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Film Criticism: Reviews & General Sources


"Film reviews are assessments of the aesthetic, entertainment, social and cultural merits and significance of a current film or video. Reviews tend to be short to medium length articles, often written by a single staff writer for a particular publication. Although reviews are usually fairly "quick takes" on a movie, they can, in some instances, be lengthy, substantive, and very insightful." (Source:

Print Sources

The New York Times Film Reviews
Birnbaum Ref PN1995 .A43   
A one volume work covering films reviewed in the New York Times from 1913-1970; arranged by date of publication.

Magill's Cinema Annual
Birnbaum Ref PN1993.3 .M34   

Covers 1982-present. Sections within each film include the plot, credits, reviews, and awards. Includes list of citations to reviews covered in major magazines and newspaper publications; arranged alphabetically by title of the film.

Film Review Annual
Birnbaum Ref PN1995 .F463   

The annual covers 1981-2002. It contains full-length film reviews from major publications as well as citations to more reviews.

Magill's Survey of Cinema
Birnbaum Ref PN1993.45 
Mortola Ref PN1993.45

This series contains English Language Films, First Series (covering over 500 films from 1927-1980), English Language Films, Second Series (covering over 700 films from 1928-1981), and Magill's Survey of Cinema, Foreign Language Films.

Online Sources

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