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How to Write a Movie Review

You may think Writing a Movie Review only takes being able to articulate your opinions cogently and clearly on a film but there are a few things that go into it that will keep the reader coming back for more.

Have a distinct voice

Infusing your own unique voice within your movie review is essential for standing apart from all the other film critics in the market.

Proper grammar

This should go without saying but I have fallen victim multiple times to zealous movie review writing without properly editing the draft for spelling errors and clean sentence structure. This happened (a continues to happen, damnit!) because I wanted to get my opinion out there as quickly as possible. What you should do is write the movie review, leave it for a time then come back and read it with fresh eyes. You will be able to pick out mistakes and errors you did not even know were present.

Analysis what you have seen on screen, do not simply recite the events of the film

This is lazily writing. Dive deep into the granular underpinnings of the film. It will make your movie review far more compelling and interesting to read. Here is a good example of this: Film Review for Star Trek (2009).

Do not recite the synopsis of the film in your movie review

This is a maneuver I have seen countless times to lengthen a Movie Review. Do not fall into this trap. People reading your review most-likely already know the main idea of the story. You do not need to recite it for them again. A movie review is not a book report. It is your opinion on a film you just watched so give your opinion. If your readers want to read a film synopsis, they can go to IMDB.

Be persuasive

Argue your point of view on the film adamantly. Back up your arguments with factual information and proof that your point of view is a valid one. Reference other movie reviews or articles you have written to bolster your position on the film. This will also serve to keep people on your site longer and give them other analogous written material to read.

Have a strong conclusion

Some film critics, like Roger Ebert, end their movie reviews organically but for newbies, structure will do you some good. A summation of your opinion at the end of your movie review, like with a term paper, is your best bet. Since you already know how to do that from English class (at least I hope you do), that should be your structural start point for the conclusion of your movie review.

About the author

Rollo Tomasi

A Political Science and MBA grad who started ProMovieBlogger to educate others on what he had learned through trial and error. Cinema and TV addict. Former writer at Empire Movies, Blogcritics, and Alternative Film Guide. In addition to writing for FilmBook (http://film-book.com), he also edits the copy published on the website, manages its writing staff, manages the back-end operations, site finances, its social network accounts, and works with publicists, actors, and companies on press coverage and promotions. He also created and runs Trending Awards.com.

  • A useful source for those looking to write movie reviews and although I differ when it comes to the inclusion of a synopsis, the rest I full agree with and wouldn’t it be boring if everyone reviewed in the same way anyway.

    What I would say is when writing movie reviews for a blog make sure your opening paragraph captures the reader’s attention and causes them to continue reading. Most people read the first line if you are lucky and if they don’t like what they read will hit the back button.

    • ProMovieBlogger

      You mean start your review like a news story where your first line is the hook. True – especially for most news items you print – but I would like to be a little more organic with how I would begin a movie review.

  • Thanks for this article! As a film buff, and often time synopsis writer for my own films, nothing is more frustrating than reading a review of my work that is simply a recounting of events! I, as the filmmaker behind the work, and viewers, as people who have seen or know of the film, we all have a general idea of what the film is about. We read reviews for their analysis of the content – not to find out what the content actually is! If we wanted to do that, we’d watch the film. 🙂 I truly appreciate reviewers that go the extra mile to really jump down into the meat of a film and find meaning, depth, and substance. As a filmmaker, those are the sort of people to whom I target my films.

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