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

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Doom: A Videogame Review

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