Movie Mom

Movie Mom


How to Write a Movie Review

posted by Nell Minow

People often ask me how to become a movie critic, and I usually reply: “You watch a lot of movies and you write movie reviews about them.  This is the world’s best time to be a movie critic because anyone can find a place to publish reviews.  The trick is to make them good enough that people will want to read them.”  (The other trick is getting paid for them, but if you accomplish the first, the second will follow.)  For some guidance on how to write good movie reviews, Chris Klimek of the blog “Swagger, Not Style” has an excellent set of guidelines.  I especially like these:

  • Your review should let your reader know these three things: What is this production trying to achieve? Was it successful? Is the thing that it succeeded or failed at something that’s worth doing at all?
  • and “Be funny….but never be mean.”

Adding some more specifics is Katherine Dacey of The Manga Critic, with some guidance for movie reviews of superhero films.  In other words, this is one category of fan explaining the world she lives in to those who just visit it.  And hmmm, she and Klimek agree on one crucial and too often overlooked piece of advice:  ”Do Your Homework.”



Previous Posts

Transcendence
Think of it as "Her 2: The Revenge of Him." Or Samantha infected by Heartbleed. Just as in last holiday season's Her, "Transcendence" is the story of an artificial intelligence contained in a computer program that becomes or is seen as human consciousness.  Instead of the warm, affectionate voic

posted 6:00:39pm Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Bears
This year's Disney Nature release for Earth Day is "Bears," the story of an Alaskan bear named Sky and her twin cubs, Scout and Amber, their trek from the den where they've hibernated all winter t

posted 6:00:05pm Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Interview: Martha Williamson of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
Talking to Martha Williamson is pure positive energy and a real treat. The creator of "Touched by an Angel" has a new series on the Hallmark channel. It's called "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and it is about a USPS dead letter office where a quirky but very dedicated group of people track down the rec

posted 8:00:57am Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Trailer #2: The Box Trolls
Did I mention how excited I am about this?  Coming in September, from the people who did "Coraline" and "ParaNorman." [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDr_ZY37RFg[/youtube]

posted 12:12:22pm Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Heaven is for Real
A movie like "Heaven is for Real" requires two different reviews, one for believers/fans of the 1.5 million-volume best-selling book, one for those who are unfamiliar with the book and whose views about faith and heaven and proof may differ from the evangelical beliefs of the Wesleyan pastor who wro

posted 6:00:04pm Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.