A movie review is important as it provides the potential viewer with the necessary information to decide if she/he wants to watch the movie or not. It provides the reader with an idea (and sometimes spoilers) about the movie. It also gives us insights about what the professionals (acclaimed reviewers or journalists) and also the common people feel about the film. Most importantly, it provide people with a common point of discussion and brings together new conversations.

This creative writing challenge is a printable activity to help children learn how to express their feelings and thoughts about movies.

Let's go to the movies!

Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours (excluding movie time)/On-going, Items Needed: Writing pencils

In this activity, your child will learn about how to review movies, the different movie genres and how to think about what they watch more critically. They will write their own movie reviews!

It will help your child or student:

  • Learn more about the general qualities and aspects of a movie and those which are important to reviewers and review readers.
  • Learn how to breakdown their thoughts and feelings about a complex work of art i.e. a film. They will also learn how to express this through writing.
  • Develop a keener awareness of the rich diversity in the film industry.

Let's start!

How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and find out more about what it's like to be a movie reviewer. Here's an interesting video with great tips about how to review movies from renowned film critic A.O. Scott from the New York Times.  
  • Get started on the printable!

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What's in the Printable Pack

This printable pack consists of 1 printable basic movie review worksheet. The purpose of this activity is to get your students and kids to have express and have conversations about their thoughts and and feelings through movies.

The best way to use this printable worksheet is by organising a movie screening or to get your class to agree to watch a specific movie before a specified date. Then get them to prepare the document before coming to class. Things to discuss:

  • Movie genres - what defines them and examples.
  • The role of the director.
  • The basic plot of the movie.
  • Characters in the movies and what the students think about them.
  • Scenes that were important to the students.
  • Their thoughts and feelings about the movie (using the set of terms available in the sheet)

Let the movie marathon begin!

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