We all like to be a critic, that’s what makes watching independent films so rewarding. When we walk out of the cinema there is nothing more delightful than spewing our own thoughts and feelings of the film we have just seen to our nearest and dearest.
However, what about film review websites? If you take it upon yourself to type this into Google, get ready for a bombardment of choices.
So what is the best? Below is our top ten!
1) Roger Ebert
If you are looking for the daddy of all film review websites, Roger Ebert’s has to be it. The recently deceased critic wrote in-depth reviews on nearly every film released and has an extensive back catalogue.
This really is the cream of the crop and is the Mecca of all things film.
The Guardian film section is great in print form and even better online! Their witty reviews really are well worth a look as are their numerous articles and past releases.
Rotten Tomatoes gathers together all of the reviews from top publications and then averages out their scores. By doing this you can see what has been given a ‘fresh’ rating of over 50% and a ‘rotten’ one of under 50%.
In other words this site separates the wheat from the chaff in order for you to select your Friday night viewing!
Yahoo movies offer upcoming film releases, those being released onto DVD and other key information. They also have a nice range of trailers available!
If you are looking for what ordinary viewing folk think of this week’s releases, there is really nowhere else than IMDB. There are countless user reviews of each film title, ranging from a 1 star review up to a 10!
6) Meta Critic
Similar to Rotten Tomatoes, this site averages out reviews and gives it a score out of 100. It also has a sub section to view their scores of other film publications!
MrQE holds over 100,000 reviews and over 900,000 articles. They have an extremely wide selection, as well as, URL’s to sites like New York Times, Newsday and Time Out New York.
Flixster shows cinema times, reviews, DVD releases and much, much more! You can also use this site on the go in the form of their Smartphone app.
9) Film Comment
If you are hungry for a more academic based site, then Film Comment is for you! This scholar based magazine and website has a vast range of articles, reviews and a blog.
The sites authors write the reviews on this site and they give each title a score. As well as this, they also have a wide variety of other information on the site.
So there you have it, the top 10 film review websites. Happy viewing/critiquing everyone!