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Last Updated: Friday August 10 2007 12:00 GMT

Film review

The Simpsons movie


Kids' films helped British and Irish cinemas set a record for the amount of money spent on tickets in one weekend.

More than 20m was spent in cinemas between Friday and Sunday, with Harry Potter, Transformers and The Simpsons Movie all doing really well.

Learning aims

By the end of the lesson, students should:

  • Understand the ingredients of a film review
  • Understand the difference between fact and opinion

What did you watch?

Start by reading out this story to the group:

Ask students:

  • Have they seen any of the films mentioned?
  • What did they think of them?
  • Which other films have they seen recently?
  • Did their mates recommend/tell them to avoid any of these films?
  • Did they recommend/tell their friends to avoid any of the films?
  • Why do they think people publish film reviews?
  • Where are they likely to find a film review? Prompt: Magazines, newspapers, TV programmes, radio, internet.
Main activity

King Kong

Film review

Students read Newsround's review of King Kong.

Students look at each of the categories and say whether they are likely to contain facts or opinions.


Name of film - fact
Certificate - fact
The stars - fact
The story - fact (the film might be fictional but the story does not change from cinema to cinema)
The best bits - opinion
Fave characters - opinion
Any weak bits? - opinion
Hit or miss? - opinion
Rating (out of five) - opinion

Using the template (by clicking on the link in the blue box), students write a film review of the last film they saw.

Extension activity

Fact and opinion

Students research and collect different reviews of one particular film.

In each review, students identify:

  • Facts about the film
  • Reviewer's opinion of the film
What do they notice?


Pairs of students swap reviews and read each other's.

  • Students who haven't already seen their partner's film say whether they would want to see it, based on the review, and explain why.
  • Students who have already seen the film, say which bits of the review they agree/disagree with and explain why.
Teachers background

Curriculum relevance

National Curriculum Programme of Study for English, Key Stage 3, En2 Reading

4c. Distinguish between fact and opinion
5d. Look at how audiences and readers choose and respond to media
9c. The range of study should include media and moving image texts

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