Everyone's a critic. Really, we all are whether we do it internally, simply making a judgement on a film or if we decide to go a step furthur and try to make our opinions known by others. If you're a member of the latter category, it doesn't matter why: you might be doing it to help other people know if they should avoid a film or look out for it. Some of you might just like the knowledge that other people give a damn about your opinion but ultimately that's what we're doing: making our opinions known.
So how do you review a movie? Up until now I've been making attempts to make my reviews capable of expressing who should see a film. They tend to end with "if you're this sort of person, you should check it out" but having recently seen Synecdoche, New York
I've come to realise speaking to everyone won't cut it. To say some people will appreciate this film and some won't would logically imply, as far as my previous reviewing mentality, that the film should come to a completely fine 3/5 conclusion, but this film goes furthur than that for me. It clearly won't appeal to everyone but it manages to express it's ideas and themes perfectly and given the sort of film that it is, it's made extremely well.
So are you like me? Do you make attempts to write for a broad audience without sacrificing your opinion of the film. Or do you write for the people that whatever film in question was made for, accepting that there is no way to connect to a broad demographic (or demographics)?