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Writing film reviews requires drawing the reader in with compelling insight about the movie, but be prepared to see and write about many poor movies throughout the course of a career. Begin writing film reviews for a small paper before graduating up to a larger publication with advice from a professional film critic in this free video on writing.

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My name is Peter Rainer, and I'm a film critic for the Christian Science Monitor. I'm here to talk about writing. There's no textbook that you use, there's no formula, there's no list of questions. As with any kind of writing, is when you start out, you try to write something that's exciting, that will grab the reader and draw them in. You don't want to just open with some pedestrian plot summary. You want to open with something that in some way is going to draw the reader in. You write film reviews for your college newspaper, and then you use that as a way to get work afterwards, and you have to be very persistent, and you can't expect it to be a glamorous job. Because, in the end, everybody always says "What a great job, being a movie critic. You see hundreds of movies for free!" But the truth is, most of those movies are not very good, and you do a great deal of writing. If you write on a regular basis, as I do, you write the equivalent of an average sized book per year, so it's a great deal of work. You have to love movies, and you have to be able to be strong enough to withstand the many times when movies are not good. Okay.

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