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LLCU 326/GRMN 426: Film in the New Europe

Reviews & Criticism

The following sources will help you locate film reviews and criticism. In order to find a film review, you need to know the film title and film release date. If you do not have this information, consult either Halliwell's Film Guide, the Oxford Companion to Film, the International Directory of Films and Filmmakers (Vol. 1) or the Motion Picture Guide.

What are the differences between film reviews and film criticism?

Film reviews are written for the general public by usually journalists or other non-academics and appear in newspapers, magazines or online around the time the film is released in theatres. Their purpose is to describe the plot, characters, director, etc in order to help determine whether or not a film should be seen.

Film criticism is the study, interpretation and evaluation of a film with regard to issues such as historical context, theory or technical analysis. Film criticism is written by academics and is published in books or scholarly journals. It may sometimes address a specific apsect of a ilm or focus on the work of a particul director or genre. Critical reviews may be published many years after a film is released.

Databases for Finding Reviews & Criticism

Additional Review Resources Online

From 1969 to 1990, check Omni
For 1907-1984 coverage see: Art Index Retrospective.
Under More settings, click more Settings to select AHCI.  In Advanced Search, search film title and select "film Review" as document type. 
Contains reviews of the latest releases and news about and previews of films in the works. "Classic reviews" includes critiques of 75 classic titles spanning the decades from 1931 to 1991. "Review Archive" contains reviews for more that 900 films released since 1995. Good source for very current reviews, interviews and articles covering the film industry.
Includes film reviews from over 700 Canadian journals and newspapers.
For 1920 - 1998, Check Omni
Good for reviews of current and retrospective Canadian films. To find reviews in the print volumes, look under the heading Moving picture reviews from 1927 through 1986 and under the heading Movie reviews from 1987 onwards.
Coverage varies for each publication but many titles go back to the 80's. A good place to look up newspaper reviews of films released in the last ten years. Look up film reviews in the News category.
This site includes over 25,000 titles and over 200,000 reviews.
This site contains 20 years' worth of reviews in addition to a variety of other movie-related content.
Readers' Guide
REF AI3.R2 from 1900-2006 (Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature)
REF AP3.R496 (1890-1922) (Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature)
To find reviews of film from 1925 to 1977, look under the heading Moving picture plays - Criticism, plots, etc.-single works and from March 1977 onwards, Motion picture reviews - Single works.
Variety (Online)
The show-business daily.