Listen to a conversation between a student and his professor.
This is not what I had in mind when I assigned a film review.
No. What you wrote is a synopsis, a detailed summary of the movie, but it’s not a review.
It’s not? I guess I’m a little confused ‘cause...isn’t that what a film review does? You know, describe the film?
Sure. In part. But a good review has to do more. But this is probably not your fault.
I’m starting to think that I should have explained the assignment better because...well...I got a lot of summaries and very few reviews.
So it wasn’t only me.
Hardly. I just assumed that everyone would know what to do.
So...um...what else is a review supposed to do?
Well, it should also analyze the film, discuss its strengths and weaknesses, maybe compare it to other movies, even mention why the reviewer did or didn’t like it.
You mean it should have been more personal?
For starters, or maybe subjective is a better word than personal, yes, it should have been more subjective.
Maybe I could rewrite it?
Well, I don’t know about rewriting it, too many people seemed to have missed the point.