I want to add product reviews programatically with some custom fields defined on my code below

$review = Mage::getModel('review/review')
->setEntityPkValue(intval($pressquote->product_id)) //product id
->setStatusId(intval($pressquote->status))          //approved
->setCustomerId(null)                       //null is for administrator
->setLink($pressquote->link)                            //custom field
->setLinktext($pressquote->linktext)                   //custom field
->setYear($pressquote->year)                            //custom field

but it doesn't work for me.. I checked my code and it stops on save(). What went wrong? I tried already removing the custom fields but nothing happened

  • What went wrong should be in your php error log, perhaps in system.log in magento's var.
    – user4351
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 8:14

3 Answers 3


// Invoke the Magento environment

require_once 'app/Mage.php';

// Set up your own loop to to go through the reviews from the source cart.

// Logic to look up customer that has already been migrated into magento. // So you have $_customer holding a Mage_Customer_Model_Customer

// IMPORTANT: Set up customer session. // the rating/option model resource checks the customer session to get the customer ID.

$_session = Mage::getSingleton('customer/session')->setCustomer($_customer)->setCustomerAsLoggedIn($_customer);

// Add the review

$_review = Mage::getModel('review/review');

// Map your rating_id to your option_id with an array or something

$rating_options = array(
1 => array(1,2,3,4,5), // <== Look at your database table `rating_option` for these vals
2 => array(6,7,8,9,10),
3 => array(11,12,13,14,15)

// Now save the ratings

foreach($rating_options as $rating_id => $option_ids):
try {
    $_rating = Mage::getModel('rating/rating')
} catch (Exception $e) {
  • I am not importing from an external source and i don't need the rating... I just need reviews
    – Netorica
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 6:15
  • 2
    I have provide you review as well as rating if you don't need then just remove from your code It will work..
    – Keyul Shah
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 8:35
$review = Mage::getModel('review/review');
$review->setEntityPkValue(147);//product id
$review->setStatusId(1); // approved
$review->setCustomerId(273);//null is for administrator





To expand on this a bit for those needing help with understanding the model here

$rating_options = array(
1 => array(1,2,3,4,5), // <== Look at your database table `rating_option` for these vals
2 => array(6,7,8,9,10),
3 => array(11,12,13,14,15)

These "Rating Options" are from the Mage_Rating_Model_Rating model. A collection of these will yield whatever you have in Catalog > Reviews and Ratings > Manage Ratings.

That being said we can query for a collection of those models and build something a little more programmatic...

/** @var $readConnection Varien_Db_Adapter_Pdo_Mysql */
$readConnection = Mage::getModel('core/resource')->getConnection('core/read');
$ratingOptions  = Mage::getModel('rating/rating')->getCollection();

foreach ($ratingOptions as $ratingOption) {
    $select = new Zend_Db_Select($readConnection);
    $select->where('code=?', $VALUE_FROM_ONE_TO_FIVE);
    $select->where('rating_id=?', $ratingOption->getRatingId());

    $optionId = $readConnection->fetchOne($select);

    $rating = Mage::getModel('rating/rating')
        ->addOptionVote($optionId, $_product->getId());


The above will get all the rating options, then select the appropriate "option_id" with the $VALUE_FROM_ONE_TO_FIVE that you specify for each "category" of review (also known as a vote).

You could build an array or something to replace for $VALUE_FROM_ONE_TO_FIVE but you'd need to know what "category" you're looking for. For that you could use

$ratingType = $ratingOption->getRatingCode();

which will return Performance, Price, or whatever other "Rating Name" you have established in Catalog > Reviews and Ratings > Manage Ratings

Something like:

$ratingType = $ratingOption->getRatingCode();
switch($ratingType) {
    case 'Price':
        $VALUE_FROM_ONE_TO_FIVE = 3;
    case 'Performance':
        $VALUE_FROM_ONE_TO_FIVE = 1;

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