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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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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

2014-06-08 question about dvds in general:

I can't agree with the assumption of your question.  Filmmakers and studios put their best work into the theatrical releases.  Sometimes they make changes after showing the film to test audiences, but

2014-06-08 Back to the future:

Doc Brown does not have have a time stopping machine.   He has a fuel intensive experimental time travel machine that cannot be used to make multiple or fine tuned adjustments.  Also, his perpetual sense

2014-06-08 Back to the future 3:

I believe the contrast between his statements and his actions is intended to heighten the comic effect!    Thanks for writing.  


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