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The 10 Blurb-Whoriest Movie Review Phrases

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | September 23, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | September 23, 2010 |


If you spot any of these phrases in a movie review, you’ve got yourself a movie blurb whore. Don’t listen to anything he or she says. Dismiss them immediately. Check for computer chips inside their brain. Using these phrases does not constitute analysis; it’s stealing from movie posters in order to appear on another movie poster. It’s rearranging platitudes. It’s lazy critic shorthand for, “Please Put My Name on your DVD Box.”

Honorable Mention: Epic! (Internet Critics Only)


10. Let the Laughs Begin!

9. Hit It Out of the Park

8. Must See!

7, Laugh Out Loud Funny!

6. A _____ Good Time for the Whole Family!

5. Laugh a Minute Thrill Ride (or any variation of thrill ride)

4. The Number One _____ of the Year

3. _____ is a Revelation!

2. This Year’s (Successful Film from Last Year)

1. Tour de Force!




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