Structure of an Analytical Film Review


An analytical film review typically has the following structure. Do check with your teacher to see if there are any special requirements or expectations for your assignment.

Key parts of the analytical film review are explained further below:


In the Introduction you can:

  • Catch the reader’s attention with a “hook”*
  • Give brief relevant information about the film. This may include the title, director, key actor(s), year of release, genre, etc.
  • Justify the choice of film due to its significance or scope
  • State the focus area of the film review
  • Preview the content of the review (optional)


In the synopsis (or summary) of the film, you can:

  • Briefly summarise the main points and purpose of the film.
  • Focus also on the ideas and themes you will discuss and evaluate later.

Keep this section brief, perhaps one paragraph of 100-300 words. Expect that the reader has already seen the film; a long and detailed description is unnecessary.

Body paragraphs

This is main part of your review. You should write several body paragraphs which:

  • Analyse and explain your ideas regarding the focus area of the film which you chose
  • Elaborate on the points of your analysis.

This structure can be used to build strong paragraphs:

Example body paragraph:

Conclusion and recommendation

In your final paragraph, you can:

  • Restate the focus of the review
  • Give your overall assessment of the work, supported by reasons
  • Give your overall recommendation for other viewers

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