Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel is a member of New York Film Critics Online and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Her reviews are counted in Rotten Tomatoes “TomatoMeter,” and she continually recommends films to see at Mandel Maven’s Nest , including those that pass her strict application of the Bechdel-Wallace Test. Since 2006 she has reviewed documentaries, independent, and foreign films for Film-Forward ; since 2012, film festival overviews for FilmFestivalTraveler; and, since 2016, coverage of women filmmakers for FF2 Media . Her reviews of films, books, television, and music have also appeared in Lilith magazine, the independent Jewish feminist quarterly, and for the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival. Her ongoing Critical Guide to Jewish Women in Movies, TV and Pop Music has been the basis for talks to audiences in New York and New Jersey, and at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.


Articles by Nora Lee Mandel


SPOTLIGHT November 2017: Dee Rees, Independently Epic Filmmaker, Director MUDBOUND


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With just a few films to her credit, director Dee Rees is already making an assured and unique mark on American cinema. She brings mature talent, technical skill, and creative vision, all while being true to herself as a gay African-American woman. Available November 17, her latest film Mudbound vividly demonstrates she can extend her intimately emotional filmmaking to an epic scale. Continue reading…

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Top Ten 2012 – Nora Lee Mandel

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Beasts of the Southern Wild



The Flat


The Island President

Moonrise Kingdom

Rust and Bone

Silver Linings Playbook

This Is Not A Film

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