Tips for Writing Great Reviews

A great movie review should entertain, persuade and inform, providing an original opinion without giving away too much of the plot. A great movie review can be a work of art in its own right. Read on ...

1. Start with a compelling fact or opinion on the movie. You want to get the reader hooked immediately. Don't leave the reader guessing whether you like the movie or not. Let them know early on, so that you can spend the rest of the time "proving" your rating.

2. Go beyond the obvious plot analysis. Plot is just one piece of a movie, and shouldn't dictate your entire review. Other things to focus on include: Acting, Music and Sound, Costumes, Cinematography and even Production gaffes!

3. Bring your review full-circle in the ending. Give the review some closure, usually by trying back to your opening fact. Remember, people read reviews to decide whether or not they should watch a movie. End on a sentence that tells them.
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