Review 500 Competition

Review 500
  • Please note: The Review 500 Competition has replaced 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 info@intofilm.org.

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 Bourne Supremacy - Reviewed by Josh, aged 14, Abingdon School

The Jason Bourne movies are a fantastic series of films, and the Bourne Supremacy is no exception. In this film, Matt Damon stars as the amnesic Bourne, who is desperately trying to discover why his former employers - the CIA - are still after him. Having been unknowingly framed in a CIA operation, he is forced to return to his previous life as an assassin in order to survive, having maintained an underground existence in India for the past two years.

Matt Damon plays the role of Bourne with conviction, and it is interesting to see how he portrays a character who cannot remember his own past. Throughout the film, the viewer only knows as much as Bourne himself, who is desperate to piece the truth together; this brings an extra level of suspense to the plotline, and allows the viewer to put themselves in the protagonist's shoes.

The action scenes are well constructed and convincing, most notably the car chase scene in which Bourne is trying to escape from one of the primary antagonists of the film, a character named Kirill (played by Karl Urban), whose mission is to kill Bourne. On top of this, clever cinematography in fight scenes gives them a scuffling and frantic, yet controlled, look, immersing the viewer further into the film's plot. Exciting music contributes to these elements of the film, adding to the viewer's overall enjoyment.

The film also manages to build in the emotional trauma suffered by the protagonist, with disconnected flashbacks contributing to the overall sense of confusion felt by Bourne, as he tries to remember what happened on his first ever assignment, in Berlin.

The film isn't all action and mystery, however: several funny elements have been cleverly built into the plot, adding humour and lightening the mood, throwing the intensity into relief.

Although there are a couple of minor flaws in the storyline, this film overall provided a very enjoyable viewing experience. I would highly recommend it to fans of action, thriller and mystery movies alike.