Lunch is the place to share your opinions about almost anything. You can review people, places, products, media (photos, video, and audio), creative work (original writing and artwork), and even events and ideas. We give you the tools to express your likes, loves and loathes in a thoughtful review and in turn, connect you to people who share your interests.
In your day to day, you consume and experience a wide range of different things, from the sneakers you jog in and the video game you played last night, to the news show you listen to on the way to work. Lunch is the place to share your thoughts and experiences about the world around you. When choosing a review topic, pick something that strikes your passion or something you'd like to learn more about. Your reviews help Lunch determine who and what kind of content you'll like. The more you review, the better Lunch can connect you to the right people and information.
To spark review ideas, check out the Lunch homepage to see what other people are talking about. In the activity feed, check out the most recent reviews, comments and popular tags. Also, play our speed rating games in ExhilaRATE. They're the fastest way to build up your Similarity Network, compare interests with people in the community, and get ideas for new reviews.
A great Lunch review is helpful to the community and inspires curiosity and exploration of a topic. An inspiring review can be many things – we know everyone is different and what's important to you might be less important to others and vice versa. The most universal qualities that make a review stand out is how helpful it is in illuminating the topic of interest as well as how pleasurable it is to read. In short, a great Lunch review should be:
Comprehensive and informative, full of useful information Include details you'd want to read if you were looking for information on a topic you knew little or nothing about. Include caveats that a typical product description would miss and helpful tips you'd want a friend to know.
Insightful and thought–provoking, bringing outside knowledge to the table Give insight from your experience with similar topics, with examples illustrating what makes this one better, worse, or different. Include outside information or unique insight you haven't seen anywhere else. Give details you'd want to read too.
Engaging, entertaining, funny, and a blast to read It's your opinion, so have a good time exploring your passions. Explain why you liked or disliked the data point, with anecdotes and examples. Or try an unusual point of view on a well known idea or product. Your review is the place to let your personality shine.
Well organized, makes the points clearly and without confusion A useful review is easy to read with a logical progression of ideas. Avoid stream of consciousness writing. Instead, collect your thoughts into a focused conclusion. For a more balanced review, highlight the negative and positive aspects with bullet points.
Feature photos, videos, and audio to help support your opinion. Add clear, high resolution photos, videos, or audio files to support your opinion and give the community a better understanding of the data point. Whether you're a veteran reviewer or newbie just starting out, the more you review, the more skilled and comfortable you'll be at expressing yourself. And the better reviews you'll write.
Prior to joining Lunch I used to post reviews of books and movies. The reason I started doing these reviews was that I read so many books (about one a week) and saw so many movies (I usually go to a theater once or twice a month) that I could never remember plots or whether or not I actually had read a book or saw a movie. The review was a way to reinforce my memory and provide a place I could search to give me just enough of a memory jog that I could remember a plot. … more
Teddy Roosevelt (Apr. 23, 1910, France): "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great … more
I'm going to do a little something different with this data point, if only because it gets a chance to welcome those who might be new to Lunch to the experience. It's also a good chance for those unfamiliar with Lunch to really learn what the experience of it is all about. So let me preface this by saying this isn't a review about the website itself. If you must know, Lunch has it's own datapoint which you can find. So this is more of a welcome, and a way to talk about one … more
Honestly, I really don’t think I should be writing something about “reviewing” in this site; not that I think that it isn’t necessary but because I feel that I am not exactly qualified seeing as 1) I am not a professional movie critic 2) I believe reviews are a reflection of one’s personal taste 3) I believe there are better writers than I am 4) I don’t think anyone would care what I think of reviewing. My friends Sean Rhodes and Cenobite7 both … more
Over the years, I've managed to come across great books as well as teachers that would teach me valuable lessons in writing. Although I've managed to take poetic license with quite a bit of my work, their wisdom meant a great deal to me & actually has helped me tremendously through the years whenever I've composed any piece of writing. Although there is always something new to be learned in the world of the creative arts, there are some common elements I believe which stand the test … more
The reviewing format in this lunch is one of the best I've worked with and provides total freedom. I love it that I can add photos, links (to my other reviews), and all the tools that can make reviews look much more fancy and professional looking. It is also nice that the 'unhelpful' button has been eliminated since the goal of the site is not competition but rather sharing and learning from one another with similar interests. While I usually stick … more
Oh what fun Lunch is providing me. Years ago as a kid, I would take my mothers typewriter and get busy clacking away my thoughts on a movie I had just watched. Showing no real journalistic ability, I kept my little "critiques" folded away in a little book for my own private viewings. I would break it out, occasionally, when I would have some friends over for a movie night. Having quite the extensive collection of video tape, (that's … more
As I have just joined Lunch I thought that I would attemt to write a review. The thing is that I am rubbish at making decisions, even given a choice of only two things I can um and err for eternity. So when I am given the opportunity to rant and rave about absolutely anything I like, surprisingly I still cant choose. I like this site because of being able to review anything - but I am not a writer and puttig into words what goes on in my head is well, if you have read … more