How Can You Write A Great Movie Review?
September 16, 2021

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by Dianna Ranere

How Can You Write A Great Movie Review?

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When you are watching a movie, do you get the urge to write a review? Or, do you find yourself constantly wanting to tell people your thoughts on the movie in question? If either of these things is true, then we recommend that you look into writing movie reviews. You can post them online, and you never know, they might start to gain a lot of interest, providing you a platform to get your words out there, and maybe even get paid somewhere along the way. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at how you can write a great movie review, so keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.

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Watch It More Than Once

The first thing that we want to state is that if you want to write a fantastic movie review, at least in the beginning, you’re going to need to watch the movie more than once. This isn’t going to be a problem with something like DistroTV on your side, which has an extensive library of movies on demand. You can also download the app to watch on the go if you are a little short on time and can’t sit and watch in your home. Investing in this service could be one of the best decisions that you have ever made, as it means that you can watch the movie in question anywhere, any time.

The first time, you should be watching it to enjoy it. The second time, you should be looking for all the technicalities that you are going to need to include in your review. Don’t sit back and let things slide for any reason, as your readers are going to want to know about it all. We recommend watching it a good two or three times before you even consider starting to write.


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Be Critical

The next thing that you need to know is that you must be critical. It’s not going to do anyone any good if you are using phrases like ‘yeah it was okay and then leaving it there. You need to explain everything you say, why you say it, what parts of the movie you felt this way for, and so on. If you’re going to be mentioning anything to do with the plot, make sure that you put a spoiler warning on your content, otherwise you’re going to have some very upset readers who haven’t seen the movie yet!

You need to make sure that you are being extremely critical of the film. If it is bad, make sure that you rip it to shreds and let people know exactly what the problems are. If it was good, ensure that you are presenting a fair argument and using examples where possible. But, you’ve got to make sure that you are doing your best to keep it somewhat balanced. For example, if you are writing a negative review, at least try to include one thing that you liked about the movie if you can and vice versa.


Think Outside The Box

When it comes to writing a movie review, you don’t want yours to sound the exact same as all the rest that are going to be posted, and therefore you have to think outside of the box. Think about this when you are watching the movie, and it should help you to pick up on some of the things that hopefully, nobody else will. It’s not the case that you necessarily have to come up with new ideas if you can’t, but you can try to phrase your arguments in different ways so that it doesn’t come across as regurgitated from another blog somewhere. We’re not saying that this is what people will think, but if they are reading the same kind of review over and over that says the exact same thing in the exact same way, people are going to stop reading eventually, which isn’t what you want.



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It’s Not Just About What You See

Something you need to remember is that it isn’t just about what you see when you are watching a movie. You are not supposed to be only focusing on the actors on the screen. You are supposed to be looking at how they are acting, the graphics, the shots, but beyond this you are going to need to think about the things that you cannot see. You need to consider the musical score and whether it matches the tone of the movie, or if it seems completely out of place. A lot of the time, the music for a movie is spot on, but there are some instances where the music was just not what it should have been. Make sure that you are paying special attention to this, because music helps to build the film in a number of different ways. It’s important, even if there are a lot of people who don’t realize that. 


Consider The Target Audience

When reviewing, consider the target audience that the makers of the film marketed towards. It might have been a movie that was made for teenage girls, but everyone can enjoy it. Or, it may have been marketed towards adults and yet it seems more fit for a younger audience. Make sure that this is something that you are considering as you are watching the movie, as some people aren’t going to want to go and watch something that actually hits the target for a younger audience. 

It’s not the case that simply because a company has marketed towards one specific group that the others can’t see it. Everyone can enjoy everything, but your review may help people determine exactly whether or not they would like to go and see this movie.


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What’s The Message Of The Movie


Overall, you need to consider what the message of the movie was. Was it what you thought it would be? Is it the message that was advertised on the posters? Do you feel as though the message of the movie was good compared to the actual movie itself? Or were things getting a little mixed up and scattered around? These are all things that your audience is going to want to know, so ensure that you are taking away the right message of the movie. If you don’t know what it was after the first viewing, make sure that you keep watching it until you do understand what the movie is trying to say.


How Is The Acting

One thing in particular that you need to focus on is the acting. You need to think about the age and experience of the actors when you are doing this though. For example, in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, the acting from the main three cast members wasn’t the best, but it slowly improved as they got older and had more experience. We’re not saying that this is an excuse for a poor film, which Harry Potter was not, but it’s something that you should keep in mind.

If you have an experienced actor that has terrible acting in the movie that you are reviewing, this is far more newsworthy than an unknown coming in and messing up. Or it also works the other way, so if you have an unknown who is smashing it out of the park with their acting, this is better news than someone who always does that, continuing to do so.


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Did You Like It?

The last part of the review should be how you feel about it. Of course. Your feelings are going to be made clear throughout the review, but you should clearly state how you feel at the end of this. End your entire review with a couple of words about how you felt about the movie overall. There is nothing wrong with either opinion and remember that there are always going to be people who disagree with you. They have the right to do so, but you don’t need to respond to any comments that are negative and rude towards you. As a reviewer, it is your job to ensure that you give your honest opinion and review the movie, so do that, and don’t worry about anything else other than this.


We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you are going to need to do in order to write a great movie review. One of the things that a lot of people forget is that the whole thing does not need to be your opinion, but rather facts as well. Writing a movie review might seem difficult in the beginning, and you may even have to write a range of different drafts before you end up with the final version that you are proud of. This is totally normal, so don’t beat yourself up if the first one that you write isn’t the best, you will get better with practice. 

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