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About Dustin Putman and the "Files"


My name is Dustin Putman, and I'm a film critic from the Washington, DC area. I am an alumnus of American University where I majored in Visual Media & Literature. At about the age of 8 or 9, I began rating movies, just for the fun of it. In my teens, I began writing actual reviews for every movie I would see. This hobby became my passion, and my life as an internet film critic took off.

In the late 1990s, I was accepted by the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) as a charter member and, not long after, my first professional website was launched. As my readership grew, I was soon invited to join the Washington Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) and currently serve among its leadership committee. My website underwent a few design and name changes along the way (including TheMovieBoy.com and DustinPutman.com), finally transforming into the current 3-branched network (TheFilmFile • TheFrightFile • TheBluFile) that you see before you.

In the fall of 2013, my fascination with the horror genre led me to publish my first book, The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween.

As of January 2015, I have published nearly 3,000 full length reviews and have been quoted in print advertising, magazine articles, on DVD/Blu-ray covers, and in television commercials.
Member: The Online Film Critics Society

Member: Washington Area Film Critics Association

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Rating Equivalents
    Since everyone seems to do it differently these days, I thought I'd give a simple overview of the way I rate movies — using the tried and true 4-star scale. Still, star ratings can mean different things to different critics, so below is a comparison chart for MY star ratings and their rough equivalents to other rating methods with which you're probably familiar.
    My Star Rating Grade Thumb Tomato
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    A
    B
    B
    C
    D
    D
    F
    F

Film Philosophies
  • Any movie can be great.
  • Always go into a movie with an open mind, and with no preconceived notions.
  • It's unprofessional to prejudge a film because of the way you might personally feel about an actor or director.
  • It's unfair to assume that a movie of a certain genre can't be any good, or will automatically be good.
  • A terrific trailer can be made from an awful film.
  • An awful trailer can be made from a terrific film.

  • Oh, and...

  • Babies should never be allowed into movie theaters.