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Movie Review Terms

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Blurbs
When a quote from a review is used in a commercial/advertisement
• (ex - "Better than the Matrix! I would see it again and again!")
Critic
A professional who publishes his opinion on a particular movie/play/book
• (ex - Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper, Leonard Maltin, Pauline Kael)
Mediocre
Competent but not especially outstanding
• (ex - "The film wasn't bad and it wasn't good either, it was just mediocre"
Cliché
Something that's been used so many times that it no longer surprises or interests the audience; overexposure
• (ex - In a scary movie, a black cat jumps out and scares the character, but the real danger is RIGHT BEHIND HIM/HER!)
Character Driven
When the characters in a fictional work develop over the course of the story into people you care about
• (ex - "Twilight" is about vampires, but more importantly, it's the relationship between the characters that makes us care about the story)
High-Concept
When the idea behind the story is interesting enough to get people to see the movie without knowing anything else about it
• (ex - A young clownfish gets kidnapped and put into an aquarium and it's up to his father and a misfit group of fish to save him {"Finding Nemo"})
Plot
What the story is about
• (ex - "Kung Fu Panda" is about a clumsy, overweight panda bear who dreams of becoming the ultimate kung fu warrior, etc... {note that a plot summary is about a paragraph long})
Hype
Using different techniques to get the audience excited about the story
• (ex - "Come see 'Coraline' in amazing 3-D! It's like nothing you've ever seen before!")
Out of Context
When quotes are mixed up and changed around to give the words a different meaning
• (ex - The commercial says: "Roger Ebert calls 'The Big Crazy Movie' BRILLIANT!"
• What Roger Ebert really said in his review was, "The Big Crazy movie could have been BRILLIANT if the acting wasn't so terrible."
Puns
A clever play on words
• (ex - "Waiting to Exhale" will take your breath away!)
• (ex - "Run to the theater to see "Running Scared!")
Editorial rights
When handing over a review to a publication, the editor has the power to create a title and cut things out of the review
• (ex - YOU WROTE: "This movie stunk." The editor changes it to: "This movie wasn't so good.")
Syndication
When the same article is published in more than one newspaper or publication.
• (ex - The Associated Press takes one article and sells it to 300 newspapers and 1000 websites across the country)
Ratings system
When the critic uses a scale to show the degree of how much they recommend the movie
• (ex - "thumbs up" or "four stars")
Audience demographics
When the critic recommends that only a certain group of people should see, or not see, the film
• (ex - "Kids will like 'Madagascar,' but adults will get bored."
Critical bias -
When the critic cannot review the film fairly due to a personal problem with something in the film
• (ex - I hated "Jaws" because I'm afraid of sharks.)
Spoilers
When a critic reveals secrets and plot points that could ruin the surprise for the audience and lessen their enjoyment of the movie.
• (ex - In the end of "The Big Crazy Movie," John the main character dies) Note: DON'T TELL SPOILERS!!!