1950's Movie Reviews
Mrs. Church U.S. History 11
MOVIE REVIEW PROJECT!
Now that you have watched your movie, it is time to critique.
Requirements for FILM REVIEW: The 1950’s World
• Note: Write this review as if you were trying to convince
someone who has not seen the movie to either see it or avoid
it, and NO SPOILERS!!!
The review must address the 50’s era as its point of reference – 10pts.
These are things you need to include:
1. A title (headline for your review) – 5pts.
2. The names of the main actors and the names of their
characters (top 5 actors/characters) – 10pts.
3. A summary of the plot of the story (without giving away the
ending) - 10pts.
4. A theme (or moral) of this story and how relates to 1950’s realities – 10pts.
5. Give the “audience demographic” or who would like this
movie – 10pts.
6. Your opinion of the movie as a whole (include details you
thought were interesting or awful as well as how well it portrayed the era). – 10pts.
7. A score/rating system (other than “two thumbs up”) – 5pts.
8. Include a very short biography of yourself at the end – 10pts.
Extra credit – If you include a clever “pun” in the TITLE OF
YOUR REVIEW, I’ll give you an extra 5pts.
- If you decide to type it, I’ll throw in another extra 5pts.
9. Presentation: You will read your review aloud and if class wants to hear the end, you may present it then. – 20pts.
Total possible score (not including extra credit): 100 pts.
MOVIE REVIEW TEMPLATE
Note: DON’T FORGET that movie titles are written within “quotation marks!”
HEADLINE: Include the title of the movie (try to use a pun!)
PARAGRAPH #1: Introduce the movie by stating that you’ve just seen
this movie and would like to give an opinion about it. Mention a couple of
details that might help the audience understand what type of movie you are
PARAGRAPH #2: Summarize the plot (story). Where and when did
it take place? Who are the main characters? What is the story about?
Remember, do NOT include spoilers and do not tell how the story ends!
PARAGRAPH #3: Talk about the actors/actresses and discuss who did a
good job and who didn’t. Perhaps how they did or did not encompass the 1950’s.
PARAGRAPH #4: Talk about what you liked about the movie and what
you didn’t like. Be sure to include specific details and scenes and how the film related to the era.
PARAGRAPH #5: What lessons did you learn from this story (theme/
moral)? What do you think others will learn from it?
PARAGRAPH #6: What group of people would like this movie? Who
would you recommend it to? Who would you not recommend it to? What’s
the MPAA rating of the movie (G, PG, PG-13, R, etc…)? What is your final
word on the film: Is it good or bad?
RATING SYSTEM: Give the movie a score. You can do grades
(A,B,C,D,F+ or -), stars (*** out of *****), numbers (3 out of 5) or
something totally original… just don’t use “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.”
SHORT BIOGRAPHY: Explain who you are, what your school level
is (freshman, junior, etc.), your job (if you have one), sports you play and
interesting things you like to do. Talk about yourself in the “3rd person,”
that is; pretend someone else is writing the bio about you.