How to Cite a Movie Review Page in MLA Style



Students are often required to use MLA style when writing long papers and theses in the liberal arts fields. MLA format is a standard of written communication developed by the Modern Language Association, and it governs -- among other things -- how to cite different sources within a text. To cite a movie review in MLA style on your Works Cited page, use the MLA style guidelines for citing reviews in general.

Author

  • Write the name of the author of the film review with the last name first, followed by the first name and separated by a comma; for example: Brown, Alexander. If there are two authors, write Author Surname, First Name, and Author First Name Surname: Brown, Alexander and Beatrice Martin.

Review Title

  • Write the title of the review inside quotation marks and with a period inside the last quotation mark. For examples: "The Best Summer Blockbuster." At this point, your review should look like this: Brown, Alexander. "The Best Summer Blockbuster."

Film Title

  • Write "Rev. of" (which stands for "Review of"), and put the title of the film in italics followed by a comma. Your review should look like this: Brown, Alexander. "The Best Summer Blockbuster." Rev. of Return to Planet X (in italics),
  • Film Directors

    • Introduce the directors by writing "dir." followed by the name of the director or directors and a period. Example: dir. Matt Santos and Gary Lim. Now your review should look like this: Brown, Alexander. "The Best Summer Blockbuster." Rev. of Return to Planet X (in italics), dir. Matt Santos and Gary Lim.

    Publication Name

    • Write the name of the print or online publication in which you found the film review in italics, as in the following: Brown, Alexander. "The Best Summer Blockbuster." Rev. of Return to Planet X (in italics), dir. Matt Santos and Gary Lim. New York Times (in italics).

    Publication Date

    • Add the date of the publication starting with the day of the month, followed by the month and year and another period. Shorten months to the first three letters, as in Jan, Feb, Mar, etc. Write the year out completely. The citation of your film review now looks like this: Brown, Alexander. "The Best Summer Blockbuster." Rev. of Return to Planet X (in italics), dir. Matt Santos and Gary Lim. New York Times (in italics) 19 Jun 2014.

    Publication Format

    • State whether the publication was in print or online. The citation of your film review is now complete: Brown, Alexander. "The Best Summer Blockbuster." Rev. of Return to Planet X (in italics), dir. Matt Santos and Gary Lim. New York Times (in italics) 19 Jun 2014. Print.

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