Book / Film Review

Writing a book/film review

Follow these steps to write a book or film review.



Firts read this film review (The Green Mile) and do the comprehension questions.


Remember and take notes of the plot of the story. What impression did it produce on you?

Complete the follwoing diagram

Film, book review


  • Introduction: give the title and author of the book. If you're reviewing a film mention the director or actors.
  • Body:
    1. Summarize the plot in a few sentences.
    2. Mention the setting: the place and time of the plot.
    3. Say something about the main characters.
    4. Say something about the content.
  • Conclusion:
    1. Comment on the book or film.
    2. Let others know whether or not you liked the book/film.
    3. Why do you like it? Why don't you like it?
    4. Is the author's style good or bad, is the book / film interesting or boring etc.
    5. Do you want to recommend the book/film?

Post writing

Edit your writing.

Useful Expressions:

  Title, Author / Director, Actors

The film is directed by
The film is produced by..
It is starred by...
The book is written by ...


The action takes place in ... (setting)
The action of the film is set in ...
The story takes place in...

Characters and Plot

The main characters are ...
The story is about ....
The novel tells the story of ...
In the course of the novel the action develops dramatically.
The novel / film begins with...
The novel has an unexpected ending.
The end of ... is ...


I am impressed by
I think ....
The book is terribly / beautifully written
The film is terrible / exciting.
What surprised me is ...
What I liked is...
What I didn't like is...
I liked/didn't like the film / novel because ...