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Rick Bentley’s “Emotionally Hot” Is a One-Two Sentence Critique

In response to Rick Bentley’s 614‑word review of Out of the Furnace on Fresno Bee

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Rick Bentley’s latest piece, “Out of the Furnace” burns emotionally hot,” is perfectly acceptable, but lacks the sizzle factor to make it stand out. It’s not unfair to say that the critic’s work is the anti-sizzler due to the bland writing and average critique.

A perfect example of the boring nature of Emotionally Hot can be found in the introduction. The title sits atop the review all alone without a glorious header image as support. Sure, there is a monster image just below, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a welcoming image to keep the reader intrigued.

The opening statement of Emotionally Hot shows support for the film, but phrasing on the main characters such as “what they do is intriguing,” seems a bit awkward. The writing is soft and flimsy, which may immediately lead review scholars to seek more powerful works.

Emotionally Hot is barely above average. Bentley delivers on all the essentials, but never gets rolling with the analysis. The character breakdown is informative but only on a very basic level. The critic offers one or two sentences on each point and then moves on.

Rick Bentley’s Emotionally Hot is a one-two sentence critique, which makes it acceptable but far from great.    

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