Film Critic

Write reviews and commentaries about movies.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $75,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Film Critics do?

Film Critics work in journalism, watching and reviewing movies for the general public. It’s fun work if you can get it, but a wealth of knowledge is needed to become a good Film Critic. You have to be well-spoken, a good Writer, clever and fresh with each new movie you sit through – even the bad ones. And there will be bad ones.

After you screen a movie, you write up a review and turn it in to your Editor. Then your Editor will publish it to whatever media outlet you work for; and there are a lot to choose from. As a Film Critic, you can work for a magazine, newspaper, news show, website, blog…it doesn’t matter where, as long as you bring a lot of entertainment know-how to your reviews – of both film and popular culture.

The truth of the matter is that there are only a couple of Film Critics that most people can think of at the top of their heads, and those two people had a show together. But there’s also a lot of people who guide people’s cinematic decisions through reviews in a whole lot of mediums, from newspapers to twitter. So while you probably won’t become a household name, you will get to watch movies for a living. And people will look to you for the final word on what they should spend their movie ticket money on that weekend.

Should I be a Film Critic?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Film Reviewer

    How to become a Film Critic

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