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Film Review – Doctor Who:The Runaway Bride March 10, 2007

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC Year 08 English 2007.


Our next task in class will be to write a Film Review. This film review will be on the episode of ‘Doctor Who’ we watched in class yesterday.

You’ll need some information on the people who made the episode, which can be found here:

The writer was Russell T. Davies and the director was Euros Lyn. All the other important details should be on the Fact Sheet.

You can find another review here: (
Sfx Review

Some quotes here (scroll down to the bottom): Wikiquote

And some more details here: Wikipedia Entry

Following the steps below will help you do the best you can.

Firstly, answer these questions on your blog:

• What are you reviewing? What is it about? What’s the plot?

• What is the director’s purpose? Is it to entertain or to educate?

• What genre does it fit?

• What is the tone? (Is it funny or scary?)

When and Where questions

• When was it made? Or when does the action take place?

• Where was this done? Or where does the action take place?

Who questions

• Who wrote it, directed it, or acted in it? What else have they done?

• Who are the main characters?

• Who’s the intended audience?

• Who has said what about this? Why?

How questions

• How does it convey its tone? Is it successful in making the audience feel a certain way?

• How well does it fulfill its purpose?

Evaluation questions

• Did I like this in general? Why?

• What specifically did I like/dislike? Why?

• Did the writer/actors/director do a good job? Why or why not?

• How could it be improved? Why would particular changes help?

Now you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to start writing your review. Look at the structure below to see how you should go about doing this.

1. Title – choose one that is catchy. A title can indicate if review will be positive or negative and you can try playing with words to make it funny or different

2. Paragraph 1 – Opening paragraph – can start to summarise film and give early suggestions about your general view of it (positive/negative)

3. Paragraph 2 – Start or continue summary of film, don’t give details about the ending or else no one will go and see the film!!

4. Paragraph 3 – positive things you thought about the film, what did you like? Why? Use descriptive words, think about the story, setting, effects used, music used

5. Paragraph 4 – negative things you thought about the film, what didn’t you like? Why? Comment on the same type of things that you mentioned in paragraphs 3 and 4

6. Paragraph 5 – Characterization – talk about the characters, did you like them? Did the actors play them well? What was it about their portrayal that you liked or didn’t like? Other impressions of the characters, will certain audience members be able to relate to certain characters? How? Will certain audience members not like certain characters? Why not?

7. Paragraph 6 – Final comments – general comments that summarize your view of the film, you may want to say something inspiring to get the reader to want to go out and see the film or you might say something that would want them not to go and see it! After the paragraph you would give it a star rating out of 5 to indicate your rating for it.

Common words and phrases used in film reviews that you might want to use in your own reviews;

spectacular visual effects, excessive violence, breathtaking, evocative, mood, atmosphere, poorly, unsuccessful, detail, scenery, irresistible, perfect, moments, plot, this movie has been compared to ____ because, wonderful, hilarious, momentum, unexpected plot twists, unbelievable, phenomenal, hype, suspense, disappointing, confusion/confused, fake, imitation, genre, unoriginal, typical, thrilled, was a very moving portrayal, quality of the film, I was impressed by, credible, cliché, a mixture of, classic, captivating

For more details on how to write a good film review, you can look here:




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