Writing Reviews straight from the App?

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In the future, will we ever be able to write reviews on our iPhone through the app and not Safari or some other compatible mobile browser? Right now after I see a movie, sometimes I go straight to my iPhone write up a review in its stock "Notes App". After I would be done, I would then copy that review and paste it everywhere, including IMDB. To post it to IMDB, I would have to access the review section of a movie in the desktop version of the site while on my iPhone. Navigating a version of a site not meant for an iPhone isn't really that much of a pain, and all the buttons work, but being able to do that straight from the app would make it that much better.
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I don't have an answer but I feel EXACTLY the same way. Same with the message boards- I'm never in front of my PC when i watch a movie, and I do watch movies at friends houses, who may not have a PC. Sorry again I wish I had an answer, you're not the only one.
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You CAN on iOS (possibly android too!)in any of these 2 ways:

1. If you go to the IMDb website on safari and press the little box with the arrow on the film you want to write the review on it comes up with a pop up, scroll along till you find "Request Desktop Site" press that and now you have the desktop page instead of the mobile page, meaning you can write reviews!
2. (I think this is on android too) Download the Puffin Browser free app, when it asks you if you want to use the app as a mobile or a desktop browser choose desktop and go on IMDb through that and you can write your reviews through that

Oh and IMDb doesn't let you write reviews through their app
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He already knows this information you looney tune. His complaint is about not being able to write a review through the iPhone IMDb app. Thanks for telling us something we already know.
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With the Jaihooker's remarks in mind, I should hope that such a feature would not result in the publication of more reviews (than usual) that lack quality, given the chances that viewers would not take the time to reflect upon a work (as they might in transit from the auditorium/television screen to the desktop) before submitting a review.
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Yes, exactly my frustration. I've scanned the whole app for days, now doing via browser. Waiting for this feature to be implemented.
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It seems like the whole IMDb experience is, for the time being, predicated upon "customers" waiting for something. Join the club.
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You CAN on iOS (possibly android too!)in any of these 2 ways:

1. If you go to the IMDb website on safari and press the little box with the arrow on the film you want to write the review on it comes up with a pop up, scroll along till you find "Request Desktop Site" press that and now you have the desktop page instead of the mobile page, meaning you can write reviews!
2. (I think this is on android too) Download the Puffin Browser free app, when it asks you if you want to use the app as a mobile or a desktop browser choose desktop and go on IMDb through that and you can write your reviews through that

Oh and IMDb doesn't let you write reviews through their app
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You can't with android.
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Si Be, the OP, mentions this going to the website using the phones browser and is quite correct in saying how awkward this is when the functionality should be in the app.

Cmon get real and add review functionality to the app. Desktops are becoming a thing of the past in many households and more is being done on smartphones.

The lack of ability to review directly in the app must be seriously affecting the amount of reviews.
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Actually Si Be you left behind one more step. After you complete all these steps, scroll down to the bottom of the page and then choose "Show full imdb page" and then you can write reviews like on desktop. :)
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Yeah, I really don't see why they don't add this feature to the app... there's been a few times I've wanted to write a review, but since I can't do it through the app, I couldn't be bothered. Please fix this!
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Guarantee it all has something to do with friggin $$$!! Probably a contract the IMDb 'website' has with whoever. People love to write a review expressing their opinion on a movie / TV show, and people also love to just download an 'app' of a site they like so they can get right in by clicking on the app icon. It's faster than logging in manually using Google, etc. So because it would be absolutely simple to add the option to the IMDb app and it still hasn't been done, the only thing keeping that from happening has gotta be money reasons!! Nobody would ever go into IMDb site by searching the web and logging in, they (as I) would download the app if they haven't already and get right in that way. Causing the app to gain more downloads and use in general, making it more money overall. Desktop site would become nearly unused.
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Frustrating...  I'd like them to add this feature as well.  If we have to use our browser on our smartphones, what's the point of the APP?  I can just "bookmark" the website to my phone.
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You could legitimately surmise that the App was designed for browsing not posting/publishing.
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So, if we don't post how others gonna find results while browsing?
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Jeorj Euler

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There is plenty of content on the site to be browsed apart from our posts.
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I just wonder if anyone at "IMDB" even reads these comments...
Looks like to me, if the comments were being read & taken seriously..surely, after all of this time..someone would've responded and/or taken action to get this done!
There have been "m a n y times" I wanted to write reviews..but I never have been able to..
(btw..like many others here, I have not had a desktop in my home in years..& I hate that they did away with the notes section...js)
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I concur with JJB, but ultimately that's merely food for thought. Maybe there should be a feature of indicating through which mechanism every review was submitted, so that we can verify the conjectural distinction.
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Ridiculous.... a persons opinion of a movie would not change in the literal 5 extra seconds it would take to go on imdb through the internet app vs the mobile app... You are confusing this with the "sleep on it" expression that advises people not to write anything important immediately after an experience from which they are still emotionally charged. Sleeping on it would then obviously allow a person to write their thoughts in a more logical manner, since more than 24 hours worth of time, including a good night's sleep, would have passed and granted a neutral emotional state, as well as perspective.

Your post sounds just like any other dissenting comment that is written for the sake of being dissenting. This only succeeds in shedding some light on the character of the commenter, rather than on anything they are actually commenting about. There is no difference between what you wrote and what the older people would write in response to YOUR own comment.
They would go on about how only natural and honest thought could be attained by going and finding some good old fashioned pen and paper, then finding a desk to begin the process of writing it all out. Similarly, they would say that the almost immediate access granted by the internet (and those evil smart devices) would be the cause of all idiotic postings and conversation, because being able to quickly leave comments on the internet would somehow pervert the comment. When in reality, it is the person doing the commenting that is the cause of either something moronic being written versus something that would be, as you said, thoughtful, contemplated, delayed and reflective being written. Of course, there is nothing delayed about internet commenting, regardless if its accessed through a mobile app or an internet app .. or a smart phone or a laptop.

Comments like yours are common for those who want to blame ignorance, or even differing opinions, on tangible things, instead of on themselves. For example, the ridiculous idea that the difference between a person leaving an educated, inspired comment versus an illogical, absurd comment is based on the medium used, or the speed it takes to access that medium, that allows them to leave their comment.
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I agree I have used the desktop to write reviews and then when they started allowing reviews to be written from the app I have written the same kind of reviews from the app. It makes no difference which platform I use and actually with my iPhone or other hand device, I am able to look up other references that I need to look up while I am writing the review. It makes it a hell of a lot easier to use the app .

But as Jeorj suggests, if we have the ability to isolate all of the reviews written from within the app we could compare, and I will wager that there would be absolutely no difference in quality or lack of , The quality of reviews depends upon the user who makes them and if they are capable of writing decent, thoughtful, intelligent reviews or not. And it is not a function of the app to write the reviews for us.
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Hi, M v. Then use the "mobile app" instead (that is, visit actual site from the web browser app of a mobile device). It is better than the App anyway.
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I've done that, too. It was kind of hard to do it on an iPhone 5s with that tiny screen, but I got pretty good at it after a while, even though my eyesight suffered
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why cant we post reviews in app, and when will we be able to?.

When will we be able to post user reviews in-app? It is very inconvenient and rather annoying to have to go to an external or desktop browser to write a review on a film, considering the fact that myself and I'm sure 90% of IMDB users are on the app more anyway. When I finish watching something worth praising or dogging, I dont want the hassle of having to do backflips through a burning hoop to get my review up, especially when I'm at the theatre or driving really fast or at a funeral .... so on and so on.... Just give me what I want IMDB!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled User review.

It would be a good idea to allow people with a Android device to post User reviews. I was a film student many years ago and feel obligated to tell people what movies and shows to avoid (Moonlight) and ones they can't miss (Peaks Blinders). Since my phone is the only device I have . I would truly appreciate such a simple request being considered. Especially since alot of shows and films lack up to date reviews, and most people truly rely on the user reviews over pretentious film critics any day . Thanks
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Unable to write a users review on an Android & Apple app in UK.

Why can't I write a users review on an android and/or an apple device in the UK? I can view the users review section but can't create a review. I have done in the past off a PC using Internet explorer.. I check the (most unhelpful) help page (which I couldn't find within the Apple App so had to go through Safari).. I can rate a movie.. I'm using the latest app from Apple App Store and on my android I'm using the latest app from Google Play.. Incredibly frustrating (as is the most inherently unhelpful 'help' page!) shed any light?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I want to review the movie how is it possible.

I want to review the movie how is it possible
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How to make a user review.

Android. Can tead but not write a user review. Why not? Or, if it is possible, how?
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A quick update on this from https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/new-user-review-contribution-experience
Today (12th Dec) we are announcing an update to the User Review contribution experience for desktop users, an important step towards enabling iOS and Android mobile users to write and post reviews in the near future.
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You're seriously bending over backwards to accommodate these people at the expense of superior agendas?
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So when’s the app gna update his review feature? It’s 2018 mate. Get with the times
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There is plenty of time to "get with the times."
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This is getting ridiculous, at least don't call these reviews but "comments", I'm not sure IMDb users are looking for the kind of telegraphic stuff one would be able to write while quietly sitting on a toilet seat.
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Seriously what kind of review can you write from a phone??? Unless its THIS MOVIE ROXX or THIS MOVIE SUX How is it practical to write three elaborated sentences from a phone let alone a review?
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Sdk ElMaruecan, most of these App users are full of crap. They can actually easily write up a review in an offline text file on their smartphones while at the cinema place, and then copy it over to a system where a normal web browser is accommodated later, posting it to the site. Hell, they can probably use the web browser on their phones instead of using the o-so-inadequate App that they seem to hate so much. I guess, it is all about being the first to transmit an impression of a movie. More importantly, they are borderline harassing this forum, over a petty wish, and nobody appreciates that.
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That's exactly what I figured, I've been using Letterboxd for several days and while you can find many constructive reviews that could have been posted on IMDb, many of them go exactly like this one:

Shape of Water: Oh my f****** god that’s revolutionary I’m actually going to cry. 
And this review's getting many "likes".

This is paving the way to Twitter-like comments, and calling them reviews is an insult to reviewing, it takes time to review a film, it's like a mini-essay, it's an intellectual exercise that can't depend on the 'immediacy' of a smartphone action.
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It looks as though this GS topic is rather benign. I'm trying to remember not to confuse it with Kayleigh Jirkovsky's one, which is somewhat saucy.
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Actually I've made about three reviews since they added this feature. It's easier for me because I can just dictate what I want, and then edit it later. Sometimes we get a bug that we want to say about a certain movie or TV show and we want to put it down right now and we are not near our home PC, all we have is our smart phone or tablet. In the past I would put it all down in a note and then transfer it when I got home. Now, I can leave a review whenever I think about it. Why shouldn't I be able to leave a decent review from a smart phone? I am responding to these comments using my smart phone.
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Wait. Is there a GS app or are you just using the web browser available on your phone? One of my remarks was about such a matter. What convenience does a product-specific app provide over a general web browser? I not a negative thing, but I've failed and continue to fail to see the urgency of the matter.
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OP posted 5 years ago and still on Android this is a problem. Enhance the apps! A dumb Star rating with no context of the users experience is not meaningful.

And how did Amazon link me here? My bad, what is this site? Off IMDB , where I started. Uggg.. Jeff, your staff are making the internet suck.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Being able to write down reviews to the films in the iPhone App !!!.

“ NOT BEING ABLE TO WRITE DOWN YOUR REVIEWS IN THE IPHONE APP !!! “
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I've been using the IMDB App since it it's very first iOS version and I've been suggesting ADDING the ability to make reviews ever since. Then I became a beta tester for, and I suggest this EVERY time a new version comes out. And not just me. We've been asking for this since 2009.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled please add feature to write a review through Android app.

I watch lot of movies and want to contribute my reviews to every movie I watch. But there's no option available in the Android mobile app to add a review to any film. I just can read the available reviwes but can't add my own or rate one. I have to everytime open my laptop and visit the desktop site to add my review, which is not handy all the time.

I kindly request the development team, to add this feature to the Android app also.
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They only added the ability in the iOS version just a few weeks ago, if they did that then they are going to address the android issue soon, hang tight !
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Hi everyone - we've added the ability to add reviews via the iOS app. We'll provide an update here when we've enabled this on Android devices. 
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Yes you did, that's about the stupidest thing I've ever seen there's absolutely no reason to not support all the way down to iOS 8. Do you have to consider people that are stuck on lower operating systems
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Just checking on the status of this update for android devices? It's been 2 months since your original post, which seems like a long time to simply also release the update to android as well.
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M v, it not a matter of urgency. It may take a year. Thank you for understanding.
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M v, are you a member of the android beta program? You should join that if they have it and you'll be able to see all the progress they make with the app along those lines
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Hi there - writing reviews is available now on Android devices, too! Update to the newest version to get started!
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