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Rich Cline Creates a Blueprint for a Review in “Movie Review”

In response to Rich Cline’s 346‑word review of Nebraska on

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Is Rich Cline still writing his own critiques? His latest piece, “Nebraska Movie Review,” feels like he had to go on vacation but wrote down a few thoughts that should be covered in his absence. “Hmm. Black and white. Payne. Bruce Dern. References. That should do it.”

Movie Review is the epitome of average. It contains the bare essentials, but most critics actually expand on the basics even if it’s only one or two sentences.

Cline doesn’t offer any personal opinion at the onset of Movie Review  but manages to mention director Alexander Payne (along with his past films) and lead actor Bruce Dern. At this point there is nothing to indicate that Cline actually saw the film, but he definitely might have left a blueprint for a review.

Paragraph two offers plot summary and acknowledges Will Forte and June Squibb as part of the supporting cast. The writing comes together nicely just as if someone is working from an outline.

In the third paragraph of Movie Review, one will find three sentences that each acknowledge a different part of the film: cinematography, score and moral of the story. The outline review is going quite well!

All that’s left to accomplish in Movie Review is the conclusion. The critic (whoever it might be) rattles off a few statements that one could write based off the trailer…but then there is a shocker: the final sentence. Spoiler? Decide for yourself.

Movie Review is an excellent construction of outline points.    

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