Want to become a film critic? We will tell you how!

In the 21st century, many people at a young age don’t believe that their opinion in the area of film criticism is valuable. Why do we need to comment on something if there are so many professionals already doing so? But is this true or are we just overthinking things?

In the market, we are valued on the basis of our educational skills and on how well we can apply them. As Susie Moore aptly puts it: “Skills pay the bills.” A good diploma and knowledge is often part of the criteria for employment in any sector of the journalism industry. But is the education part that important or is it all about you and your ambition when it comes to becoming a film critic?


Primarily, education develops our perspective of looking at life. It helps us to form opinions and our own point of view. It is the catalyst for converting information into knowledge. However, not so many of us, even after finishing a degree, have developed our own voice.

With numerous opportunities on this career path, the media landscape is in constant flux. But we can quickly get where we want to go and can start shaping our vision. Knowledge is great and a good mindset is important, but what will get you to the top of your career one day (with or without a degree) is showing what you can do. There is no need to be afraid of starting, because those who start never fail.


We have asked some brilliant editors from well-respected magazines whether they think it is now easier to start a film critic career:

Terri White, Editor of the Empire magazine:


Phil Desemlyen, Global film editor TimeOut:


If you don’t know where to start there is more that one way of gaining the experience. Think outside the box.


Working with aspiring critics and reporters in workshops, attending film festivals and taking some film classes are several practical ways in which a dedicated and talented journalist can make steps in the right direction.

At the end of the day, we are all hired for the exact same reason – that being someone thinks a person has the ability to add value to a company. There is nothing that can stop you becoming a professional if you have practice. Creating your own unique pieces of journalism for your blog is always a fantastic start.


“Knowledge is only potential power. The real power is in the doing and the creating.” – Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich, 1937)

Words: Anna Samonova | Subbing: Millie Richardson

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