Guidelines for Writing a Reaction, Review, or Critique Paper

Here are some tips that will help write a very good reaction, review, or critique paper. 

  • Be thoroughly familiar with the event, program, or occasion that you are writing about.
  • Be observant and record significant details in relation to the event. For instance, if the crowd is composed mostly of young students, instead of young professionals as you were expecting, be able to cite this and offer a legitimate explanation.
  • Consider the potential of the event for an interesting story. Use your storytelling potential and write about the event the way you would write a short story with all the details including the who, what, when, where, and the interesting turn of events. For instance, if you overheard a remark about the event from one of the guests, include it in your review. How did the guests react during the entire occasion? Was there music in the background? Did the atmosphere appear lively? How would you describe the turn of events? Was the event lively? Fast-paced? Was there an interesting guest whose presence lighted up the event? However, while these details would undoubtedly spice up your writing, be sure to include only those which would not detract from the event.
  • Remember that a reaction paper/review/ critique is about providing enough evidence, so be sure to give enough proof to validate what you are writing about. Include interesting photos, testimonies from noteworthy persons and be sure your opinion is neither offensive nor fallacious.

Just like other kinds of academic writing, this type of writing needs an interesting introduction, well-supported body paragraphs and a logical conclusion. In addition, it must contain a thesis statement reflecting your claim.