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Nell Minow


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Movies, especially classic movies, current movies, family movies, and movies for families.

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I am the movie critic for Beliefnet and radio stations across the country. I have written about movies for USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, Parents, Family Fun, Child, Slate, and Daughters. I am the weekly movie critic for radio stations across the US and in Canada and write weekly parental advisories for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Kansas City Star. I have appeared on Fox Morning News, the ABC Evening News, CBS This Morning, and NPR, and been profiled in the NY Times, Washingtonian, Chicago Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. My book, The Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies, was published by Avon in April 1999 and is now in its second edition. I can answer questions about movies for special interests, especially family concerns, handling questions from kids like "What do I do when he says everyone else has seen it?" to "My daughter got nightmares from a movie --how can I help her?" or "Why does my child want to see the DVD over and over?" to "What's the deal with Pokemon?" I am pretty good with trivia questions about movies, too, not as good with made-for-TV movies or miniseries. And I don't know much about horror/slasher films, sorry.


Broadcast, Online, and Washington DC film critics associations


The Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, The Practical Guide to Practically Everything


film critic for high school and college papers before becoming a professional movie critic

Awards and Honors

Roger Ebert's "Thumbs Up" award, presenter at Ebertfest and the Tallgrass Film Festival, member of the Online, DC, Broadcast and women's film critic/writer associations.

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2017-02-17 Best scene:

If the emphasis is on "scene" -- meaning the most significant -- I'd say "Philomena," where there's a crucial turning point in a hotel restaurant where the characters are having breakfast.  If the emphasis

2017-01-06 Recommendations:

Difficult without knowing more about her interests, but maybe one of these:    Enchanted April (if she likes Masterpiece Theatre type romantic dramas)  Brooklyn (an irish girl movies to New York in 1952)

2017-01-06 Recommendations:

What a lovely and thoughtful question!  "Hidden Figures" would be my top recommendation, a true story of dignity and integrity, hard work, and ability overcoming racism and sexism, beautifully performed

2014-09-07 movies recommendations:

Many movies are about people who learn to be better -- more generous, more human, more caring.  But I am not sure if they qualify as villains.  Of course, one of the most famous of movie villains, Darth

2014-09-02 how to submit movie critic on

Hi, Farhad!  Thanks for writing.  Most of the aggregators like metacritic, rotten tomatoes, and imdb only take reviews from established critics with a track record of substantial publication in independent


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