Review of a film [from Print source using APA 6th 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

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


Kinder, M. (2002). Moulin Rouge [Review of the motion picture Moulin Rouge, 2001]. 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.
  • If there is no identifiable author, begin your reference with the title of the review. Cite the first few words of the review title in the text of your work and use double quotation marks around the title.