Film Review Samples

Reviewing films can seem fun, but it actually takes discipline to explain all the elements of a film and to express your opinion succinctly. Check out our film review samples to gain a better understanding of how to write one yourself.

Letter from an Unknown Woman

By Timandra Harkness It is a glorious film, but you could not make it now. And that is not just my opinion. My preview screening…

My Name is Khan

By Cheryl Hudson My Name is Khan broke global box office records as the largest grossing Bollywood movie worldwide in its opening weekend, including in…

Undertow

By Valentine Rossetti It is very rare to find a film where the sentiment stays with you for days after, but Undertow, the first feature-length…

Mouchette, directed by Robert Bresson

By Dan Schneider Right on the heels of his great 1966 film, Au Hasard Balthazar, French film director Robert Bresson embarked on another exploration of…

Up in the Air

By Dennis Hayes Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air is one of those rare films that deals with contemporary working life. It focuses on the…

Harry Brown

By Mark Carrigan This film tells the story of Harry Brown, a pensioner living on a decaying housing estate in South London. Formerly a marine,…

The Ghost Writer

By Mark Carrigan Given the likelihood that its director Roman Polanski may never make another film, it is difficult not to approach The Ghost Writer…

Harlan County, USA

By Dan Schneider Barbara Kopple is one of those filmmakers who can do just about any film well. And so much so that when she…

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…

Visions of Space: God’s Architect

By Dan Schneider Sometimes the extra features on a DVD oddly turn out to surpass the featured film itself. Such is the case with the…

The Graduate

By Dan Schneider Comedian Mike Nichols, in the mid-1960s, abandoned a flourishing comedy career with his partner, Elaine May, to become a filmmaker. His first…

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Cyberpunk science fiction has not been a popular genre during the last decades. Originating from the novels by Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov,…

Sybil

The subject of mental disorders has long become a niche for all kinds of thriller and horror movies. Roughly 80% of movies dedicated to this…

Kairo (Pulse)

Perhaps no other country has produced as many horror movies as the United States—and no other country can call itself the motherland of the most…

Arrival

Movies about contacts with aliens are so numerous that counting all of them would probably be an impossible task. Aliens abduct, scrutinize, infiltrate, devastate, enslave,…

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…

The Vvitch

In my humble opinion, the genre of horror movies is currently experiencing a severe crisis. This statement is definitely true for the American film industry:…

Dark Skies

Movies about extraterrestrials never seem to be out of trend. For decades, if not centuries, the possibility of intelligent life existing on other planets excited…

Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil’s Pass)

There are thriller movies you remember a long time after watching. “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Psycho,” “Shutter Island,” “The Blair Witch Project”—these are just…

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