and of most gangster films going back to the 1930's.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B+ 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Achingly honest.‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/4 33% Little Women (2018) For devotees, the essence of the Little Women story remains, and, for newcomers, it is a sweet film that should inspire them to explore the book and the more traditional adaptations.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
C 29% Night School (2018) The premise is in the title and the best jokes are all in the trailer.‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B+ 76% Smallfoot (2018) In between its colorful musical numbers, silly jokes, and action scenes, somehow manages to address some pretty big and complex issues in an accessible and nuanced way.‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/4 96% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Director Susan Lacy has the great advantage of a subject whose life has been extensively documented literally since birth.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) Knightley gives one of her best performances as a girl with spirit and talent who becomes a woman with ferocity and a voice.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B+ 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Like all Moore movies, this one is uneven and polemical as well as illuminating, enraging, and - this is the great secret of Moore - ultimately hopeful.‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
A- 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Fair warning. It was about ten seconds into this film when the first "Hello, darling" dissolved any critical distance I could muster.‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2/4 38% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) It is unfortunate that instead of exploring the universal challenges and complexities of forgiveness it stays within the safer confines of preaching salvation to those who have already been persuaded.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/4 90% Hal (2018) It must have been daunting to make a film about a master editor and filmmaker, but Scott has clearly learned from her careful attention to Ashby's films.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/4 46% Destination Wedding (2018) Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves, in their fourth film together, are clearly having a blast, and they won me over.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
B 43% An Actor Prepares (2018) Irons is clearly overjoyed to have a chance to break out of Serious Actor mode and have some fun at the expense of the master thespians he has had the chance to observe. ‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ 60% Operation Finale (2018) The electrifying scenes between Kingsley and Isaac are even more riveting than the "can they get him" and "will they be caught" moments of spycraft.‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/4 55% The Bookshop (2018) A particular letdown for fans of period British drama.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
C 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It is vastly less entertaining than the behind-the-scenes credit sequence showing how some of the scenes were filmed.‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
B 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) It's a slight story, but it's a sweet one. ‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 96% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) A delightfully adorkable time.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B+ 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A romantic comedy with a knock-out cast that shows us over-the-top glamour, money, privilege, and parties and raises thoughtful, nuanced questions.‐ Movie Mom
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018