To critique or evaluate an art work or event for a public audience

Examples: work of arts include: movies, TV shows, books, plays, operas, recordings, exhibitions, concerts and ballets

Generic Structure:

– Orientation:

Place the work in its general and particular context, often by comparing it with others of its kind or
through analogue with a non-art object or event.

– Interpretive Recount

Summarizes the plot and/or provides an account of how the reviewed rendition of the work came into
being; is optional, but if present, often recursive.

– Evaluation (It can be more than one evaluation)

provides an evaluation of the work and/or its performance or production; is usually recursive

– Evaluative summation (Summary)

provides a kind of punch line which sums up the reviewer’s opinion of the art event as a whole; is

Language features:

  • Focus on Particular Participants (Participant tertentu)
  • Direct expression of options through use of Attitudinal Epithets in nominal groups; qualitative Attributes and Affective Mental Processes
  • Use Adjectives showing attitude, e.g.: good, bad, etc.
  • Use of long and complex clauses
  • Use of metaphorical language (e.g., the wit was there, dexterously pingponged to and fro …)

The example of Review Text:

Get Married 

Illustrating the current situation happening in Indonesia, Get Married presents the figures of  unemployment. A few big-name celebrities show up in cameo roles. The movie tells about a true friendship of four youngsters Mae (Nirina Zubir), Guntoro (Desta ‘Club Eighties’), Eman (Aming), dan Beni (Ringgo Agus Rahman) who judge themselves as the most frustrated people in Indonesia. Soon, they turn out to be street kids and spend most of their times at street, bullying people who pass by.


Suddenly, it comes to a moment when Mae is persuaded to grant her parents’ wish to have a grandchild. Mae’s parents, (Meriam Bellina dan Jaja Mihardja) firmly state that Mae must get married in a little while. Soon, they are busy finding candidates who would marry their only  daughter. However, along the process of finding the right one for Mae, the three male friends of  Mae turn out to be brutal evaluators for the candidates. In the mean time, Mae falls badly in love  with Rendy (Richard Kevin), a rich, handsome and kind-hearted man. Unfortunately Rendy, Mae, Guntoro, Eman, Beni are brought into a misunderstanding, and soon fights break out between the two groups of Mae and Rendy.

Written based on some of youngsters’ real-life brotherhood experiences—this story will stir you to your emotional core while bringing out your sense of brotherhood. There are a lot of little things and big things that make this movie worth watching. The story is good, the banter is great, the relationships between the characters are great, and it’s a fun time at the movies. While some of the jokes are amusing, some of the fights go on a few bit too long.

Adapted from:


Harry Potter – Order the Phoenix


I absolutely love the Harry Potter series, and all of the books will always hold a special place in my heart.

Evaluation 1

I have to say that of all of the books, however, this was not my favorite

Evaluation 2

When the series began it was as much of a “feel good” experience as a huge mug of hot cocoa. The stories were bright, fast-faced, intriguing, and ultimately satisfying.

Interpretative Recount (tafsiran)

Order of the Phoenix is different kind of book. In some instances this works … you feel a whole new; level of intensity and excitement by the time you get to the end. I was truly move by the last page. Other time the book just has a slightly dreary, depressing feel.
The galloping pace of the other books has slowed to a trot here, and parts of it do seem long, as if were reading all about Harry “just hanging out” instead of having his usual adventures. Reading in detail about Harry cleaning up an old house, for example-house keeping is still housekeeping, magical or no, and I’m not very interested in doing it or reading about other people doing it.


 A few other changes in this book-the “real” world comes much more in to play rather than fantasy universe of the previous books, and Harry is apparently been taken off his meds. I know that he has a lot of to be grumpy in this book, especially with being a teenager and all, but the sudden change in his character seemed too drastic. He goes from being a warm-hearted, considerate person to someone who will bite his best friend’s heads off over nothing. It just seemed like it didn’t fit with his character, like he turned into a walking cliché of the “angry teen” overnight.
The “real” story seemed to happen in the last 1/3 of the book, and this part I loved. I actually liked the ending (and yes, I cried) as sad as it was. I packed a punch and it made me care about the story even more. Still a really good book, with some editing it would have been great.

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