Generic structure of Review Text

Generic structure of Review Text

Review Text

Generic structure of Review Text

       As we know that reading is one of skill that we must gather to increase our English among other skills so to increase our skill in reading, for this occasion I’d like to share about one kind of texts, it is about Review Text. (Also read : Generic structure of report text)

       A review is an evaluation of a publication, product, service, or company such as a movie (a movie review), video game, musical composition (music review of a composition or recording), book (book review); a piece of hardware like a car, home appliance, or computer; or an event or performance, such as a live music concert, play, musical theater show, or dance show.

Social Function of Review Text

       To criticize ( comment ) an art work, event for a public audience. Such as: work of art included movies, TV shows, books, plays, opera, recording, exhibitions, concerts and ballets

Generic structure of Review Text:


       Places the work in its general and particular context, often by comparing it with other of its kind all through analogue with a non object or event. 

Interpretative recount

       Summaries the plot and / provides an account of how the reviewed rendition of the work came into being ; is optional, but if present, often recursive. (Also read other article at : Jangan Merusak Persahabatan)


       Provides an evaluation of the work and /  its performances or production ; is usually recursive.

Evaluative summation

    Provides a kind of punch line which sums up the reviewers opinion of the art event as a whole ; is optional.

Language features of Review Text.

  • Focus on specific participants
  • Use of adjectives
  • Use of elaborating and extending clause and group complex to package the information.
  • Use of metaphorical language ( e.g., the wit was there, dexterously ping panged to and from …. ).
  • Reviews are used to summarize, analyze and respond to art works. They may include: movie, TV shows, books, plays, concerts, etc.

Example 1

The Lost World Jurassic Park Part II

        The Lost World Jurassic Park Part II is a motion picture about an island populated with real dinosaurs. Released in 1997, this science fiction adventure is the sequel to the box office hit, Jurassic park (1993), in which a scientist built a dinosaur theme park on a remote island.

       Although those dinosaurs were destroyed, there were some left on another island. Dr. Sarah Harding (played by Juliannne Moore) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) travel to the island to observe the dinosaurs and try to prevent Roland Tembo (Pete Postlethwaite) from rounding the beasts up and taking them to theme park in the United States.

       The weather turns bad, the dinosaurs become violent, and one of the angry beasts makes its way to Los Angles, California. (adapted from: www. Jurassic park. Com) Did you know The 1993 movie Jurassic Park used special computer effects to make very realistic looking dinosaurs. In one scene, two character are terrified by Tyrannosaurus Rex. (Also read other article at : Pengertian Nama Ekstensi Domain)

Example 2


               Brownies, a bite of sweet cake, a bit of love Another Indonesian romantic drama features film by a young and talented director, Hanung Bramantyo, will son be released this year.

       Fans of Marcela Zalianty, Bucek Depp, and Arie U. Kencono will be able to see their idols acting in a movie titled Brownies. The film is produced by Cinema Art, which also produced ‘Mengejar Matahari’.

      The theme is simple; it’s about love. Love with a bittersweet story becomes the highlight that enriches the movie plot. The reason is quite obvious: a love theme always attracts more people to come to the cinema. Mel (Marcella zalianty), a copywriter in an advertising agency, has a life that’s focused on her job.

       Although mel is engaged to Joe (Philips Yusuf), Didi (Renia) her close friend, questions if Joe is really Mel’s kind of guy. Later in the story, Mel finds out that Joe has been going out with another girl all this time.

       Then, Mel, meets Are (Bucek Depp), a young artist who writes, owns a bookstore, and makes brownies! Are even has a small brownies shop that Mel loves to visit. Are’s artistic attitude and Joe’s betrayal have clearly affected Mel’s life. Brownies is the first Indonesian movie that was shot using Panasonic High Definition cameras, which results in a film that looks as if it’s recorded on standard celluloid film, while reducing production costs. (taken from: C’n S magazine Vol.4. no.27) (Also read other article at : Soal Pilihan Ganda tentang Keunggulan Lokasi Indonesia)

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