Responding to a Film Review:
Tips for Writing an Effective Introductory Paragraph
Your introduction should feature a summary of the film review,
followed by your thesis statement.  

Use the following tips to help you write an effective introduction:


Tip 1:

Take notes before writing your complete summary.  Remember
to focus on summarizing the film
review, not the film itself.  

Answer the following questions as you take notes:
1.) What is the overall point of the film review?
2.) What major points does the reviewer provide to support this overall

Tip 2:

Try explaining the film review to someone who has not read it.
1.) Consider explaining the article to someone who has seen the film but
not read the film review.  Go over the article, point by point, in the same
order that the ideas are presented in the film review.
2.) Then, consider explaining the review in an e-mail to a friend.

Tip 3:
After drafting your summary, use the following checklist:

1. Is the summary shorter than the original film review?
Make sure your summary only covers the major, relevant points; leave out
the details.

2. Have you summarized, not analyzed the film review?
Do not include your opinions in the summary; remain focused on an
objective presentation of the review.

3. Does the summary accurately reflect the original film review?  
Do not change the writer's ideas; the summary must be accurate.

4. Did you use your own words except when necessary?  When using the
original wording, did you use quotation marks?  Watch out for plagiarism!  

5. Is it clear that you are referring the review rather than providing your
own ideas about the film?  

6. Are you clearly referring to the film review, not providing a summary of
the film itself?

7. Do you begin your summary with a statement, identifying the film critic's
full name, title of the review, and the critic's overall opinion?

Sample Introductory Sentences:

A. In "A Pursuit of Misery," reviewer Bernice Osorto discourages film
viewers from seeing the film,
The Pursuit of Happyness.

B.  In her review of
The Pursuit of Happyness, Bernice Osorto
provides a negative assessment of the film.

The thesis statement begins your analysis of the film review;
the thesis statement identifies whether or not you agree with
the film critic's perspective.

Tip 4:

End your introduction with an effective thesis statement.  

As the overall point of your analysis, the thesis statement is
expected to identify your overall response to the original film
review.  All of your essay's body paragraphs are expected to
support your thesis statement.

Practice Activities: Thesis Statement/Topic Sentences