Review Samples

Reviewing is a separate art form in terms of writing. It takes on a different tone, format, and style compared to academic writing. Look at our review samples to get better acquainted with review writing.

Macbeth

By Matt Trueman Imagine if you could bathe in Macbeth. Or cut it into lines and snort it. What about painting your house Macbeth? ‘OK,’…

The Slap

By Mike Jakeman Until the triumphant return of Jonathan Franzen in the autumn, it seemed that Christos Tsiolkas’ novel, The Slap, was a contender for…

The Talented Mr. Ripley

There are thriller movies that rely mostly on gore—“Hostel,” “Devil’s Rejects,” “Friday 13th,” and other similar films mostly focus on murder, blood—and their thrill comes…

Visions of Space: God’s Architect

By Dan Schneider Sometimes the extra features on a DVD oddly turn out to surpass the featured film itself. Such is the case with the…

King Death by Toby Litt

By Miguel Fernandes Ceia Working his way through the alphabet, Toby Litt has now delivered the letter ‘K’ with his new novel King Death. The…

How the West Was Lost

By Andrew Wheelhouse ‘We think we know what’s coming. But is it already too late?’ Taglines this ominous in tone usually belong to a Roland…

The Graduate

By Dan Schneider Comedian Mike Nichols, in the mid-1960s, abandoned a flourishing comedy career with his partner, Elaine May, to become a filmmaker. His first…

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Cyberpunk science fiction has not been a popular genre during the last decades. Originating from the novels by Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov,…

Richard II, Barbican, London

By Miriam Gillinson Richard II was only 10 years old when he ascended the throne and this early rise to power is stamped all over…

Coriolanus, Donmar Theatre, London

By Miriam Gillinson A perfect engine, a human soldier, a “kind of nothing.” Coriolanus is a steaming cauldron of a role, a man as hot…

Sybil

The subject of mental disorders has long become a niche for all kinds of thriller and horror movies. Roughly 80% of movies dedicated to this…

A Hierarchy Nevertheless

By Nicky Charlish Postwar British history has been a fruitful furrow for scholars to plough. After books covering a range of subjects from the New…

Kairo (Pulse)

Perhaps no other country has produced as many horror movies as the United States—and no other country can call itself the motherland of the most…

Arrival

Movies about contacts with aliens are so numerous that counting all of them would probably be an impossible task. Aliens abduct, scrutinize, infiltrate, devastate, enslave,…

Doom: A Videogame Review

Throughout the last two decades, videogames have made a huge leap forward in terms of graphic technologies, gameplay mechanics, realism, and immersiveness, turning from a…

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