Prompt #3: Reviews



  1. “Lincoln” by Roger Ebert,, Nov. 7, 2012
  2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre” by Roger Ebert,, Oct. 17, 2003
  3. “Stranger Things” by Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly, July 13, 2016
  4. “Pink: Beautiful Trauma” by Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone, Oct. 13, 2017
  5. “Taylor Swift: Reputation” by Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, Nov. 10, 2017
  6. “Kesha in Atlanta” by Melissa Ruggieri,, Sept. 30, 2017
  7. “Hamilton” by Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 6, 2015
  8. “Ali Smith: Autumn” by Sarah Lyall, The New York Times, Feb. 17, 2017 (full review here … READ BOTH!)

Blog Prompts:

  • Roger Ebert is considered by many to be the greatest review writer of all time. After reading two of his reviews (one four-star and one zero star), why do you think this is the case?
  • Not taking into account your personal opinion of the subject, which of these reviews do you feel was best written? Why?
  • Do you feel the short reviews (Pink and Autumn) were effective? Why or why not?
  • After reading these reviews — all by prominent, professional review writers — what do you feel are important traits in writing effective review

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