Writing a Film Review

how to write a movie review

A film review is a type of review that provides a short description of a film and includes the reviewer’s opinion about it. A film review can be formal or informal. When talking about an academic writing assignment, a scholarly film review should definitely use formal language.

Steps for Writing a Film Review

  1. Select a film to review, if one was not assigned to you by your instructor. Usually, students are given either a specific film to review, or a list of films to choose from. Take note that your film of choice has to meet certain criteria your instructor has set (usually a subject you discussed in class).
  2. Watch the film at least twice. It might seem like a boring and unnecessary requirement, but this rule has been proven by many. It is practically impossible to write a solid film review having watched the film only once.
  3. Read about the story behind the film (whether it is based on real-life events, on a well-known novel, or on the personal experience of the director, etc.). Include any interesting and peculiar facts about

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Samples for Writing a Film Review

The Talented Mr. Ripley

There are thriller movies that rely mostly on gore—“Hostel,” “Devil’s Rejects,” “Friday 13th,” and other similar films mostly focus on murder, blood—and their thrill comes from disgust, from not knowing (or anticipating) who will become t...

Twin Peaks

Skeptics like to debate whether humanity’s way of entertainment has changed throughout recent centuries or not. Some claim that it never did, and just as a thousand years ago, people still like shows and thrills. Others state that it obviously has: from ...

Doom: A Videogame Review

Throughout the last two decades, videogames have made a huge leap forward in terms of graphic technologies, gameplay mechanics, realism, and immersiveness, turning from a niche branch of business into one of the leading giants of the entertainment industry...


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