Review of a film [from Print source using APA 5th ed.]


A film review is very much like a journal article, except that a description of form and content is given in the reference in square brackets. Add the year of release of the film, after the title, separated by a comma.

Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year). Title of review [Review of the motion picture Title of the film ]. Journal title, volume number (part or issue number - if any), start and end page numbers of review.


Fainaru, D. (2006, September 29). Ghosts [ Review of the motion picture Ghosts].
Screen International, 1565, 20.

Kinder, M. (2002). Moulin Rouge [Review of the motion picture Moulin Rouge]. Film Quarterly, 55(3), 52-59.

Citation in Text

This review (Kinder, 2002) analyses the contribution this film has made to the musical ...

Dan Fainaru (2006, September 29, p. 20) describes Nick Broomfield's film as adding "another perspective on Eastern immigration to the West".


  • If the review is untitled, put everything in square brackets e.g. [Review of the motion picture Moulin Rouge] in the normal title position and keep the square brackets.