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Library Guide 14: Film Reviews and Criticism

In addition to the resources listed below, there is an annotated list of Web sites about film and media.

You may also want to visit the Media Center, and Media Resources Web pages.

Indexes will tell you what periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers) and/or books contain a review or critical essay about a particular film.

Film Literature Index Shelf 109 on the 3rd Floor
Film Review Index, Vol. 1: 1882-1949/Vol.2: 1950 - 1985 Ref Z5784. M9 F513 1986
The New Film Index: A Bibliography of Magazine Articles In English, 1930 - 1970 Ref Z5784.M9 M29 1975
Readers Guide To Periodical Literature (look under the heading "Motion Picture Reviews" Opposite Shelves 100-104 on the 3rd Floor

Subject Headings to locate circulating books with film criticism or reviews in the subject catalog of LIUCAT:

Afro-Americans in Motion Pictures Motion Pictures -- Philosophy
Feminist Motion Pictures Motion Pictures -- Political Aspects
Film Criticism Motion Pictures -- Production and Direction
Film Noir -- History and Criticism Motion Pictures -- Reviews
Gangster Films -- History and Criticism Motion Pictures -- United States
Hispanic Americans in Motion Pictures Women in Motion Pictures
Minorities in Motion Pictures

Reference Books, located in the Reference Library stacks, on the third floor.

  • To locate a film in Reader's Guide or the Film Literature Index, one must know the year the film was released. You may check the Internet Movie Database or one of the books listed below in order to determine the year that a film was released.
  • The following reference books contain reviews or plot summaries of films:
New York Times Film Reviews Ref PN 1995.N4 1913-1994
Magill's Survey Of Cinema: English Language Films, Vol. 1-6 Ref PN 1993.45.M32 1981
Magill's Survey of Cinema: Silent Films, Vols. 1-3 Ref PN 1995.75.M33 1982
  • The following reference books contain citations to film criticism arranged by subject:
Afro-American Cinematic Experience: An Annotated Bibliography and Filmography Ref PN 1995.9.N4 H9 1983
Ethnic and Racial Images in American Film and Television: Historical Essays and Bibliography Ref PN 1995.75.M33 1982
  • Miscellaneous reference books on film, including film history, filmography, catalogs, and biographical sources:
Biographical Dictionary of Film Ref PN 1998.2.T49 1994
Fantastic Cinema Subject Guide: A Topical Index to 2500 Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films Ref PN 1995.9.F36 S46 1992
Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference To the American Style Ref PN 1995.9.F54 F55 1992
Film Noir: A Comprehensive Illustrative Reference Ref PN 1995.9.F54 S74 1995
Films By Genre Ref PN 1998.L63 1993
Hispanics in Hollywood: An Encyclopedia of Film and Television Ref PN 1995.9.H47 R49 1994
History of the American Cinema, Vols. 1-6 Ref PN 1993.5.U6 H55 1990
The Kael Index: A Guide To a Movie Critics Work: 1954-1991 Ref PN 1998.3.K34 S63 1993
Masters of Lens and Light: A Checklist of Major Cinematographers and Their Feature Films Ref PN 1998.D285 1991
The Oxford History of World Cinema Ref PN 1993.5.A1 O96 1996
World Film Directors, 2 Vols. Ref PN 1998.2.W67 1987

Web Sites

Internet Movie Database

Yahoo!Entertainment: Movies and Films: Reviews

The Roger Ebert Movie Files

More Web Sites

Revised by B. Sees 6/99
Updated by I. Wang 1/09
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