THE BILLSON FILM DATABASE, an ebook comprising my short reviews of more than 4000 films, is on sale at for £3.12, which is a snip for over 500,000 words. Available in mobi (Kindle) format. To be whisked as if by magic to the website, please click on one of the pics above.

The BILLSON FILM DATABASE is also available to download in  mobi (Kindle) format from the following amazons:

The USA!


The BILLSON FILM DATABASE is also available from in mobi, epub and pdf formats.)



What they said about the BILLSON FILM DATABASE on Twitter and Facebook:


“Get @AnneBillson‘s BILLSON FILM DATABASE ebook then come to Twitter. You’ll sound like you know a thing or two.”

“Best personal guide since Halliwell”

“Hours of fun – that’s exactly what it is. I keep looking up a review, then getting totally sidetracked till I come away half an hour later cackling like an eejit.”

“This is a marvellous collection of reviews… Buy, buy, buy!”

“The best critic in the world? Meet Anne Billson…”

“You all really need to throw a dollar at @AnneBillson‘s brilliant eBook compilation of reviews. You won’t regret it.”


Here’s the blurb:

Anne Billson has collected short reviews of over 4000 films into one ebook. You won’t find reviews of every film ever made, or of the latest blockbuster, but you will have fun browsing (and perhaps disagreeing with) the personal and often unorthodox opinions of a widely published and respected film writer. Find out which films made her laugh, which made her cry, and which have cats in them!

And this is from the introduction:

This is my personal film database consisting of more than 4100 short film reviews. Most of these were written for the TV pages of the Sunday Telegraph between 2002 and the present day, though a few reviews from other publications have crept in too. Style, content and length of each review have been dictated by editorial requirements, space restrictions, print deadlines, changing layouts, and the vagaries of television scheduling, hence apparent eccentricities such as Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid getting twice as much space as Citizen Kane.

Since these reviews were written to tie in with broadcasts on British television, you will not find reviews of every film ever made. For the same reason, you won’t find reviews of the most recent releases. The reviews are not aimed at film buffs, but at the literate but non-specialist readership of a national newspaper – and read by all ages, hence the occasional gentle caution about language, sex or gore.

I have also (against my better judgement) introduced a star ratings system, as well as supplementary symbols denoting personal favourites, preposterous tosh, films that made me cry, soundtracks to which I am partial, and Major Cat Movies.


What are my credentials? I have been reviewing films professionally since 1982. Over the years, I have been a regular film critic for Time Out, Monthly Film Bulletin, City LimitsToday, Tatler, the Sunday Correspondent, New Statesman & Society and the Sunday Telegraph.

I have written extensively about film for The Times, the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Guardian, the Telegraph, Just Seventeen and Sky, and have contributed to British radio and television arts programmes, and to Sky TV’s programme Talking Movies.

I have had several film books published, including My Name is Michael Caine (a biography of Michael Caine), The Thing (a monograph on John Carpenter’s 1982 film in the BFI Modern Classics series), and Let the Right One In (a monograph from Auteur Publishing, about Tomas Alfredson’s film of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel of the same name).

And I have done lots of other things besides; here is a more extensive CV.



If you’re not already familiar with my film writing, here are some opinions of it. (NB: I am not related to any of these people, nor did I bribe them, though naturally I am now convinced they all have impeccable taste.)

Nicholas Lezard of the Guardian wrote a review of my 2009 book of film writing, Spoilers: “She’s on the ball, and funny with it.” Here’s a link to the full review.

Ian Freer in Empire magazine called my monograph on the Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In, “a fun, stimulating exploration of a modern masterpiece.”

K.A.. Laity wrote on Smashwords: “I recall getting Billson’s BFI volume on Carpenter’s The Thing. It was a damn good thing I was going to Ealing Broadway (end of the line) because I never looked up from the pages until I realised the train had stopped. Accessible, entertaining and insightful: while I may not always agree I find much to provoke further discussion and — you never know — maybe change my opinion.”

Steve Lambley wrote on Smashwords: “Perfect to be able to carry Anne’s words around with me – she’s sharp and irreverent … challenging my own preconceptions has never be so much fun! Roll on collections from 2010 and 2011 … and on and on in pastures new. Buy, buy, buy!”

Steve Lambley wrote, again, on Smashwords: “Another volume of thought and snorts-of-laughter (not one of my most attractive qualities) provoking writing from Ms Billson. A 5-minute dip invariably lasts half an hour. More more more (how do I like it, how do I like it …)”

John Atkinson wrote on Smashwords: “Anne Billson is simply one of the best film critics around. No-one else has the same combination of knowledge, wit and style. If you’ve never read her before, this may well be the best 99 cents you’ll ever spend.”

Mark Kermode, broadcaster and film critic of The Observer, very kindly named me as one of his favourite film critics, and I got a favourable mention from Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian.

In 2015, I was named one of 25 Female Film Critics Worth Celebrating on the BFI’s website.

The BILLSON FILM DATABASE. You know it makes sense! (Warning: use only as directed.)




  1. I bought the Kindle version too, despite the fact that Smashwords gives you all the versions! Great stuff and a bargain.


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