Lisa Nesselson


Lisa Nesselson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
In her capacity as a reviewer for Variety (Variety.com), a columnist for The Paris Free Voice (parisvoice.com) and a contributor to FilmScouts (filmscouts.com) and Eurocinema (eurocinema.com), Paris-based Chicagoan Lisa Nesselson sees 400+ films a year and has contingency plans to make her living by reciting the plots to the good ones if the Millennium Bug makes it impossible to ever watch a movie again.
Location: Paris, France

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Lovely actors and harrowing situations, but I just didn't care... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
66% Vice (2018) McKay does some absolutely beautiful things with the structure of the film. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
82% The Invisibles (2019) This film's mix of actual women from the streets with a handful of actresses working in France is actually quite funny. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) It's a good part for Eastwood...a window into our past... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
No Score Yet Yao (2019) All narrative developments are so low-key and leisurely that for long stretches, snails seem to be the target audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) I found this touching, a very good exploration of the power of art and imagination in working through trauma. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
87% Colette (2018) This very earnest and lovely-to-look-at production is reasonably enjoyable, without being "all" that good. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Invisibles (Les Invisibles) (2018) A universal underdog vibe gives this consistently funny look at daunting circumstances the potential to travel and touch audiences far and wide. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Edmond (2018) This isn't strictly how the most widely performed French play of all time came to be, but filmgoers should be happy to buy into this fast-paced fantasy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Emperor of Paris (L'Empereur de Paris) (2018) Very little of it registers as exciting action. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
60% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2018) Jean--Claude Carriere is a national treasure. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) If I had to sum up Ginsberg's contributions in a sentence, if you're female and breathing in America, you owe her big time. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
94% Wildlife (2018) Such a superb showcase for fine, fine actors. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
55% The Bookshop (2018) A bit disappointed. This isn't exactly a page-turner...deeply feminist, though... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
70% The Happy Prince (2018) Astonishing for a first film... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
No Score Yet In Safe Hands (Pupille) (2018) A very interesting foundation for a movie. The process is displayed with warmth, humor and authenticity... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
78% To the Ends of the World (Les confins du monde) (2018) If you suspect that the rote phrase "thank you for your service" can't begin to cover the horror of war, please seek this out. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
70% Summer (Leto) (2018) In addition to being a gloriously bittersweet and entertaining story with great music, it's an important film. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) It's gentle, as the interlocking members of the community stand up for what they believe in...there are lots and lots of characters, but it's never difficult to tell them apart. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
91% Widows (2018) It's complex, and enjoyable, although not exactly moral...there are a sufficient amount of twists that keep you guessing in a fun way. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
99% The Third Man (1949) The music is as distinctive as the James Bond or Star Wars theme... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
62% Yomeddine (2018) In this case, I was effortlessly won over. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
30% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2018) It's not very good, and I had really high hopes for this...clunky at best. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
67% Little Tickles (Les chatouilles) (2018) It is told with verve and bottomless creativity. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Please go buy a ticket...Moore is a fine investigative journalist, and he spreads the blame. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) You should, you should, see it. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
No Score Yet Zoo (1993) Even though zookeepers procure the grub, anyone who's forgotten that some animals eat others is in for a pointed refresher course. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
71% Galveston (2018) I can't say it grabbed me, beyond being very competently made, but Mélanie Laurent is versatile and deeply impressive. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
60% The House That Jack Built (2018) I laughed out loud at regular intervals...it was fascinating on screen. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
94% RBG (2018) Let us grin, from ear to ear, at what Ruth Bader Ginsberg has accomplished. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
85% The Square (2017) This is a good movie. A masterpiece for the ages? Probably not. But a sardonic commentary on contemporary art and society. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) What jumps out is how well it shows what really motivated public service looks like. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
90% Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance (1983) Seeing it again actually brought tears to my eyes. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) A period-perfect ode to dysfunction in plain sight. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) I loved every minute of this film...we go to the movies to see characters, and Tommy is a character, all right... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
81% Early Man (2018) An absolutely adorable tale. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) A better idea in theory than in execution...these guys are just so darn ordinary, they're really not terribly interesting, and they're playing themselves... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
49% Downsizing (2017) Alexander Payne makes deadpan comedy...I loved this movie, and it evolves in ways I could have never predicted. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It cleverly incriminates societal assumptions. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) I laughed out loud at certain junctures, I'm still thinking about it, but I'm not as excited about this film as an awful lot of people seem to be... - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
90% Maria By Callas (2018) An excellent film told entirely in Callas' own words...we feel strangely close to someone who has been dead for 40 years. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
90% A Ghost Story (2017) A very special achievement. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
92% Nico, 1988 (2018) Not to gush, swoon or go overboard, but I loved this film. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) My makeup was smudged because I had tears running down my face...the beauty of the cosmos, I loved every minute of it. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
No Score Yet Our Struggles (Nos batailles) (2018) What's exciting about this is the character's learning curve. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It's complex, touching...a fine art. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
97% Thunder Road (2018) The vast majority of the people around me genuinely liked the movie, and I just didn't get why they were so enthusiastic...it lent itself to me checking my watch regularly. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
No Score Yet Shéhérezade (2018) Everything rings true...low-budget, unpretentious and affecting. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
100% Abracadabra (2017) Aggressively and exhaustively original...a very visual film sprinkled with eighties references...I certainly hope this isn't the last film we'll have from this director. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
9% Kings (2018) A very diffuse mix of incredible violence and misjudged imagery. - France24 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018