Reviews Appendix H: Rubric for Film Reviews

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EXCELLENT

GOOD

FAIR

POOR

 

Polished and professional, this review is ready for publication and does the following:

 

Offers critical but fair analysis of key features of the film

 

Puts forward a convincing, firm, developed point of view

 

Works in an engaging theme and/or the story of the film, its director or actors.

 

Employs an interesting hook, a developed body, and a fresh wrap-up

 

Uses show-not-tell, multi-sensory writing to support all claims; no clichés

 

Shows strong control of syntax, diction and voice, with few errors in conventions of written English

 

Continually engages readers with extra touches

 

 

Strong stuff. This review does most or all of the following:

 

Offers critical but fair analysis of the film’s key features

 

Puts forward a largely convincing, generally well-developed POV

 

Works in an engaging theme and/or story, although to a lesser degree than a better review

 

Generally uses show-not-tell writing to support all claims; few clichés

 

Includes a clear hook, body and wrap-up

 

Shows control of syntax, diction and voice, with few errors in the conventions of written English

 

Often engages readers with extra touches.  

 

Promising effort that generally complies with requirements, but not ready for  publishing. This review does most or all of the following:

 

Offers analysis of the film’s key features; fairness may not always be convincing

 

May work in a theme and/or story but to a lesser degree than a better review

 

May only minimally use show-not-tell writing claims; more clichés

 

Includes a  hook, body and wrap-up

 

May show unstable control of syntax, diction and voice; errors in conventions of written English may be more apparent

 

Offers few extra touches

 

 

This review may have some strong elements, but the overall impression is substandard. This review does most or all of the following:

 

May show some analysis of the film’s key features, but evaluation may be noticeably unconvincing or unfair in spots.

 

Works in at best a vague awareness of theme or story

 

More telling than showing to support claims; multiple clichés

 

Structure (hook, body, wrap-up) of piece is unclear;

 

Little or sporadic control of syntax, diction and voice; errors in conventions of written English are more apparent

 

Writing likely is flat and uncompelling

 

 

 


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