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A Guide to Reviews (Books, Film & Theatre)

Film Reviews

A film review is an oral or written analysis looking at the quality of a movie. Most film reviews will be done by professional critics who provide a brief synopsis and look at the pros and cons of the film. A more in depth film analysis can be written by scholars as to the theory and reasoning behind the movie. 

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Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1976 to present)

A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts & humanities, subjects covered include radio, television, film & theatre.

Film Comment (1962 to present)

The discussion-provoking bimonthly features reviews of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde cinema from around the world, as well as in-depth interviews, authoritative profiles, and analyses of films, both old and new.

Film Criticism (1976 to present)

A refereed, scholarly journal that publishes original research in film theory. Articles examine and deconstruct films form a variety of critical, political, and aesthetic viewpoints.

Film & Television Literature Index (1990 to present)

Citations to articles in film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.

Humanities Abstracts (1984 to present)

Broad coverage of all humanities disciplines including scholarly articles, book reviews, reviews of motion pictures, plays, and radio and television programs.

JSTOR (not including most recent 3-5 years)

A digital archive of journals in the areas of Arts, Business, Economics, and Sciences. JSTOR includes the entire runs of these journals, from the very first issue to the volumes published a few years ago.

Film Comment (1962 to 2018)

Call Number: PN 1993 .F52

Film Criticism (1976 to 2014)

Call Number: PN 1993 .F525

Films in Review (1966 to 1996)

Call Number: PN 1993 .F66

New York Times Film Reviews (1968 to 2000)

Call Number: PN 1995 .N4

Variety Film Reviews (1983 to 1986)

Call Number: PN 1995 .V34 1983


Useful resource for locating current reviews available through blogs, newspapers and website online.


Internet Movie Database (IMDB)


Rotten Tomatoes

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