Film criticisms and movie reviews are terms that are often interchangeable (University of Vermont, 2017). They are, after all, similar as they examine and evaluate their subjects. The simplest difference between them is that film criticism examines a subject closer more than a movie review would, while the latter assesses a film’s overall enjoyability (Dickinson College, 2018). The latter is more popular with the general public, since most people are busy every day. They will want to know if their time and money will be well-spent and entertained on a movie currently released in theaters and streaming services, rather than to study the themes, aesthetics, and effects of any film. In addition, it guides them in their decision-making process (Trust Pilot, 2017), since there are always plenty of films released at a time.
As we shift from the printing press to a more concise digital medium, film reviews in video formats are growing evermore popular, chiefly in YouTube. Individual reviewers, like Chris Stuckmann and Jeremy Jahns, are some of the more influential leading voices of this genre on the website, with over a million subscribers (Social Blade, n.d.) with their thousands of videos. There are a few critics on YouTube that have now been legitimized, namely Stuckmann and Alicia Malone, as they are also members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA, n.d.).
Stuckmann, in particular, is now certified on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes (Rotten Tomatoes, n.d.). He often legitimizes himself as a critic by posting several film analyses and editorials, ranging from the state of modern horror movies (Waldeck, 2015) to the art of film criticism, as well as publishing two books discussing his love for movies and anime (Stuckmann, n.d.). Malone has done the same, all while being a reporter, covering several prestigious film festivals and award ceremonies (Malone, 2017), and appearing on news networks, like CNN and MSNBC, as a film expert. She also hosts for the FilmStruck podcast and the television network TMC, and hosted two TED talks, discussing women in film.
Alicia Malone’s BFCA Members Page. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.criticschoice.com/members/amalone/
Chris Stuckmann’s BFCA Members Page. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.criticschoice.com/members/cstuckmann/
Chris Stuckmann’s Rotten Tomatoes Page. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rottentomatoes.com/critic/chris-stuckmann/movies
Chris Stuckmann’s subscriber count. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://socialblade.com/youtube/user/chrisstuckmann/realtime
Dickinson College. (2018, March 28). Film Studies: Film Criticism. Retrieved from http://libguides.dickinson.edu/filmstudies/criticism
Jeremy Jahn’s subscriber count. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://socialblade.com/youtube/user/jeremyjahns/realtime
Ledesma, J. (2017, June 20). Why do people read reviews? What our research revealed. Retrieved from http://blog.trustpilot.com/blog/why-do-people-read-reviews-what-our-research-revealed
Malone, A. (2017). Alicia Malone’s Biography. Retrieved from http://aliciamalone.com/
Stuckmann, C. (Chris Stuckmann). (2014, June 8). On Film Criticism. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJdfJVyDEQE
University of Vermont. (2017, October 15). Reviews vs Film Criticism. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://researchguides.uvm.edu/c.php?g=290200&p=3481769
Waldeck, C. (2015, May 02). Chris Stuckmann is Legitimizing YouTube film criticism. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/chris-stuckmann-legitimizing-youtube-film-criticism-waldeck/