What is a Film Critic?
Can you imagine a job where you actually get paid to watch movies? That’s precisely what a Film Critic does.
Film Critics are paid to watch films of all genres (subjects) and give their brutally honest opinion in the form of written reviews.
Film Critics usually attend a film’s opening, so they see the film and crit it long before the public gets to see it.
A review from a Film Critic is subjective. A Film Critic should have good sense of quality to distinguish a cheesy comedy from an awarding winning comedy, a spaghetti western from a good western film etc.
Reviews from Film Critics are publicised on the radio, television, in various print media, on the internet etc – which means that Film Critics may have a significant influence over audience attendance.
However, reviews must never reveal the ending or give too much away.
Film Critics must have a love of arts, culture and journalism.
NOTE: Only a handful of Film Critics make it ‘big’, – many Film Critics write other articles as well for newspapers, blogs etc as a side profession.
What does a Film Critic do?
- watches film screenings – sometimes more than one in a day
- evaluates the acting, editing, plot, themes, and quality of the script and soundtrack
- attends film openings otherwise known as premieres
- researches films and their storylines, background to directors and producers and any other interesting facts about the making of the movie
- meets newspapers / magazines deadlines
- makestelevision / radio appearances
- passionate about films?
- able to work independently?
- a self-starter?
- a good writer?
- able to express yourself well?
- willing to work unusual hours?
- willing to watch both good and bad movies?
How do I become a Film Critic?
A degree or diploma in Film is recommended.
- SA FILM (News & Resources for SA Film Makers)
Alternatively, you could consider a degree in Journalism but you would also need courses in film studies.
- UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
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Is becoming a Film Critic the right career choice for me?