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My contribution (#181025-225142-436004) has been declined.

My question is: is this because of any use of profanity or strong words (which I could change so it gets approved), or is it because of the wording in general, which I admit it's aggressive (although I judge it to be an appropriate response to the way the subject is dealt with on the film - after all, it is a propaganda film)?

I hope it's not because the editors disagree with my personal political and philosophical views, as exposed on my review.

If we can't get political when reviewing a movie made precisely to push a particular political point-of-view, then I suppose the whole idea of reviewing movies loses its merit.

Thank you in advance for providing me an explanation.
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Hi brenobacci -

If your review was not accepted, it's because the content didn't conform with our User Review Guidelines, specifically concerning including personal opinions on real life events or subject matter on which a film is based.  Please review our guidelines, you are then welcome to adjust your review as needed and resubmit for our editors to take another look: https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/contribution-information/user-review-guidelines/GABTWSNLD...

Cheers!
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Thank you for the quick response.

However, I find this all too confusing. How come I cannot express my "personal opinion on real life events or subject matter on which a film is based"? I have done that on my past reviews, and they were all approved right away. Besides, aren't reviews exactly that - my personal opinion about movies?

I understand there's a difference between expressing my opinion about a movie and expressing my opinion about its subject matter or real life events on which it was based. But like I said, my own approved reviews and hundreds of those of other members do exactly that, oftentimes more blatantly so and with a lot less care about inflammatory remarks (or textual coherence, proper grammar and orthography, but that's besides the point).

Looking back at some of IMDb's oldest reviews, one can often distinguish the date when it was posted based only on the political climate animating one reviewer's opinions about the movie being reviewed and its subject matter. Why would it not be OK now? What changed? Furthermore, the movie, "Red Nightmare", is a propaganda piece made by the military to prop up the "red scare" - and this is historical fact, not my opinion. How can I possibly review it without any mention to my personal political feelings about the subject matter?

I suppose it would be more helpful if the editors who declined my contribution could be more specific, regarding exactly what part of my review was "too much" for them to handle. Like I said, I admit some parts could have been omitted or written on a less forceful way - I just want to know which ones.

I don't feel like playing a guessing game with editors just to get a review approved. It's much easier to just post it to Facebook, with an accompanying note to reflect IMDb's unusual censorship.

Cheers,
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By the way, I did review the guidelines, both long before I ever posted my first review, and now, after this last one had been declined. I wouldn't have posted any contribution to this site if I hadn't. I care a lot about everything I write online, and that's why I use my real name and photo everywhere.
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Further to my point, check this review. This is allowed, and my review is not. You guys are showing your true colors.

https://www.imdb.com/review/rw1749830/?ref_=rw_urv
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Well, that review was probably screened by different people from the ones doing the screening now. Believe it or not, IMDb undergoes staffing changes, over time.
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It's certainly a guessing game.  One would think that it wouldn't be too much to ask for IMDb to highlight the objectionable parts of rejected reviews, especially if it's specific words or a phrase.  Although from the what you say it seems that in this case it's that your review was "too" political.  I had a review recently rejected for what I assume are similar reasons, although I believe this encouraged me to write an approved review that I think is better written, so it worked out in that case.