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Become a Film Critic

Writing film reviews for UK Film Review

It is the age-old question...well one of the age-old questions. Much like “If a tree falls in the wood, and there is no one there to hear it fall, does it make a sound?”, the philosophical ponderings around the black magic that is film criticism has had many a would-be reviewer scratching their heads with pointed quills. Luckily, for those scribes with a penchant for movie reviews, you can stop inflicting yourself with unnecessary head wounds, because (to paraphrase Kermode and Mayo) “How do you become a film critic? You just become a film critic.”


Here at UK Film Review, our motto is...not in the groin. But after that, it is we give anyone a try. Whether it be a first-time filmmaker submitting their shoe-string budget short film about killer clowns, or Michael Bay’s latest action film highlighting the plight of slaves in 19th Century New England (coming to a cinema near you in 2029). And with that ethos, we invite anyone wanting to become a film critic to submit their best piece to us.


All that we ask is that you are:


  • A decent writer who is passionate about film criticism

  • Willing to review ALL kinds of films - not just those at the cinema

  • Happy to take on constructive criticism and develop

  • Be a film reviewer who writes about all aspects of a film, not just a detailed account of the plot



We are introducing a new Tier System for our writers - so we can start paying our hard-working writers for their awesome work. These are the tiers:


Get started by reviewing films from the list on the next page.

Pro - £2 per review*

Review shorts & indie feature films submitted by filmmakers from around the world from our queue. We have lots of these!

UKFR House Critic - £5-£20 per review**

Review films from our Queue Jump or Promotion Packages - shorter deadlines but higher pay available.

*payment made by bank transfer for every 5 films

**scale of payment depends on review type (e.g. Video Reviews earn more)

Please note: paid reviews are available on a limited basis depending on filmmaker submissions.

As a UK Film Review Critic you can also enjoy the following:


  • The chance to get their writing on a (very) popular film reviews website

  • Access to some of the latest indie and short films

  • Invitations to press screenings of the biggest theatrical movies

  • Promotion in front of our 1000s of social media followers

  • Support and guidance on improving their writing

  • Being part of an online film-loving community.

NEW: film critic Chris Olson gives his top tips for film critics on the UK Film Review Podcast

If you ever wondered what a film critic's journey looks like, the below film podcast episode is essential listening. The UK Film Review Editor-in-Chief gives his FREE top tips for film critics, as well as an insight into pitching to publications and how to network in the film industry. Listen now using the embed below, or find the episode on all good podcast platforms.

All sounding good? Remember to follow UK Film Review on social media (links in the footer) so you can stay up to date with our film reviews, movie trailers, and film festival updates.



Click Here to Get Started

For anyone looking to take their film reviews to the next level, our Editor-in-Chief and film critic Chris Olson has written a short guide with 9 Top Tips for Aspiring Film Critics. Inside you will find hints and advice from someone who has written/proofed/edited over 2,000 movie reviews.

Introductory Price: £1.99

(normally £2.99)

Copy of 9 Top Tips for Aspiring Filmmake
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