Film Music Review
The Sammy awards








Providing Reviews and Resources


Film Scores and Songs


Founder and Managing Editor:

Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


Feature Presentation

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Latest News NEW!

Film Music Publications on multimedia DVDs

Film Music Memorial Tributes

Film Composer Tributes

Film Anniversary Tributes

Movie Songwriter Anniversaries

Favorite Film Music Poll

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

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"As Time Goes By" - Guide to Film Music (AMRE No. 1)

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Film Music Masters - Fifteen Film Composers (AMRE No. 10)

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The Managing Editor and Contributing Writers are all members of the...


IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association




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Main Title:
Film Music Review (FMR) has provided hundreds of reviews of CDs, DVDs, and Books. Though the emphasis has been on film scores there have been movie songwriter tributes and songtrack reviews as well.

Online Production:
Film Music Review is available exclusively on American Music and is now one of the longest-running Online e-zines focused on vintage film scores and songs.

Managing Editor:
Film Music Review was first produced by Roger L. Hall in 1998 on a different site. It was moved here in 2006 and he has been Managing Editor since it began.
He is an author, film historian, composer, and member of the International Film Music Critics Association.

The Reviewers:
These are the FMR critics: Roger L. Hall, Steven A. Kennedy, and Steve Vertlieb.
Occasional guest writers have also contributed reviews or articles, such as the late Jeffrey Dane.

The Contents:
Over the years, FMR has been a respected resource for film music reviews and news.
The focus of this e-zine is on the preservation of film scores from the past, devoted mainly to older soundtrack reissues, re-recordings and other preservation efforts. New film scores are also reviewed but are not the main concern of this e-zine. Each year the Best Film Music Recordings are listed. Also, the annual Sammy Film Music Awards (SFMA) are chosen each year for best film soundtracks, songs and other categories, including occasionally the most overrated score of the year.
These awards are named after the late great movie lyricist, Sammy Cahn, and
are now the longest-running awards chosen exclusively for film music recordings.












Latest News and Reviews - 2017



CASABLANCA - Classic Film Score and Song (75th annivrsary tribute)





The War of the Worlds - Radio Program and Film Score


Critics Picks: Music for Halloween - Devilish Delights
by Steven A. Kennedy, Roger Hall, Steve Vertlieb




Tribute Article: Elmer Bernstein's ROBOT MONSTER
by Roger Hall


Special Merit  

CD Review: BEN-HUR - World Premiere Digital Recording of the Complete Film Score (2 CDs)
by Roger Hall


Tribute Article: Memories of Henry Mancini
and 50th anniversary of his favorite song
by Roger Hall




Product Details

music by Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch, Lorne Balfe

by Roger Hall


Special Merit  


CD Review: DUEL IN THE SUN (Prometheus Records - 2 CDs)
by Roger Hall


CD Review: The Ultimate Collection (4 CD Box Set)
by Roger Hall


Blu-ray Review: THE RUSSIA HOUSE with Jerry Goldsmith Isolated Score Track
by Roger Hall


by Roger Hall


Tribute Article: David Amram: Cinema's Elusive Musical Poet
by Steve Vertlieb




The 29th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards have been announced!

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International Film Music Critics Association Award Winners for 2016 -- click here




Here are the 2016 Soundtrack Awards
from International Film Music Critics Association member, Alan Rogers,
click here








Four multimedia DVDs available exclusively from PineTree Productions...


"As Time Goes By" - A Guide to Film Music
(6th edition - with past reviews and tributes from Film Music Review)



Memorable Movie Music - A Remembrance by Roger L. Hall



Music Masters: Fifteen film Composers (reviews and tributes from Film Music Review)




OBSESSION - A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann






From The Editor

Why is film music from the past getting neglected?

To read all the editorials - click here








Memorial Tributes


Singin' in the Rain (1952 Film Soundtrack) (Deluxe Edition)

SINGING IN THE RAIN - A Fond Memorial Tribute to Debbie Reynolds



"All The Way" - A Tribute to Frank Sinatra in Hollywood
by Roger Hall


A Ray Bradbury Remembrance
by Steve Vertlieb



In Memory of James Horner
by Roger Hall


Film Composer Tributes


Elmer Bernstein




Jerry Goldsmith



Bernard Herrmann




David Raksin



Miklos Rozsa






A Centenary Celebration

Franz Waxman




John Williams


















Film Anniversary Tributes








75th anniversary

1941: CITIZEN KANE and



70th anniversary

1946: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dimitri Tiomkin)


60th Anniversary

1952: Dimitri Tiomkin and HIGH NOON




50th Anniversary

1962: Elmer Bernstein and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD



50th Anniversary

1960: Bernard Herrmann and PSYCHO




50th Anniversary

1959: THE TWILIGHT ZONE Revisited







Movie Songwriter Anniversaries


"High Hopes"
A Centennial Tribute to Sammy Cahn





"River Of No Return"
A Centennial Tribute to Ken Darby





"I Hear Music"
A Centennial Tribute to Frank Loesser




"Acent-tchu-ate The Positive"
Johnny Mercer in Hollywood



Movie Song Tributes

Centennial of Irving Berlin's song hit

"Alexander's Ragtime Band"



50th anniversary of the
Oscar-winning song and score

"Moon River" - Memories of Henry Mancini




The 29th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards

These awards have been announced -- CLICK HERE


To see the complete list of the past Sammy Film Music Awards (SFMA)






Favorite Film Music Poll




100 Essential Film Scores






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