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How to Write a Book, a Movie, or a Play Review

Teaching and learning how to write a book, a movie, or a play review is never easy. The following article will help you how to teach and how to learn writing a brief critique of a book, a movie, or a play, which will guide prospective readers, spectators, or theater goers.

A book, a movie, or a play review is a brief critique of a book, a movie, or a play. It is written to guide prospective readers, spectators, or theater goers.

In writing a book, a movie, or a play review, indicate the subject-the title, the author, and the publisher of the book; the title, the playwright, the director, and the producer of the movie; and the title, the playwright, the director, and the producer of the play. Include earlier works of the author and the publisher of the book; the playwright, the director, and the producer of the movie, or the playwright, the director, and the producer play.

State when and where the book was published, when and where the movie was produced, or when and where the play was performed. Include historical background to enable prospective readers, spectators, or theater goers to place the book, the movie, or the play into a specific context.

State who are the main characters in the book, the movie, or the play and who acted them, if any. Include the best character or characters and his, her, or their best line or lines.

Briefly review the story line. Include the best part or parts and the best quotation or quotations of the book, the movie, or the play, but do not reveal the ending.

Describe the general problem that the book, the movie, or the play addresses. Is it instructive, entertaining, interesting, or memorable? Why? Why not?

Respond to the author’s or playwright’s opinions. What do you agree to? And why? What do you disagree to? And why? Relate your arguments with other books, movies, or plays.

Explore social issues that the book, the movie, or the play raises. What possibilities do the book, the movie, or the play suggests? Explain. What matter does the book, the movie, or the play leave out? Explain.

Relate the book, the movie, or the play to larger social issues. How did the book, the movie, or the play affects you? How is the book, the movie, or the play related to your own personal agenda?

Conclude with a direct comment on the book, the movie, or the play. Did the author and the publishers of the book; the playwright, the director, the producer, and the actors of the movie; and the playwright, the director, the producer, and the actors of the play do a good job? Why? Why not? How could the book, the movie, or the play be improved?

Offer an advice to prospective readers, spectators, or theater goers and rate the book, the movie, or the play using the scale of 1-5 stars: – poor, – fair, – good, – very good, – excellent.

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6 Responses to “How to Write a Book, a Movie, or a Play Review”
  • Jenece Conley
    April 29th, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I like it

  • Alixander Haban Escote
    June 4th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Jenece, thank you for reading my article. Cheers!

  • Marian Denise Glipo Basallote
    July 2nd, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Sir, with your article, I surely learned a lot of things about the proper way of writing a book, movie or play review. A movie, book or play review gives one an idea about the real essence of a movie, book or play.

    I usually encounter movie reviews on the internet. I like reading such reviews for they make me understand what a certain movie is all about.

  • Zatia Denise Danao Gammad
    July 6th, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Movie and book reviews have always cut my time in getting the gist of the story. I know that there are compilations of book or movie reviews being sold at a pretty penny. Now I know why. It is really not that easy.

    This post will serve as my guide in writing reviews. Now I know how to make one just like other professionals. Thank you for the big help!

  • Jose Mari Hall Lanuza
    February 22nd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Sir, with this how-to-do article of yours, I am sure that the task of writing the play review that you require us will be easier. It is really challenging for me to write such reviews, simply because I do not watch a lot of plays or movies. I do not know what to expect of them. But with this guide, I am sure that I am learning the ropes of writing reviews.

  • Dale Washington Irving
    December 14th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Very helpful. Hoorah!

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