When I review a product, there is a required field of Review on the last. I want to change this field from required to not required.

I changed this field for backend by editing app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/Block/Review/Edit/Form.php.

$fieldset->addField('detail', 'textarea', array(
    'label'     => Mage::helper('review')->__('Review'),
    'required'  => false,
    'name'      => 'detail',
    'style'     => 'height:24em;',

Now I want to change it for frontend. How to do it?

$fieldset->addField('detail', 'textarea', array(
            'label'     => Mage::helper('review')->__('Review'),

            'name'      => 'detail',
            'style'     => 'height:24em;',

i just tried it and it working.

  • tried. Same result. Not working. – umair ayub Jun 18 '15 at 7:30
  • i remove 'required' => true, on 127 line. that work – Qaisar Satti Jun 18 '15 at 7:39
  • you are adding the review or editing the review? – Qaisar Satti Jun 18 '15 at 7:45
  • i am adding a review from frontend. – umair ayub Jun 18 '15 at 7:45
  • got app/design/frontend/(yourtheme or base )/default/template/review/form.phtml and remove class="required-entry" from line 85 or textarea field – Qaisar Satti Jun 18 '15 at 7:50

go to the app/design/frontend/base/default/template/review/form.phtml and replace this code

<label for="review_field" class="required"><em>*</em><?php echo $this->__('Review') ?></label>
<div class="input-box">
     <textarea name="detail" id="review_field" cols="5" rows="3" class="required-entry"><?php echo $this->escapeHtml($data->getDetail()) ?></textarea>

with the below code

<label for="review_field"><?php echo $this->__('Review') ?></label>
<div class="input-box">
    <textarea name="detail" id="review_field" cols="5" rows="3"><?php echo $this->escapeHtml($data->getDetail()) ?></textarea>
  • in that case, when i submit review, it says "review can not be empty". – umair ayub Jun 18 '15 at 7:45

In Append to Piyush post. Remove validation from server side as below.

create a custom module and rewrite "Mage_Review_Model_Review" class as below.

In your custom module config.xml file. add below code under "models" node.


Now in Your "Your_Modulename_Model_Review_Review" model class add below code.

class Your_Modulename_Model_Review_Review extends Mage_Review_Model_Review

 public function validate()
    $errors = array();

    if (!Zend_Validate::is($this->getTitle(), 'NotEmpty')) {
        $errors[] = Mage::helper('review')->__('Review summary can\'t be empty');

    if (!Zend_Validate::is($this->getNickname(), 'NotEmpty')) {
        $errors[] = Mage::helper('review')->__('Nickname can\'t be empty');
 // comment below code to remove details field valiation.
 //   if (!Zend_Validate::is($this->getDetail(), 'NotEmpty')) {
  //      $errors[] = Mage::helper('review')->__('Review can\'t be empty');
  //  }
   if (empty($errors)) {
        return true;
    return $errors;

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