Review 500 Competition

Young person writing a film review with pencil
  • Please note: The Review 500 Competition has replacing our previous Review of the Week competition. We'll have a brand new Review 500 page coming in the not-too-distant future.

Our brand new Review 500 competition combines film and education to develop literacy, boost attainment and improve critical skills in young people.

Writing critical reviews of films is a fantastic means of improving young people's writing skills, freeing them to flex their literacy muscles in a way that's fun and focuses on creativity rather than perfecting spelling and punctuation, ultimately helping young people to develop a unique voice of their own.

How to Enter

  • Please note: This competition is only available to Into Film Club members.

Review 500 gives young people the chance to get creative and adds a new dimension to their film watching. Once they've watched a film, encourage your club members to log in and post a review on the relevant film page on the Into Film website. To be eligible for Review 500, reviews should be no longer than 500 words, and all eligible submissions will be judged by the Into Film Team.

A winning review will be chosen every fortnight, with the winner receiving a £20 Amazon voucher. Nine runners-up will each receive a £10 Amazon voucher, and all the chosen winners will receive a certificate and be entered into a grand draw for a special annual prize.

What's more, each winner will have their entry uploaded onto IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie content, where their review will sit alongside professional film critics from around the world.

We welcome reviews in either English or Welsh language. Check out our Welsh-medium review writing guides. / Cofiwch bod modd adolygu yn Gymraeg neu'n Saesneg a bod modd defnyddio'r anoddau adolygu sydd ar gael yma.

If you have any questions regarding Review 500, please don't hesitate to contact us at

What makes a winning review?

Hearing an explanation of the plot is one thing, but what we'd really like to hear is why you liked the film. How did the film make you feel? What was good about it, what was bad? How would you have improved the film?

Watch the video below to hear Radio One film critic Ali Plumb's top five tips on writing effective reviews.

If you want to delve deeper into review writing with your Into Film Club or in the classroom, our new Review Writing page collects all of our resources and helpful News and Views articles to help you support young people in developing their literacy skills through review writing.

Our Latest Review 500 Winner

The Adventures of Prince Achmed - Reviewed by Elizabeth, Aged 9, from Sheringham CP School

I liked it because it is very funny and dramatic and there is lots of dilemmas and they all seem to get solved. 

The lighting was very different to the modern lighting because the modern style is normally not very bright but the adventures of prince Achmed is bursting with wonderful colours and sounds. 

The story is about a sorcerer who tries to use dark magic to steal the princess but Achmed stops him but then gets tangled up in an adventure...