What’s the difference between a movie review and film criticism? Good question!
Although both contain information about a film’s plot, characters, and production quality, a movie review is a much less formal document than an article containing academic film criticism. When reading an article, web site, or blog entry about a film, here are some things to look for to help distinguish between a movie review and scholarly criticism.
Many thanks to the library at California State University, Monterey Bay, for portions of the information adapted for this page.
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