A MOTION-PICTURE review is a criticism, a statement of the strong and weak points of a picture. There are various kinds of reviews, and there are a number of purposes that one may have in reviewing a picture. You may review a picture orally. For example, you may say to your friend, "You ought to see 'Eskimo.' It has some striking shots of scenes in the Arctic." This is a kind of review, and points out that the scenes or settings of the picture provide one of the enjoyable features.
There are also written reviews of motion pictures. These usually are done by persons specially trained to write them. The daily newspapers and the weekly and monthly magazines have motion-picture critics who write reviews. Some of you may have occasion to write newspaper reviews. Certainly, you have an opportunity to write these reviews for your high-school paper. Others of you may be able to do some reviewing for your local newspapers.
How does one review a motion picture? In the first place, to do a satisfactory piece of reviewing, you ought to sit through two viewings of the film. The first viewing will acquaint you with the main details of the picture. The second time, you will be able to watch carefully for skill in direction, acting, and so on. If we study reviews, we see that the writer is setting up certain standards for motion pictures. He sets up standards for the photography, the story, the acting, the direction, the lighting, the dialogue,