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Movie Review Sites

General Movie Review Sites:

Internet Movie Database

The biggest, best, most award-winning movie site on the planet.

Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes provides a unique and rather tongue-in-cheek approach to summing up the general consensus of opinion from a large database of reviewers. According to their "tomatometer" if a movie gets more than 60% approval on weighted average, it's fresh, or if it gets less, it's rotten.


Metacritic provides a roundup of "what the critics are saying", displayed from best to worst reviews by movie, and assign an overall score to the general consensus on the movie.

Check the Grid

Check The Grid take movie reviews from a number of notable sources and read them all, assigning a simple color rating to each. They then present the information visually, like a set of traffic lights for each movie, but where you can see what color each reviewer gave it.

Movie Review Query Engine

Quick access to a substantial depth of reviews from a wide variety of sources including the influential sources from a fast no-frills site.

Cinema Review Magazine

Reviews from authoritive sources grouped into a star rating of 1 to 5 stars.

Hollywood.com Movie Reviews

Movie reviews grouped by their overall star rating from the Hollywood.com site

Roger Ebert at Chicago Sun-Times

Searchable reviews from one of the most notable movie critics of our time.

Film Critic

Filmcritic hosts more than 3,300 movie reviews and stories from 20 critics

Movie Comments

Features insightful public ratings with brief reviews from each contributor.

IGN FilmForce: Reviews

Current film reviews from the popular IGN network.

Movie Review Sites for Parents:

Kids in Mind

This site enables adults to determine whether a movie is appropriate for them or their children, according to their own criteria. Unlike the MPAA the site does not assign an rating based on age but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE & PROFANITY, on a scale of 0 to 10, and they explain in detail why a film rates high or low in a specific category; also included are instances of SUBSTANCE USE, a thorough list of DISCUSSION TOPICS that may elicit questions from children, and the MESSAGE the film conveys.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense reviews help you find movies that you will love and that will interest even the pickiest youngest kids, preteens and teens. The site lets you know what's coming soon and the latest on new kids movies. We also offer ways to talk to your kids about the messages in the movies they love.


Christian movie reviews for family-friendly entertainment

Film Sites:

American Film Institute

AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media.

Harvard Film Archive

Collects and screens fine foreign, art, historical and other films.

National Film Preservation Board

a public-private partnership to benefit the film preservation efforts of American film archives, historical societies and similar institutions.

UCLA Film and Television Archive

California-based museum, containing over 220,000 films and television programs and newsreel footage.

Senses of Cinema

An online film journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of art, independent and experimental cinemas.

Film Sound Design

theoretical and practical aspects on narrative sound effects in film and TV.

Jeem's CinePad

Film theory, reviews and critiques laid out in a floor plan of a virtual house.


Reviews films of artistic and independent variety, highlighting content and context. List of films as well as feature articles.

Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing

Essays that review films from a storytelling point of view.

Strictly Film School

an evolving analysis journal of landmark cinema, examining universal themes, symbols and imagery, historical and artistic genres.

Cinetext: Film & Philosophy

Internet forum for cinema studies addressing students, researchers, scholars and anyone with an interest in the thoughtful exploration of cinema, film and television.

All Movie Guide

Allows users to search for films using flexible criteria. Film listings include general information, cast and crew, synopses, reviews. Allows users to rate films on several dimensions.


Reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents from the Pacific Film Archive Library's collection. Searchable by film title, director, genre, or subject.

Foreign Films Database

Foreign and independent films, with in-depth articles and biographies, user reviews and message boards. Searchable by title or director, cross-listed by country, genre or language. User contributions welcome.

Asian Movie Database

Allows searching by title, people, location, language, genre or year. Listings include general information, reviews, cast and crew details, multimedia and links.

Fiction into Film List

Searchable list of science fiction, fantasy and horror movies and TV shows that are based on works of fiction.

This page was last modified on March 18 2011