Several of you have asked about examples of movie evaluations. The purpose of a this assignment is to answer the question, “is this movie worth seeing?” If so, why? If not, why not? Be sure to include a Work Cited section with publication details of your film following MLA format. (Hint: if you don’t know all the publication information about your film, such as year and studio, the Internet Movie Database [IMDb] can probably help you out.) See sample Work Cited section at the bottom of this page. Don’t worry about putting your Work Cited entry on a separate page; just put it immediately after the end of your last paragraph.
For examples of published movie reviews, see Roger Ebert‘s reviews of Rango by Gore Verbinski and The Last Airbender by M. Night Shyamalan. In a slightly different vein, also check out Chris Sims’ review of the opening sequence from Batman: The Animated Series:
With all the episodes of Batman: The Animated Series that I was watching in order to put together ComicsAlliance’s list of the ten best episodes, I kept seeing that opening sequence over and over. And rather than getting bored with it or skipping ahead, I kept watching it and fixating on just how unbelievably good it is — not just in terms of beautiful animation, but in the sheer storytelling economy of being a perfect introduction to Batman. And when I say it’s the perfect introduction, that’s what I mean.
And here’s the opening sequence for your convenience:
Batman: The Animated Series. Warner Brothers, 1992. Television.
Ebert, Roger. “The Last Airbender Movie Review.” RogerEbert. n.p., 30 June 2010. Web. 9 December 2013.
Ebert, Roger. “Rango Movie Review.” RogerEbert. n.p., 2 March 2011. Web. 9 December 2013.
The Last Airbender. Dir. M. Night Shyamalan. Paramount, 2010. Film.
Rango. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Paramount, 2011. Film.
Sims, Chris. “Ask Chris #78: Why The ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Opening Is The Best Thing Ever.” ComicsAlliance. n.p., 4 November 2011. Web. 9 December 2013.