What is it?

Review text is actually opinion about events or art works. It presents critical analysis on the art work, film, book, song, exhibition, etc. for readers or public audiences.

Social Function

The social function certainly goes along with its definition that is to criticize or evaluate an art work or event for a public audience.

Generic Structure

1. Orientation
It contains the background information on the text.

2. Interpretative Recount
In presents the summary of the art work (including the characters and the plot).

3. Evaluation
It is the concluding statement about the art work: judgment, opinion or recommendation.

4. Evaluative Summation
It is the last opinion which contains the appraisal or punch line of the art work being reviewed.

Language Features

1. Focusing on specific participants
2. Using compound and complex sentences
3. Using adjectives/phrases of appraisal e.g.: bad, good, etc .
4. Using metaphorical expressions

Review Text Examples

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
  2. Hitler Was a British Agent
  3. Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom
  4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  5. Gone with the Wind
  6. The Godfather
  7. The Dark Knight
  8. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  9. 2012
  10. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never