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Find Film Reviews in Databases
Before the internet, film reviews were primarily published in newspapers and popular magazines, and compiled in book anthologies (and continue to be). Knowing when the film premiered is crucial information for locating reviews. The databases below provide citations and some full-text reviews from local and international newspapers and magazines.
Find Film Reviews In Print Materials
Do a Subject Keyword search in the Usearch library catalog for the exact phrase: "motion pictures" AND reviews . This search will list 150+ books and magazines with film reviews.
For books about the theory and practice of critiquing films, search for the Subject Keyword phrase: "film criticism"
The Kael Index: A Guide to Movie Critic's Work, 1954-1991.
Call Number: Marriott Library, Level 2, General Collection, PN1998.3 K34 S63 1993
An index pointing to film and TV reviews written by Pauline Kael and published in 10 anthologies; Marriott Library owns all 10 books. Listed alphabetically by film title, studio, and the last names of directors, actors, and screenwriters.
Film Release Indexes
IMDB: Internet Movie Database
Filmographies of over 250,000 U.S. and international studio films, independent films, television programs, and video games. Information includes release dates, production companies, performers, directors, screenwriters, and crew members. There is also a growing collection of photos of film personalities. Updated continuously.
Annual publication summarizing the year's domestic, international, and independent film releases. Includes release dates, production companies, performers, directors, screenwriters, and film stills. Marriott Library owns volumes from 1951-2004.
Film Review Websites
Gathers snippets of published reviews from film critics around the world and averages their overall ratings of each film.
Long-time Chicago Sun-Times reviewer.
Hosted by AMC (originally American Movie Classics), which also owns IFC (Independent Film Channel) and the Sundance Channel.