The process of evaluating a work in a public manner. May include a rating but it is not necessary. Reviews appear widely in traditional media including newspapers, TV, magazines, and academic journals, and, more recently, in web-based formats such as ReviewBlog and VideoReviewShow.

Reviewers are often called critics, and can come in many forms, from someone genuinely attempting to evaluate a work for public benefit, to those who deliberately pick up on a bad work and [[AccentuateTheNegative insult it in the funniest way possible]]. Over the years this has made reviewing a serious industry, especially with {{New Media}}. Whole companies and sites can depend on their reviewing of works. This is most visible in the gaming and filming industry where it goes hand in hand. If a game or movie gets even a mediocre rating the makers can say bye-bye to their potential profits.

Possibly an even bigger source of entertainment than the works being reviewed. This can lead to interesting twists. If a work gets a bad enough rating but an entertaining review, it can gain a ton more sales just on the advertisement on how it's {{So Bad its Good}}. This can go for films, shows, comics, and games. Thus, reviews can be seen much like a forced advertisement makers have to gamble on. Of course, unscrupulous advertisers have been known to QuoteMine and select just a few words that make it look like the reviewer loved it. ("It was ... very good at all!")

Reviews frequently give works a star rating, usually on a FourPointScale or OnAScaleFromOneToTen. This can result in people giving more weight to the rating than to the content of the review -- Creator/RogerEbert has notably complained about this -- leading to a situation where EightPointEight might be considered a pan. Particularly good or bad works might warrant RankInflation or FMinusMinus. If the reviewer can't figure out how to rate a given work in their system, it BrokeTheRatingScale.

Given that reviews usually describe the work they're reviewing ([[CaptainObvious of course]]), there's always some potential for {{Spoiler}}s. Considerate reviewers will either find ways around mentioning sensitive plot points, or at least flag them with a Spoiler Warning. [[{{Jerkass}} Inconsiderate reviewers]]... well, SpoilAtYourOwnRisk; in addition to outraging the fans, some people have even been ''sued'' for divulging information that the creators didn't want to be public just yet.

The CausticCritic doesn't hesitate to [[AccentuateTheNegative express their disapproval of a work's flaws]]. Kinder souls may offer ConstructiveCriticism. On the other hand, the CompassionateCritic may accentuate the negative out of the belief that it's tough love.

When done poorly, a review might contain nothing more than Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike or GushingAboutShowsYouLike. These crop up in good reviews too, but they tend to have more nuance and, crucially, reasoned arguments for ''why'' the critic thinks the work in question is good or bad.

Woe to the reviewer who gets caught [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch Complaining About Shows They Don't Watch]]; that's considered very bad form, [[CriticalResearchFailure for obvious]] [[CowboyBeBopAtHisComputer reasons]].

Alert readers may spot ReviewerStockPhrases and ReviewerStandardComparisons, showing that the reviewer is hard pressed to avoid journalistic cliches. Cleverer reviewers may invoke lines from the work to create a ReviewIronicEcho.

Some readers adhere a little too closely to their favorite reviewer's opinions, leading to the belief that ReviewsAreTheGospel. The opposite is HePannedItNowHeSucks. In between the two is CriticalBacklash, where a work panned by reviewers turns out to be not as bad as you expected.

When a reviewer appears in fiction, they often get portrayed as a StrawCritic, probably because some writers can't resist the chance to say TakeThatCritics.

Notable reviewers include:
* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw
* DorothyParker
* PaulineKael
* LeonardMaltin
* MarkPrindle
* Creator/RogerEbert
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic

See also:

* CriticismTropes
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', a [[TheNineties Nineties]] [[WesternAnimation animated series]] about a film critic.

By the way, you can post reviews on ThisVeryWiki; see the details at JustForFun/TVTropesReviews or see a list of them [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/reviews_index.php here]].

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