Creating a Film Review Worksheet
In order to write a film review worksheet, you need to fill in this information about the film:
During the movie:
- Who are the main characters in the film? Mention the names of actors who played these characters.
- What does the movie tell about? Try to provide as many details as possible.
- What group of people may find the movie interesting?
After the movie:
- Did you like the film? Why or why not?
- How would you rate this movie?
- What spoilers can destroy the impression of the movie for viewers if you were to tell about it?
- What lessons did you derive from the movie?
- What title would your review have?
Movie review template
Mind: film titles are given within “quotation marks!”
The headline of your review must also contain a title of the movie (if it is possible, use a pun).
- Paragraph #1: Present the film by saying that you have just watched this film and would like to express your opinion about it. Provide a few details that would give the readers insight into the type of movie you are writing.
- Paragraph #2: Give a summary of the plot. Where and when does it take place? Who are the most important characters? What does the movie tell about? Keep in mind that you should not mention spoilers and tell the end of the movie. Discuss the excellence of the actors and who performed their roles remarkably and who did not.
- Paragraph #3: Discuss the strong and weak points of the movie. Do not forget to provide specific details and scenes. What lessons did you derive from this movie? What do others can derive from it?
- PARAGRAPH #4: What group of people may find the movie interesting? Whom would you recommend it? Whom would you not recommend it? How would do rate the movie basing on the MPAA rating system (G, PG, PG-13, R, etc…)? How does your final word on the movie sound? Is it good or bad? Provide the movie with a score using grades (A,B,C,D,F+ or -), stars (*** out of *****), numbers (3 out of 5), etc.
The most common movie review terms:
- Blurbs – When a review quote is mentioned in ads or commercials.
- Critic – A professional who critiques a certain book, film, etc. (i.g. – Roger Ebert, Pauline Kael, etc.)
- Mediocre – Satisfactory but not outstanding. (i.g. – “The movie was neither good nor bad, thus it was mediocre.”)
- Cliché – A phrase that is overused and thus, it does not sound surprising.
- Character Driven – When the characters in a fictional film/book transform into people the viewers feel strongly about.
- High-Concept – When the concept behind the movie is riveting enough to make people watch the film even though they are not very knowledgeable about the movie.
- Plot – What the story is about
- Hype – Applying miscellaneous techniques to evoke excitement about the story.
- Out of Context – When quotes appear haphazardly and are changed around which enables the words to acquire different meanings.
- Puns – A play with words.
- Editorial rights – When sending a review to a publication, the editor is entitled to give a title and cut things out of the review.
- Syndication – When the same article is issued in multiple publications.
- Rating system – When the critic applies a scale to give the degree of how much he/she recommends the film.
- Audience demographics – When the critic suggests that the movie should be watched or not only by a particular group of people.
- Critical bias – When the critic is not able to critique the movie objectively because of a personal problem which is somehow connected to the film.
- Spoilers – When a critic unleashes some information about the plot that can destroy the surprise for the viewers and make the movie appear less enjoyable.