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Back To Black Review: Superficial, Frustrating Biopic Never Properly Explores Amy Winehouse

Back to Black is the worst type of biopic, one that made me feel little and offers next to nothing truly personal about the singer or her inner life.

The Strangers: Chapter 1 Review - Horror Film Offers Much Of The Same Scares & Twists As Original

Nightwatch: demons are forever review - past horrors return in this terrifying danish sequel, furiosa: a mad max saga review - action prequel is a visual feast that adds exciting depth to franchise, if review: john krasinski’s heartwarming, creative film will make you miss your imaginary friends.

Despite some clunkiness in its plot, IF pushes through with its warmth and optimistic tone, paving the way for some truly impactful moments.

The Last Stop In Yuma County Review: A Riveting Debut Crime Thriller That Is Full Of Great Tension

In his film debut, Francis Galluppi’s The Last Stop In Yuma County is nothing short of being a compelling 1970s inspired thriller full of tension.

Evil Does Not Exist Review: A Serene Japanese Drama With Violence Simmering Beneath The Surface

Evil Does Not Exist eludes classification, refusing to commit to one thing, instead asking us to question our relationship with the world around us. 

Mother Of The Bride Review: Brooke Shields Is Having A Great Time In Easy, Breezy Netflix Rom-Com

The idyllic location is beautifully shot, the story is light, the performances are equally so, with the film balancing a silly, but sincere, story.

Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes Review: Caesar's Reign Continues In Exciting Return To Sci-Fi Roots

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is a rousing action-adventure in the ruins of the human world – traces of the past remain but this is Noa's story.

Mind Body Spirit Review: A Found Footage Horror Film With Something To Say About The Influencer Age

Taking the found footage genre into the new age, Mind Body Spirit has a twist that's easy to guess, but enough thrills to be satisfying.

Tarot Review: Thin Characters & Intermittent Frights Make For A Dull Horror Movie Experience

There are just too many elements that ultimately hinder Tarot's execution, from its thin characterizations to its repetitive, dull plot.

Unfrosted Review: Lacking Style & Substance, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedy Provides Few Lackluster Laughs

In his feature directorial debut, Jerry Seinfeld depicts an absurd competition, as dueling cereal companies race to create the Pop-Tart.

Prom Dates Review: Despite Some Good Jokes, Hulu's Teen Comedy Is Only Mildly Funny

Ultimately, Prom Dates is a good time, entertaining, with a few chuckles to be had.

The Idea Of You Review: Anne Hathaway & Nicholas Galitzine's Steamy Chemistry Elevates New Rom-Com

Showalter’s The Idea of You is a bittersweet tale of inconvenient love that emotionally pierces you in all the ways modern romantic comedies should.

Jeanne Du Barry Review: Johnny Depp Returns In A Compelling, Unfocused French Period Drama Film

Jeanne du Barry marks a solid return for Johnny Depp to the world of cinema in a period piece where he portrays King Louis XV of France.

Turtles All The Way Down Review: John Green Coming-Of-Age Adaptation Excels & Falters At The Same Time

Underneath its weaker spots, Turtles All the Way Down is bolstered by genuine heart and an excellent central performance from Isabela Merced.

Boy Kills World Review: Old-School Revenge Thriller Shows Just How Tough Bill Skarsgard Is

Skarsgård and Benjamin make for an odd pair that work well together. Mohr's vision is clear and realized, and the resulting work of art is exciting.

Cash Out Review: John Travolta Negotiates With His Ex-Lover In Funny Action Heist Caper Gone Wrong

John Travolta plays an international criminal taking up one last job, only to encounter his FBI agent ex-lover as the bank heist goes awry.

The Feeling That The Time For Doing Something Has Passed Review: Loneliness Is Hilarious In Poignant Comedy

Through long pauses and awkward romantic encounters, Joanna Arnow creates a tragically hilarious comedy about the passage of time & loneliness.

Infested Review: A Horror Movie About Spiders Made Me Feel Like It Was 2020 Again

I'm hardly going to complain about a monster movie where the monsters, not the humans, feel underdeveloped. It plays so much better than the reverse.

Justice League: Crisis On Infinite Earths - Part Two Review - Disappointing Superhero Film Lacks Urgency

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part Two is missing what the first film had in spades - heart, great action, and a sense of urgency.

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Review: Spy x Family CODE: White Offers a Fun Adventure Even New Fans Can Enjoy

With a fun script and an adventure made for the big screen, Spy x Family CODE: White is a film that will delight fans and newcomers alike.

Sasquatch Sunset Review: A Surreal Dialogue-Free Bigfoot Comedy That Must Be Seen To Be Believed

Silly, surreal, and sometimes insightful, Sasquatch Sunset has a lot to say about life, nature, and what it means to simply exist.


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The fifth installment of George Miller’s series delivers an origin story of Furiosa, the hard-bitten driver played here by Anya Taylor-Joy.

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Chris Pine’s shaggy debut feature has a charismatic cast that rambles along with him on a Los Angeles detective adventure.

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Mother of the Bride

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Brooke Shields plays a single mother who comes face to face with her college ex-boyfriend at her daughter’s destination wedding in this tired romantic comedy.

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The “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright shows understated vulnerability in this immigrant drama by Frank Berry. Josh O’Connor (“Challengers”) also stars.

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Sex, death and domination fuel this beautifully enigmatic pastoral drama from France, which presents the gay coming-of-age of an apprentice gardener.

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Starring Jerry Seinfeld in his feature directing debut, “Unfrosted: The Pop-Tarts Story” is the only corporate saga whose main ingredient is high-fructose sarcasm.

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Evil Does Not Exist

Ryusuke Hamaguchi follows up his sublime drama “Drive My Car” with a parable about a rural Japanese village and the resort developer eyeing its land.

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The second feature by the Lithuanian filmmaker Marija Kavtaradze asks what a relationship looks like when you factor out the sex.

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Jeanne du Barry

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Maïwenn wrote, directed and stars in the film, playing opposite Johnny Depp, who is Louis XV. Though he declares he loves her, their chemistry is weak.

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Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg

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Subtitled “The Story of Anita Pallenberg,” this documentary gives the life of the actress and model a thorough downer of a treatment.

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Ethan Hawke teams up with his daughter, Maya Hawke, for an unconventional and somewhat muddled portrait of a singular author.

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The Fall Guy

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The actor charms as a swaggering stunt man, alongside an underused Emily Blunt, in the latest skull-rattling action movie from David Leitch.

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I Saw the TV Glow

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An outstanding not-quite-horror film about being a fan just before the internet took over.

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Turtles All the Way Down

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Hannah Marks’s adaptation of John Green’s blockbuster young-adult novel builds a dynamic depiction of a teenager with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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The Idea of You

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Anne Hathaway headlines a movie that’s got a lot to say about the perils of fame.

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Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist play friends, lovers and foes on and off the tennis court in Luca Guadagnino’s latest.

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This understated tear-jerker sees a dying single father making future family plans for his toddler son.

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An apartment building in Paris is overrun by murderous arachnids and unsubtle allegory in this fleet and efficient debut feature.

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Unsung Hero

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I n cinema, film reviews hold a significant place, serving as a bridge between the film industry and viewers. They provide an analytical perspective that helps audiences decide what to watch and understand the nuances of a film. In this article, we will delve into the definition of a film review, its critical components, and shed light on some iconic film review writers who have significantly shaped the field.

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What is Film Review in Cinema?

First, let’s define film review.

Film reviews hold a unique place in cinema acting as both promotional tools and critical analysis pieces. With the rise of platforms like Letterboxd and Rotten Tomatoes, they are becoming more relevant in the cinematic landscape.


What is a film review.

A film review is a type of critique that provides an evaluation of a film, encompassing various aspects such as the plot, themes, direction, script, and performances. Originating in the early 20th century with the advent of cinema, film reviews have evolved from mere opinion pieces in newspapers to a significant form of journalistic writing. The primary purpose of a film review is to inform the reader about the film and offer an informed opinion about its various elements. It serves as a guide for viewers, helping them decide whether the film is worth their time and money.

Criteria for Movie Review:

Overview of the film, analysis of the plot and themes, evaluation of the script, direction, and acting, personal opinion and rating, movie review format, components of a good film review.

Film reviews are a blend of various vital components, each contributing to a comprehensive analysis. From evaluating performances and storytelling to dissecting technical aspects, a well-rounded review provides a holistic perspective. By examining these elements of a movie review format we can gain a deeper understanding of the film's impact and appreciate its artistic merit.

This includes a brief synopsis that sets the context without revealing any spoilers . The overview should pique the reader's interest and give them a sense of the film's storyline. Here is one of the greatest film critics, Roger Ebert, on what a film review should do. 

Roger Ebert What A Movie Review Should Do

This involves a deeper look into the narrative and the underlying themes of the film. It should explore the storyline's complexity, originality, and coherence.

This component assesses the technical aspects of the film, such as the screenplay , cinematography , direction, music, and performances. It also includes an assessment of how these elements contribute to the overall impact of the film. 

This is much more popular with the rise of film criticism on YouTube in which film critics can simultaneously play and dissect a scene for an audience. In this video by Nerdwriter1, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood is dissected visually in a way that would be difficult or at least less effective without a video component.

One Way To Deconstruct There Will Be Blood

This is where the reviewer shares their personal view and overall impression of the film. It often includes a rating system, which can help readers quickly gauge the reviewer's opinion.

A good film review strikes a balance between objective analysis and personal perspective. It is also important that the review uses engaging language and style to hold the reader's attention.

What is Film Review Important For?

Influence of film reviews.

Film reviews have a significant impact on public opinion and can greatly influence the success of a film.  A positive review from a reputable critic can attract more viewers and increase the film's box office revenue. On the other hand, a negative review can dissuade audiences from watching the film.

Attracting Viewers

Positive reviews can generate buzz and attract a larger audience to the theaters. They serve as a powerful tool in building anticipation and interest among moviegoers. Take Rotten Tomatoes for example.

Many film goers opt to check the Rotten Tomatoes reviews of a film before they decide to watch or see it in cinema. 

While this can work well for some movies in attracting viewers, it can negatively impact other films. This is especially true with the way Rotten Tomatoes rating system works. For a great insight on to how the platform works and the possible problems with its ratings, check out the video below. 

The Problem With Rotten Tomatoes

Box office success.

Positive reviews often contribute to a film's box office success. When critics praise a movie, it can lead to increased ticket sales and financial profitability for the filmmakers.

Influence on Perception

Reviews shape how people perceive a film. Positive reviews create a positive perception, making viewers more likely to give the movie a chance. On the other hand, negative reviews can deter potential viewers and impact the film's overall reception.

Critical Acclaim

When a film receives critical acclaim from respected reviewers and publications, it can achieve iconic status. This recognition elevates the film's reputation and can lead to long-lasting popularity and cultural significance.

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Film reviews hold considerable sway in the film industry. They not only impact the number of viewers but also shape how a film is perceived and remembered.

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Movie Review Example and Writers

Iconic film review writers.

The field of film criticism has been significantly influenced by several notable writers who have left a lasting impact on the industry. These writers, through their insightful analyses and thought-provoking perspectives, have shaped the way we perceive and appreciate films.

Their contributions have not only elevated the art of film criticism but have also enriched our understanding of cinema as a whole. 

Roger Ebert

Known for his acerbic wit and insightful commentaries, Ebert was one of the most influential film critics. His reviews, published in the Chicago Sun-Times for over four decades, were known for their accessible writing style and keen observations.

Pauline Kael

Writing for The New Yorker, Kael was known for her passionate and provocative reviews. She championed many underappreciated films and filmmakers, influencing public opinion and the course of American cinema.

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Andrew sarris.

A leading proponent of the auteur theory in America, Sarris's writings in The Village Voice and The New York Observer have had a profound impact on the way films are analyzed and appreciated.

Leonard Maltin

Renowned for his annual publication, "Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide," Maltin's reviews are known for their succinctness and precision. His work has guided generations of moviegoers.

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Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide

These critics, with their unique perspectives and styles, have made enduring contributions to film criticism, influencing not just audiences but filmmakers as well.

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‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’: Review

By Tim Grierson, Senior US Critic 2023-04-04T19:00:00+01:00

Back on the big screen after a three-decade absence, Brooklyn’s finest plumbers tool up for a Universal franchise

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‘Super Mario Bros. The Movie’

Dirs: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic. US. 2023. 92mins

Mario and Luigi’s first big-screen outing in 30 years is a colourful animated adventure that unfortunately seems less interested in establishing its own identity than in setting up a sure-to-be-lucrative franchise. At its best, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has the same carefree spirit as the beloved Nintendo game series, sending its iconic characters flying through the air or careening in high-octane go-karts. But whether it’s the hit-or-miss jokes or the familiar action beats, the film too often plays down to its young audience, valuing rambunctious energy over wit or heart.

Less interested in establishing its own identity than in setting up a sure-to-be-lucrative franchise

Critics’ nitpicking should hardly affect Universal’s bottom line, however: as the better-than-expected returns for Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves suggest, family audiences are hungry for viable film options, and this Illumination production should fit the bill. Add in a star-studded voice cast that includes Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black and Seth Rogen, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie ’s commercial prospects look even brighter. Sequels seem sure to follow.

Living in Brooklyn, where they’re trying to get their nascent plumbing business off the ground, loyal brothers Mario (voiced by Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) are desperate to find customers. When a massive underground leak threatens to flood the city, they spring into action, only to be sucked down a pipe into a fantasy realm known as The Mushroom Kingdom, ruled by the kindly Princess Peach (Taylor-Joy) who is trying to keep her toad subjects safe from the evil turtle Bowser (Black). 

The 1993 Super Mario Bros. , which starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, was a notorious debacle both commercially and critically, well-remembered as one of the first (and worst) live-action treatments of a popular video game. The Mario game franchise has only grown since, spawning spinoffs such as  Mario Kart that have greatly expanded the scope of the property. The Super Mario Bros. Movie seeks to appeal to that global fan base: unlike the dark-toned earlier film, the new picture is cheerful and breezy, primarily concerned with laying out the games’ central characters and principal settings. 

There are plenty of knowing references for those familiar with Mario and Luigi, as well as self-mocking jabs at some of the franchise’s sillier conventions. (Why do  the brothers wear white gloves if they’re supposed to be plumbers?) In keeping with the film’s hyperactive bent, directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic — who co-wrote Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (which Horvath also co-directed) — stuff the short running time with action and jokes, often to the detriment of character development. It doesn’t help matters that after the brothers land in this fantastical world, Luigi is captured by Bowser and separated from Mario, depriving the picture not just of Day and Pratt’s lively interactions but also the characters’ close bond. Instead, Mario teams up with Princess Peach to rescue Luigi, and the chemistry between these two characters is not especially electric. Black and Rogen (who voices Donkey Kong) bring their trademark boisterous energy, doing their best to fill in the gaps of underwritten roles with their own oversized personalities.

Although its humour is often aimed at children — the film is littered with ultra-adorable side characters and slapstick-y antics — Matthew Fogel’s screenplay doesn’t offer much in the way of life lessons or emotional shading for younger viewers. The picture’s only consistently sophisticated element is its rich animation, especially once our heroes arrive in The Mushroom Kingdom, which recreates the look and feel of jumping, punching, flying and driving like Mario and Luigi. Particularly pleasing is an extended Mario Kart -like chase sequence on a winding rainbow road high above the ground, the action slightly recalling the pedal-to-the-metal euphoria of Mad Max: Fury Road . 

But as often happens with the first instalments of anticipated cinematic franchises, The Super Mario Bros. Movie too often follows a predictable blockbuster template, turning Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach into just the latest superheroes who must save the world from a seemingly all-powerful foe. To be sure, Horvath and Jelenic try to slyly undercut such grandiosity, emphasising how ordinary Mario is. (The film also has pointed fun satirising the cartoonishly Italian voice Mario has brandished in the video games, although Pratt’s affected Brooklyn accent isn’t appreciably better.) The potential appeal of a new Mario picture is the opportunity it presents for filmmakers to bring the property’s memorable set pieces to a larger canvas. Sadly, The Super Mario Bros. Movie isn’t game enough to go its own way.  

Production company: Shigeru Miyamoto/Chris Meledandri Productions

Worldwide distribution: Universal Pictures

Producers: Chris Meledandri, Shigeru Miyamoto 

Screenplay: Matthew Fogel 

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