How to Write a Movie Review

Writing a movie review is a great way of expressing your opinion of a movie.  The purpose of most movie reviews is to help the reader in determining whether they want to watch, rent or buy the movie.  The review should give enough details about the movie that the reader can make an informed decision, without giving anyway any essentials such as the plot or any surprises.  Below are our guidelines and tips for writing a good movie review.

1. Watch the movie

The first step in writing the review is to watch the movie.  Watch the movie in a relaxed environment you are familiar with.  You do not want to be distracted by an unfamiliar room.  Watching the movie a second time will help you to absorb a lot more detail about the movie.  Most movie reviewers take notes as they watch the movie. 

2. Give your opinion

Most movie reviewers will give their opinion of the movie.  This is important as the reviewer can express the elements of the movie they enjoyed or disliked.  However, as in all good journalism, the reviewer should also give impartial details, and allow the reader to make their own mind over an issue the reader liked or disliked.  Opinions should be explained to allow the reader to determine whether they would agree with your opinion .

Many regular movie reviewers will develop a following.  If one can find a reviewer who shares a similar taste in films, one can confidently follow the reviewers recommendations.

3. Who is your audience?

You need to consider who your likely readers are.  Writing a movie review for children requires a different approach than if writing for a movie club.  Ensure you report on the factors that matter to your likely audience.

4. Give an outline

Give the outline of the movie, but don't give away essential details such as the end or any surprises.  If there is a big surprise you want to entice readers by telling them something special happens, just don't say what.

5. Actors

If the movie contains actors, as most do, detail who is starring in the movie and how well you think they acted.

6. Structure

Did the movie follow a regular predictable story line, or did it get you thinking like a Quentin Tarantino movie?

7.Cinematography and lighting

Give details about how well the movie was shot and directed.  Was the lighting good in the moody scenes?

8. Music

Did the movie have its own score like Koyaanisqatsi or ET, or did it feature songs from popular artists?

9. Read, read and read

Read and check your review thoroughly.  It can be embarrassing to find errors in your work after it has been published.  This is especially important for reviews that will be published on the Internet, as search engines are always looking for the correct spellings of keywords.

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This really helped with a task I was set. Thanks

Can you just make a video of you and someone talking about a review and post it on a website? Or is it better to type it out and just put it on a website?

this help in our studies..thank u so much

Thanks

Can we add scenes in our reviews? Eg-scene 1,scene 2 and so on..

I think you should add important details in the review such as scenes, but only if the scenes don't contain spoilers for the audience.:)

thanks really helped

I'm not saying that these instructions are confusing; in fact, they're rather clear and concise. But some of these steps are contradicting what my instructor told me. I guess everyone has their own opinions on how to write a review?

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i learned of how to write it.

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Thanks this really helped with what i am doing in school cause i have to write a review on my English lessons

Same this is for My assessment

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This really helped thanks alot

Thanks so much this helped me lots for my graded assignment however, this is very brief maybe you could include a few examples or provide more deeper insights(:

What if you are trying to compare it with a book. For an example Romeo and Juliet the movie, what I am meant to write plus we read the book.

do we include the book?

Thanks, it was very helpful but
pls consider putting up a sample
review next time for claification.

thanx.
-Me

These instructions on writing a book review are taken verbatim from http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/academic-support-center/Movie_R...

Please cite your source when using someone else's material.

Thank you for pointing that out Kimberley. Considering I wrote this article I am tempted to ask the Austin Peay State University to remove that document as they have neither got my permission use use my article, nor have they cited me like you have noted.
If you are connected with the University please would you ask them to remove it ASAP, as I am actually annoyed by this.
Don't be naive to assume Universities do not steal information.

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