Finding Film Reviews
This guide will get you started in the area of film research. You can find information about films, directors, actors, themes, film criticism, and film reviews using many of these resources. In order to find a review, it is important to know the year the film was released. For movies released prior to 1970, reviews will be found primarily in print indexes.
The following online databases and print indexes will direct you to reviews.
Call Number Range
Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.
|PN1992 Television (history, theory, individual shows, writing for television)|
|PN1993 Film Journals|
|PN1993.5 Film History (general history first, then grouped alphabetically by country)|
|PN1994-1995 Film theory and appreciation|
|PN1995.9 Films by special topics (e.g. detective films, film noir, war films, etc.)|
|PN1996 Screenplay writing|
|PN1998 Directors (biographies and criticism)|
|PN2000-2900 Actors and Actresses (biographies, studies and criticism)|
Review this list to find e-books that contain the search words motion pictures, film, cinema, or movies.
Collections of Film Review References
- Film Review Annual
Gives important film reviews in their entirety and lists other publications in which the film was reviewed.
Ref PN 1995. F465 (1981-2002 )
- Film Review Index
Ref PN 1995 .F468 1986
- Index to Critical Film Reviews
Arranged by title of film with director and reviewer indexes up to 1975.
Ref PN 1995 .B69 1975x
- New York Times Film Reviews
Includes a full index of personal names, titles, and corporate names.
Ref PN 1995 .N4 (1913-2000)
- Variety Film Reviews
24-volume hardcover reprint of feature film reviews by the weekly entertainment tabloid-size magazine Variety from 1907 to 1996
Ref PN 1993 .V36 (1907-1996)
Finding Biographical Sources
- American Screenwriters
Ref PN451 .D5 v.26 1984
- American Screenwriters: Second Series
Ref PN451 .D5 v.44 1986
- A Biographical Dictionary of Film
Ref PN 1998.2 T 49 1994
- Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films
- The St. James Women Filmmakers Encyclopedia
Ref PN1998.2. S683 1999
Finding a Topic
- Chambers Film Factfinder
- Chronicle of the Cinema
General PN 1993.5.U6 C47 1997
- Complete Film Dictionary
General PN 1993.45 .K66 1997
- The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film
Ref PN 1997.85 T54 2005
- The Film Encyclopedia
Ref PN 1993.45 K34 2008
- Filmmaker's Dictionary
Ref PN 1993.45 S56 2000
- International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers
Ref PN 1997.8 I 58 2000
- The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film
Ref PN 1993.5.U6 W4954 2012
- Halliwell's The Movies That Matter
Ref PN 1998 .H433 2009
- Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
Ref PN 1995 .L4 2010
- Magill's Survey of Cinema: First Series
Ref PN 1993.45 M3
- Magill's Survey of Cinema: Second Series
Ref PN 1993. 45 .M32
- Magill's Cinema Annual
Ref PN 1993.3 M34 [1982-present]
- The Motion Picture Guide & Annual Supplement
Ref PN 1995. N346
Searching for Books by Subject Heading
To identify materials about a particular genre, style, director or other topic, consider the following subject headings:
Name of the Film
Name of the Director
Name of an Actor or Actress
Books & Videos in Other Libraries
Click here to go to databases.
- Academic Search Complete
- Literature Resource Center
- New York Times Digital Edition
- U.S. Major Dailies - Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post
- JSTOR, and Art and Architecture Complete all would be very useful for critical essays and film criticism
Use Advanced Search. Enter the film title in the first search box and then select PS Reviews and Products from the drop-down menu to the right.
Use Works Search. Enter the name of the film and then select "Motion Picture" from the Type of Work list.
Head to the Arts section and go to "Movies"
Add "Film Review" or "movie review" to searches for the film title, or even director. From about 1980 to the present.
Individual Film Journals/Magazines
Check out these individual film journals to search for critical film reviews and film criticism. If you have suggestions for other film journals to add here, please let us know.
- Film quarterly
from 10/01/1958 to 06/01/2013 in JSTOR Arts & Sciences III Archive Collection
In the College of DuPage Library
- Film comment
from 11/01/2002 to present in Academic Search Complete
from 11/01/2002 to present in Art & Architecture Complete
- Film criticism
from 03/01/1976 to present in Academic Search Complete
from 01/01/1990 to present in Art & Architecture Complete
- JCMS : Journal of cinema and media studies
from 10/01/1997 to 10/20/2019 in ProQuest Central (US Academic Subscription)
- Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR)
"The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) is the home of one of the oldest and most extensive collections of print, audio/visual, and graphic materials relating to film, theater, radio and television in the United States." (from the website)
- Film Literature Index (FLI)
"The Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. More than 2,000 subject headings provide detailed analysis of the articles. " (from the website) Indiana University Digital Library Program
- Variety - FILM
Variety.com contains reviews and information on new and upcoming films. Also you can find information about the film business, festivals, and statistics.
Locate reviews for new and older films from IndieWire.
- The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information related to movies, television shows, actors, production crew personnel, video games, and most recently, fictional characters featured in visual entertainment media.
Filmsite is a unique website containing interpretive, descriptive review commentary and historical background, and hundreds of colorful, vintage film posters for some of the best Hollywood and American classic films in the last century.
- MRQE - Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE.com, the Movie Review Query Engine, is the Internet’s largest database for movie reviews. Founded in 1993, MRQE (pronounced "marquee"), is a searchable index of all published and available movie reviews, news, interviews, and other material associated to movies.
Movie reviews, TV reviews, game reviews, and music reviews