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Film Criticism

Criticism analyzes a film in detail, discussing themes, cinematography, similar films, direction, acting, and more.  Criticism is typically published in books or in scholarly journals.

Interested in shorter articles which offer recommendations as to whether to see a film or not? See the Film Reviews Guide.

General, multidisciplinary index that includes film reviews and criticism.
Coverage: 1887 - present
To find film reviews and criticism, search for the film title and the words motion picture reviews.  [ex: citizen kane and motion picture reviews]   This link searches OmniFile Full Text Mega, Readers' Guide Retro, and Humanities & Social Sciences Retro (all formerly on the HW Wilson platform).
Coverage: 1890 - Present
To find books in JMU Libraries that include film criticism for specific films, do three different searches in LEO—a subject search for the film title, a subject search for the director, and a word search for the film title. In many cases, you will find different titles, all relevant, with each search.
This database indexes articles published in scholarly journals from 1984 to date. To find film criticism, search for the title of the film and the words and pictures as keywords.
Coverage: 1984 - present
Contains both Film Index International and the AFI Catalog...
Coverage: 1893 - present
FIAF is a bibliographical index offering in-depth coverage of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.
Coverage: 1972 - Present
Indexes film and television articles and reviews in scholarly and popular periodicals published between 1976-2001.
Coverage: 1976 - 2001
Substantive entries about films and those associated with films. Includes lists of articles and books for further reading.
Contains essay-reviews on 515 films produced between 1927 and 1980.
Coverage: 1927 - 1980
Carrier Reference PN1993.45 M3
Indexes over 86,000 essays in the humanities and social sciences.
Coverage: 1900 - present
Indexes scholarly articles, book chapters, and dissertations primarily about literature, but includes film studies, too.
Coverage: 1926 - present



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