Reviews Appendix G: Finding Sample Film Reviews

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In part because of the vast marketing power of the film industry, finding professional reviews of current (and previous) films is as easy as opening a browser window.  Any of these sites will provide ready access to thousands of reviews.


Internet Movie Data Base 




Rotten Tomatoes 







If you are looking for stand-out film criticism, consider a look at the work of the Boston Globe’s Mark Feeney, who in 2008 won a Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. Here are links to a few of the reviews that helped him earn that award. 


A clockwork Kubrick


Art, celebrity meet in 'Leibovitz'


Or you might browse the archives of A.O. Scott of The New York Times, a 2010 Pulitzer finalist whose subjects may be more accessible than Feeney’s to many students.  Here are a few of his summer 2010 reviews


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010): Global Warming Among the Undead


Lunar Toons and Cookie Capers



And a link to A.O. Scott’s NY Times collection:


Not enough?  Consider visiting The New York Times list of the top 1,000 movies (and their reviews) at


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Here are links to a few reviews produced by students at Palo Alto High School using the methods demonstrated in this unit:


Pixar's Up soars above and beyond


New Moon more crescent than full