Movie Reviews ESL Lesson

In this intermediate-level ESL lesson, you will learn grammar, vocabulary, and phrases to talk about everyday English topics: an English conversation lesson to give your opinion, agree and disagree with others about movies.

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Practical English for everyday situations.

Movie Reviews

ESL Questions on Movies

1

What makes a movie “great” in your opinion?



2

Do you like to watch old movies? Black and white movies?



3

Do you watch your favorite movies more than once? How often?



4

Do you think a movie has to be believable to be good?



5

Do you pay attention to what movie critics think about movies?



6

How have movies changed over the years?



Watch, Read or Listen

ESL Video on Movie Reviews

Watch the following ESL YouTube video lesson about movies.

Listening Practice Movie Reviews

Watch the YouTube video and answer the following questions about Movie Reviews.

1

How do reviewers like the movie by Claude De Roserio?



2

When did Yana see the movie?



3

What was Yana’s favorite part of the movie?



4

Does Michiko live near the theater?



5

What didn’t Michiko like about the movie?



6

Did the reporter like the movie?



7

Who does the reporter agree with?



8

Where did they ask people’s opinions?



Speaking Activity

Use the ESL illustrations to talk about the passage and movies and movie reviews.

Giving Movie Reviews



Talking About Movies



Movie Reviews



Movie Reviews ESL



Opinion About Movies





ESL vocabulary to talk about movies

Word Bank

believable | complaint | criticism | exactly opposite
extremely | local(s) | opinion | opposite | point out
reflect | specific | in terms of | I couldn’t agree more
personally speaking | I have to side with

Matching

Match the words on the left with the meanings on the right.

1. criticism (n)

A. to make someone aware of something

2. reflect (v)

B. used when you give your opinion

3. specific (adj)

C. to a very great degree

4. exact opposite (n)

D. relating to one thing or place and not others

5. to side with (phr.v)

E. the act of expressing disapproval

6. personally speaking (exp)

F. completely different from each other

7. I couldn’t agree more (phr)

G. to support a person or group in an argument

8. point out (phr.v)

H. to show, express or be a sign of something

9. extremely (adv)

I. it seems possible, real, or true

10. believable (adj)

J. to have exactly the same as opinion as someone

Discussion

Discuss the following quotes about opinions, agreeing and disagreeing.

Hollywood

“Never judge someone by the opinion of others.”

Unknown

“Try being informed instead of just opinionated.”

Unknown

“Your opinion is not my reality.”

Steve Maraboli

“There are as many opinions as there are people.”

Terence

“Just because they disagree, doesn’t mean you ain’t right.”

Toba Beta

“There are as many opinions as there are experts.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.”

Unknown

Practice

Discuss the following questions about opinions, agreeing and disagreeing.

  1. Do you always check the comments and ratings before deciding on a movie?
  2. Do you always check the comments and ratings when buying something online?
  3. What are examples of things that it’s better to make your opinion over taking the word of others?
  4. Do you have the same or completely different taste for things than your friends?
  5. Do you leave ratings and comments for products and services?

In Your Own Words

Explain what the word or phrase in bold means and give an example.

Example: She was exhausted because she worked until midnight.
Meaning: very tired - I’m exhausted because I stayed up and studied all night.

Talking About Cinema

1

I couldn’t agree with the reviews more!

Meaning /

2

Michiko’s complaint was that the characters were not believable.

Meaning /

3

The positive reviews reflect exactly how I feel.

Meaning /

4

Her opinion was the exact opposite.

Meaning /

5

I’m afraid I disagree with her opinion.

Meaning /

Netflix

Missing Words

Watch the video again and complete the sentences.

The End

The new movie by Claude De Roserio has received some ____________________ 1            positive reviews. We went down to the local cinema to speak to some locals to get                  their _________________ 2 on the movie. Do they agree with the recent reviews?

The first person we spoke to was Yana, who had just seen the movie. “______________________ 3 with the reviews more! It was fantastic!”. Yana went on to say that her favorite part was the ending. She said, “it was _________________ 4 but also very satisfying. The positive reviews _______________ 5 exactly how I feel.”

The next person we spoke to was less positive. Michiko had traveled a long way to watch the movie in this __________________ 6 cinema. “I’m afraid I disagree with the reviews”, she said. “In fact, I’d say the ____________________ 7!”. Michiko’s __________________ 8 was that the characters were not believable and when our reporter pointed out the fact that other people had liked the characters, Michiko said that she disagreed.

Personally speaking, I have __________________ 9 Yana on this one. While I can understand Michiko’s criticism of the characters, I’m afraid I disagree with her opinion that they were not believable. ____________________ 10 the ending, I agree with Yana 100% – it was an incredible way to close the show!

The new movie by Claude De Roserio is out now. Let us know what you think!

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