Our Movie Review Guide

Here at DuckBird we put a bit of time into thinking about how to do great reviews for movies. As part of our process, we did a good deal of research, and we found some great ideas posted by some very thoughtful people. Then we put a great of thought into our own tweaks and optional sub-genres.

Following, we share the guide we use here at DuckBird.

Film Genre

AC-0000 | ACTION
AD-0000 | ADVENTURE
AN-0000 | ANIMATED
CO-0000 | COMEDY
CR-0000 | CRIME
DO-0000 | DOCUMENTARY
DR-0000 | DRAMA
FA-0000 | FAMILY / FRIENDS
FN-0000 | FANTASY
MU-0000 | MUSICAL
RO-0000 | ROMANCE
SF-0000 | SCIENCE FICTION
SU-0000 | SUSPENSE
TR-0000 | THRILLERS
WF-0000 | WAR FILMS
WE-0000 | WESTERNS

**Horror: We have decidedly NOT included horror of any kind on this website and we have limited ‘Thrillers’ to those with less horrific materials. Frankly if you just need to get scared, go climb ‘El Capitan’, you can have the thrill and no one gets hurt, no minds are warped, and life is good.

 

Grade Categories

AM | Animation Modern
An animated film that has a budget over 1 million dollars. Most of these films would be found after 1975, because of computers, but there are some that could be older in the case of Disney.

AL | Animation Low Budget
Animated films that had a budget of 1 million dollars maximum. Most of these films are pre 1975. They also almost entirely come from other countries or could be reconstructed from cheap television shows.

BB | Big Budget
Productions with a budget over $20m.

ID | Independent
Independent productions with a budget from $500 to $1m.

LB | Low Budget
Productions with a budget from $50k to $499k.

MS | Mainstream
Films that had a budget ranging from 1 to $19m.

P7 | Plan 7 Amazing
Independent productions with a budget below $50k.

 

Movie Review Checklist

PLOT
THEME
ACTING
DIRECTION
SCORE
CINEMATOGRAPHY
PRODUCTION
SPECIAL
EDITING
PACE
DIALOGUE

 

Credits + Sources


Critics Corner
a Guide to Film Critique by Philip C. Congleton

Note that we closely followed the format given by Philip C. Congleton, shared on his website, which is excellent and helped us to develop our formula with several twists and more detail on each element. Many thanks to Mr. Congleton.

You can visit his website, for a more detailed discussion of movie reviews: click here


How to Analyze a Movie – Step-By-Step Guide

Movie Review Checklist


Wikipedia

Wikipedia helps us a great deal to fill in the blanks and give more details for many things including the details for genre presented here.