Enter for an Opportunity of a Lifetime





How To Enter

1. Watch one of the official Film Critics Search films.
2. Submit a written and videotaped review.
3. Get Votes! Tell your friends and family to vote for you. Public voting determines 5 out of 6 finalists in each age group. Spread the word to your peeps!
4. Winners will be announced on or around January 30, 2012.

Guidelines for Entering
writeSubmit your written review
Tips for Creating Reviews

Official Search Titles

Happy Feet
(Ages 5-12)

Judy Moody & the Not Bummer Summer
(ages 7-12)

GLEE, Season 2

(Ages 12-15)

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
(Ages 5-12)

Barbie: A Perfect Christmas
(ages 5-8)

Official Rules


Click through to see bios.

Thelma Adams
Mark Cuban
Ben Lyons
George Pennacchio

Judges for 2012 search are Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters and Magnolia Pictures, Ben Lyons, E! film critic and frequent contributor to ‘Good Morning America,’ and Thelma Adams, whose debut novel Playdate, was an O Magazine pick, was the film critic at Us Weekly for 11 years following six years at the New York Post.

As One of 8 Official
KIDS FIRST! Film Critics

Contest Open to All Kids Ages 6 - 14

Starts: October 25, 2011
Ends: Midnight, December 31, 2011


Imagine: The Red Carpet, meeting and interviewing famous celebrities & you at the other end of a microphone talking with them about their latest movie!

Meet our 2010 Winners

Listen to what they have to say about their year as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic



Why Do You Want Your Child Involved?

We don't expect everyone who enters to pursue a career as a film critic. But, the skills the child learns simply by entering the campaign are useful. And, the winners are coached by leading professionals who help them develop skills that will last them a lifetime. On top of that, it's a blast! They get to see all the new film and DVD releases, meet celebrities and industry professionals and more...

Involve the kids at your school, library, community center, film center.

Contact our office for help and to receive a free DVD of one of the official search titles. (Supplies are limited. Offer is only open to nonprofit organizations.)

What Our 2011 Critics Have to Say

"This has been a wonderful experience for me, I've been able to do so many awesome things, and see so many awesome movies, I just hate to see my time end as a film critic." Sam Connan (13)


Thanks to our Industry supporters, including Amazon.com, Feature Films for Families, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, WonderWorld Entertainment and Warner Home Video



Supporting Organizations

This campaign is supported by a group of national advocacy organizations whose combined membership is more than 17 million including: National Coalition of Women's Organizations, National Education Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Reel Fathers, and others.


KIDS FIRST! Film Criticss Search is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, 20-year-old, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization that is a voluntary collaboration between the media industry, educators and child advocacy organizations. The mission of the Coalition is: 1) To teach children to become critical media users and; 2) To increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media.


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