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Movie criticism should be approached as an art, where each movie presents both positive and negative aspects and often reveals insight on society and culture, no matter its quality. Write about movies intellectually 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 movie criticism. And I don't approach movie criticism as a science, I approach really as an art. And there's no checklist that I have when I do a film review. I try to do it more intuitively. The way that I write a film review is to try to get as much out of the film as I can even if I don't like it there are often things that you can talk about. Its important to remember that even bad movies sometimes reflect what's going on in society and culture and be very interesting as a barometer to many things that are going on in the culture. And so I don't really have one set of rules for one type of film and one set of rules for another type of film. I don't expect a film by you know a great film artist to have the same criterian of excellence as say as a low budget horror film. But I think within each category of film there are standards of excellence that can be applied. So while it would be a mistake to say that some action superhero movie is not as good as an Ingmar Bergman film at the same time there are good and bad Ingmar Bergman films and there are good and bad superhero action films. And I think you have to judge every movie on its own. Okay.

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