How to write a movie review (in no special order):
1) Do not read other reviews before you see a movie. You do not want to be unconsciously slanted one way or the other.
2) Always note the names of the main actors or actresses that perform in the movie. Comment on whether or not you felt that they did a good job, or fell on their face.
3) Include the rating of the movie and the running time. Parents may not want to bring children to an R-rated movie, and some people just cannot sit in a theater for over two hours.
4) Try to note who the director is; who did the screenplay; and whether or not the film is based on a book.
5) If the movie is a big production, with big time special effects (Batman, Superman, Avatar... always recommend that the movie be seen in 3D or IMAX.
6) If you are reviewing the movie at home, always use the subtitles. I have found that I miss half of the dialog in some films because of the recent trend by actors to mumble their way through a movie.
7) If the movie is complicated or you feel that there was so much information that you may have missed something, watch it again (e. g. Lincoln).
8) Although your job is to watch all movies, I found that I do a better job reviewing good movies. This is because you become more passionate about good movies. Try to stay away from the “stinkers” because they are not watched and the reviews are not read.
9) You cannot always trust other writer’s reviews of movies. I have seen movies which were completely trashed or highly recommended by reviewers, and then after watching them, walked away with a completely different opinion. You must remember that some studios pay reviewers to promote their movies.
10) Last, but not least, and most importantly: Give your own opinion of the movie. Anybody can regurgitate someone else’s thoughts. Be unique and use humor to get your point across. (This why I suggest not reading other peoples reviews before you watch a movie).
Now go out and enjoy a movie.