Letters to the Editor

Unfair reviews

October 1, 2009


To the editor:

I am writing to you about something that I think should be taken into very careful consideration: kids’ movie reviews! Kids should rate movies geared towards kids, and teenagers should write reviews about movies geared towards teenagers.

I’ve noticed that the adult critics write serious, harsh and bad reviews on great kids’ movies. Most movies geared towards kids and teens are not meant to be taken so seriously. And that’s probably why the critics tend to not like movies as much which are meant for a younger audience.

For instance, about 15 kids (including boys) from my school and I went to see the Hannah Montana movie earlier this year and I think we all loved it (including the boys)! Yet, when I read the capsule review on the movie in the Journal-World the next day, it was given only two or two and a half stars. Strangely enough, in its first week at the box office, this movie made the most money a G-rated movie had ever made.

I don’t think movies geared towards kids and teens are ever given fair reviews. Please consider letting a teenager, preteen, or whomever the movie is geared towards, write the review.


hail2oldku 8 years, 8 months ago

I was about to make a snide comment then noted that Naomi is only 12 so I shall refrain.

grimpeur 8 years, 8 months ago

Dear Naomi,

While awaiting the kids' movie reviewer, you might check out another column written with the wisdom and sensibility of a 12-year-old: Cal Thomas appears weakly on the opinion page of the LJW.

denak 8 years, 8 months ago


You are right! Movie reviewers don't always look at a movie from the moviegoer's viewpoint. They look at things such as direction, lighting, acting, set design and other technical matters. I think they often forget that people sometimes go to the movies for no other reason then to see a "dumb" movie that they can relax and enjoy.

As for the issue of how teens and young children view movies vs how they critics (or adults) do, you are absolutely correct! I have children and I know from pass experience that what I think is a lousy movie, they will enjoy and vice versa.

Naomi, for a young lady of 12, you write very well. I don't know if your school has a newsletter or newspaper, but perhaps, you can go to the principal and ask to do a moview review column. That way, other students will have a peer review to go off of instead of a review by a movie critic.


Jimo 8 years, 8 months ago

There is a kernel of truth here but it is the opposite of the idea that adults are only interested in "serious" works. Adults love originality in any variety. Adults dislike such movies because they are usually predictable and derivative of other works. In short, we've seen this stuff a million times.

Kids, by nature, haven't had enough experience to be bored with this unoriginality. This is a core characteristic of every generation: the world is created anew for them, in their eyes.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 8 months ago

yay, naomi! way to get your point across very clearly. :)

ps: keep writing-- its good for you! :)

Maddy Griffin 8 years, 8 months ago

It makes me proud to see a young lady stand up for something she believes in. I think you are absolutely right. Denak is right, talk to your principal about maybe letting you review some of the "kids"movies in the monthly newsletter or school newspaper, You may have just found your calling. Your parents must be mighty proud!

BrianR 8 years, 8 months ago

"A critic is a man that knows the way but can't drive the car.” - Kenneth Tyan

Scott Drummond 8 years, 8 months ago

Good idea, Naomi. I suggest that you or one of your friends take Gramaddy's idea one step further and try to write a review of a current movie, send it in to the paper and see if they'll publish it? I bet they might give it a try.

KansasVoter 8 years, 8 months ago

Anybody can start their own blog here, right? Naomi should start a teen movie review blog. I'd read it, and I'm sure that a lot of other people would too. But if the Hannah Montana movie is anything like her television show, I fault the LJWorld for giving it two and a half stars. She is a horrible, horrible actress.

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