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A capsule review or mini review is a form of appraisal, usually associated with journalism, that offers a relatively short critique of a specified creative work (movie, music album, restaurant, painting, etc.). Capsule reviews generally appear in publications like newspapers and magazines, and may be placed within the context of a cultural digest section of a publication.
Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide is a well known publication that includes thousands of capsule movie reviews by prolific film writer Leonard Maltin, including the world's shortest capsule review according to the Guinness Book of World Records, a 2 out of 4 star review of the 1948 musical Isn't It Romantic? that consisted of only the word "no".
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Even in the pre-internet days, the pithy review became such a cult favorite that a fan, in the 1980s, submitted it to Guinness World Records, which later informed Maltin it would certify it as the world’s shortest movie review.