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I was originally a KIDS FIRST! client, as a producer of family friendly films.  I loved what I saw them do in having young people review our films, and I was so impressed with the kids' thoroughness and skill in reviewing films.  And I loved the media exposure Ranny and KIDS FIRST! got for our productions. When my twin girls came of age I knew I wanted them to go to KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot camp and learn the trade.  They loved it, made a  lot of great friends and had fun learning the discipline of viewing, reviewing and reporting on a film property.  I love the confidence they gained in critically thinking about a movie, all while improving their writing skills, and becoming more and more comfortable delivering their reviews via video.  Not a small task for a 10-year-old!  KIDS FIRST! truly gives them skills for a lifetime!! Susan F., Parent

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Cheyenne N. and Nick Cannon


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Steven Spielberg

Jolleen M. has been with KIDS FIRST! Film Critics for a year now and she is loving it! With KIDS FIRST!, Jolleen gets to do so many wonderful things that she has never done before. She has met a lot of new people, watched a lot of films, and she has improved in her writing as well as with her social interaction. Jolleen is very grateful to be a part of KIDS FIRST!
Maria M., Parent

Abigail Zoe L., Justin Timberlake at Trolls premiere

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Na'im S. with Sandy Kenyon, WABC Entertainment reporter

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interviewing Morgan Freeman

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Keefer B. interviewing Mel Brooks
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Are you a kid, age 9 to 18 who ...

  • Love, really love films?
  • Love talking about the latest films?
  • Envision yourself talking on the Red Carpet?
Take a look at what our film critics do...


KIDS FIRST! Film Critics are the best recognized youth reporters in the country.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics attend press screenings, red carpets and other press events surrounding the release of a new film, TV show, web series and similar. You can join our national team by taking our remote training program.

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Come back to learn about our 2020 Boot Camps

Adults: Join our KIDS FIRST! Adult Jury. To join...

1. Fill out our Volunteer Form here.
2. Then, read our juror's manual.
3. Then, send us a review of a current film, rated PG-13 or younger.

Kids: Too busy to join our Film Critics?
Join our Volunteer Jury! To join...

1. Fill out our Volunteer Form Here.
2. Read our tips on creating reviews.
3. Send us a review of a current film, rated PG-13 or younger.

For active KIDS FIRST Jurors, here are our Evaluation forms.
Evaluation forms are here.

Who are our Jurors?

Here are of current Adult Jurors.
Here are some of our KIDS FIRST Film Critics.




I wanted to give KIDS FIRST! a shout out, as it's been two years now that our daughter, Abigail Zoe Lewis has been a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. I remember Abigail first meeting with Ranny and how warm, excited and supportive she was to have Abigail as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic at 8-years-old. I remember the six week Boot Camp training course and how she personally helped each of the kids in our group have a voice, feel confident and feel that their voice mattered.

Two years later, we see tremendous growth in Abigail's reporting, particularly in being more articulate and poised. For Abigail, as a professional actress, this is something that we sincerely hoped for and your KIDS FIRST! training has been instrumental in helping Abigail achieve these goals in addition to becoming a seasoned junior reporter and film critic.

Some of the highlights – which are many - include amazing opportunities like interviewing numerous exceptionally talented people like Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Kevin Hart, Zoey Duschenel, Weird Al Yankovic, Bella Thorne and many other major and top entertainment talents. Traveling to British Columbia, Canada this year to go behind the scenes for the up and coming movie, Pup Star: 2Gether was AWESOME! Experiences like attending and at times walking red carpets (Zootopia, Shrek 3, Captain Underpants) and press junkets (Ratchet & Clank) have been exciting and often, being the only kid reporter among top reporters is pretty cool! Reviewing, reporting and being invited on the set of educational shows like Mack & Moxy and other important productions have made Abigail feel she has contributed educationally and positively to this world. It has also been really incredible to see Abigail's reviews published in the Huffington Post and other places. Opportunities to speak on the radio show has helped Abigail to think quickly on her feet, because you never know what question may be coming next! We also think being on social media with video reviews featured on KIDS FIRST! YouTube channel with thousands of followers offers Abigail and her team members a jump start and perhaps an edge in their future endeavors.

We are thrilled and honored that you have made possible Abigail's and your other kids' reviews to be featured and published across so many platforms. In fact, the reason Abigail was on Hallmark's Home & Family Show was specifically because of her reporting work for KIDS FIRST! It was great to see and hear Abigail not only be interviewed on the show but, after the taping of the show she personally had a 1:1 private interview with the guest host/reporter, Debbie Matenapoulus.

As any parent, we love when our child is happy and feel good with who they are. KIDS FIRST! has been like an extended family for us and has given Abigail something very special personally and professionally in her heart.

Thank you Ranny for all you do and for giving kids a voice in this world where kids' voices matter and can make a difference! Fondly, David Lewis, Parent

Why I put my child in KIDS FIRST!?  My son loves the art of filmmaking.  He used to watch me edit videos and he took a genuine interest. When he watches a movie or a show, he always had an opinion.  He also like being in front of the camera.  So when I saw they were going to do a KIDS FIRST! Boot Camp in NY, I signed him up.  What he got out of the boot camp was more confidence to be able voice what he did or didn't like about a film, DVD or anything.  He knew that even though he is young, he has a voice and that his opinion is important.  But KIDS FIRST! reinforced that idea.  He also writes more than he used to, thanks to the reviews he has to write, which is great.  After the boot camp was over, he decided to join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team. Since then, he has gone to many screenings, interviewed directors and producers from Disney, Warner and many more studios, has been interviewed online, reviewed movies and DVDs, and traveled to Indianapolis to cover an event there. All for KIDS FIRST!  So far, it's been a great experience for him. An experience he wishes to continue to grow and learn from and I get to enjoy seeing his growth. The KIDS FIRST! team have been a great source of support and mentorship to my son.  We love
KIDS FIRST! Cynthia R., Parent

More from Parents

Read more about what the KIDS FIRST! reporters and their parents say about their participation in our boot camps and as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

What is KIDS FIRST!?

KIDS FIRST! is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization founded in 1991 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.

Office Address:
KIDS FIRST! / Coalition for Quality Children's Media
112 W. San Francisco St., Suite 305A
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505.989.8076
email: [email protected]





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