How to review a movie

Many people watch films and like to review them. Moreover, the more reviews the movie has, the better understanding of it can be for the average user. Each reviewer is different from others in some way, be it discussing the specifics of movies, making movie summaries for those who haven't watched it yet; explaining how and which genre features are used, or even focusing on a specific topic based on a particular scene.

Do you have something to say about films that interest you and wonder how to do a movie review? Specific details may vary between genres and depend on the style you're going for in your movie critique, but in general, the following steps can help:

  • Start with a short introduction, present yourself, and name the film's title.
  • Highlight the features of the movie that made it unique or piqued your interest — the reason why you are reviewing it.
  • Describe the main plot without revealing too many spoilers (if necessary, during editing, include a warning and a time stamp to jump to avoid spoilers).
  • Evaluate the technical aspects of the film: the acting, the directing style, and the cinematography. You can also pay attention to the score and sound effects if they are important.
  • Include favorite quotes or interesting dialogue from the film — some may be useful as recurring gags if they fit your script.
  • In the end, summarize your review, highlight key points, express your overall rating of the movie, and whether you would recommend it or not, depending on that.

When all the material has been filmed, there is only one thing left to do, but it may be the most important one – editing. It may seem complicated if you don't have enough experience yet, but if this is the case, our online editing tool will help you out. Working with it is pretty simple:

  1. Add files

    Open Clideo’s Online Video Editor and click "Get started", then the "+" icon to import media files from your device. You can also upload them from online cloud storage.

    Video editor to make movie review video

    You can also use the built-in media libraries to look for audio, images, clips, and other elements that would fit the style of your video or help illustrate your point better.

    Add stock videos in movie review
  2. Edit the video

    In the "Canvas" tab, you can change the aspect ratio if needed — for example, 16:9 if you post the video on YouTube, and there are other options as well.

    Change size of movie review video

    To cut out the excess footage, place the playhead on the starting point of the unwanted part, then click "Split" at the top left of the timeline and repeat at every point where it's required. Then, select them and click "Delete" to remove them.

    Split movie review video

    Splitting will also help when you want to change the look of a certain part of the video, like altering colors, applying blur or transparency, etc. Such adjustments can be made by selecting a file in the timeline and applying one of the options in the tab above.

    Edit movie review clip

    To add music or sound effects, simply place the audio file above the video fragment where it should play. Then, adjust the sound using the "Volume" slider and apply fade-in and fade-out effects in the options tab if needed.

    Add music to movie review video

    You can also overlay an image or clip over the main video in the timeline and adjust its position in the preview window. This way, you can fit many fragments into one frame while controlling the layers on the timeline.

    Several videos on one screen

    If you need to add captions, click + on any preset in the "Text" tab or drag it to the preview or timeline. Then, write the text and edit it according to your taste.

    Add text to movie review video

    When done, click "Export" and choose your preferred export option.

    Export movie review video
  3. Save the result

    Watch the preview to see if everything looks good in the final video. To add changes, click "Edit", otherwise, download your movie review to your device or cloud storage.

    Download movie review video

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