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Film reviews are written by journalists or lay people, are published in various sources including newspapers, magazines and online. These are usually published when the film is released so keep release dates in mind when you are searching for reviews.
Film criticism consists of analyses of films written by academics and film scholars, and is usually published in scholarly journals. Film criticism can be written at any time, often years after a film is released. 

Research Tips

  • Gather basic information (title, director, date of release, principle actors) for the film you’re researching.
  • For reviews, narrow the date range to the years immediately following the film’s release.
  • Some databases will allow you to limit your search to reviews or criticism, so always check the advanced search options.

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Academic Search Complete
(from 1990-present)
…of American and foreign films from popular and scholarly sources.

(from 1920-present)
…of American and foreign films from scholarly sources and trade journals.
MLA International Bibliography  
…of American and foreign films from scholarly sources.

(from 1980-present)
  …of American and foreign films from popular sources.
Movie Review Query Engine
(dates vary)
  …of American and foreign films from popular sources.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times
(from 1851-2009; more recent years available elsewhere)
  …of American and foreign films from the New York Times.

(from 1881-1985; more recent years available elsewhere)
  …of American and foreign films from the Los Angeles Times.
'Cinema' symbol, The Noun Project

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