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Sources for Film Reviews

SOURCES FOR FILM REVIEWS: A GUIDE


 

INDEXES TO NEWSPAPERS, GENERAL INTEREST PERIODICALS, AND FILM JOURNALS

General indexes to newspapers and periodicals as well as specialized indexes to film journals guide the reader to reviews of films published at the time the film was released. They can help you locate critical articles written about a film after its release. Some of these sources include the full-text of the review, others direct you to the journal or the newspaper issue that contains the review.

Batty, Linda. Retrospective Index to Film Periodicals. New York: Bowker, 1975.

[Z5784 .M9 B33 Wells Reference Department]

Fourteen film journals plus the film review and articles from The Village Voice are indexed from the beginning of each journal through 1971.

Academic Search FullTEXT Elite. Peabody, MA.: EBSCO Publishing.

 

Provides abstracts and indexing for over 3,100 scholarly journals covering the social sciences, humanities, education and more. Also offers full text for over 1,000 journals including 380 journals dating back to 1990. Total coverage includes over 3 million articles, Movie reviews appear under title, subject, director, and major performers. To see all movie reviews, search under the subject heading "Motion pictures - reviews" (without the quotation marks). To see reviews of a particular film, excluding articles about the film, search under keywords from the title and the word "reviews." You will also find critical articles about filmmakers and films. Many full-text reviews and articles. This database is available three ways: through Information Online (IO) in the library, select from the Main Menu; through InfoGate (dial-in), select from the Main Menu; and on the World Wide Web (URL:http://www.epnet.com/ehost)The Web version is by far the easiest to use.

Film Literature Index. Albany, NY: Filmdex, Inc. 1973- . Volume 1- . Quarterly; annual cumulations.

[Z5784 .M9 F46 Wells Reference Services Department]

 

This quarterly index serves a number of purposes. It indexes approximately 300 film periodicals world-wide. In addition to critical articles on a number of film topics, Film Literature Index also includes film reviews. Look under a film title then the subdivision "Reviews." The first articles listed will be critical, but not necessarily reviews.

Film Review Index. Edited by Patricia King Hanson and Stephen L Hanson. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1986.
[Z5784 .M9 F513 1986 Wells Reference Services Department]

This two-volume index lists film reviews from 1882-1949 in Volume 1 and from 1950-1985 in Volume 2. Organized alphabetically by film title, the work also includes director, year produced and country produced indexes.

Maltin, Leonard, ed. Leonard Maltin's movie and video guide. New York: Plume, 1992-.
[PN1993.L46 2004  Wells Reference Services Department]


Includes over 18,000 films with year it was made, country of origin, a short bio, etc. Also includes actor index with list of films they’ve done.

Media Review Digest. Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press, 1970-. Annual. [Z1035 .A1 M96 Media Reference]

An annual index to reviews, evaluations and description of non-print media appearing in a variety of periodicals and review sources. The section on Film and Video lists reviews of both educational short films and feature-length entertainment films. Symbols (+,-,*) next to each entry indicates whether the review is positive, negative, or simply descriptive.

Newspaper Source. Peabody, MA: EBSCO Publishing.

Provides abstracts and indexing for the following newspapers (cover to cover): The New York Times, Wall Street Journal (Eastern and Western editions), Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Abstracting and indexing for all titles and full text for the Christian Science Monitor begins 1/1/95. This database is available three ways: through Information Online (IO) in the library, select from the Main Menu; through InfoGate (dial-in), select from the Main Menu; and on the World Wide Web (URL: http://www.epnet.com/ehost/). The Web version is by far the easiest to use.

 


COLLECTIONS OF FILM REVIEWS

 

These sources contain reviews that were written for the publication listed. Reprints of reviews from other publications are listed in the next section.

Magill, Frank N. Magill's Cinema Annual. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1982- .

[PN1993 .M33 Reference Services Department]

 

Serves as a supplement to the Magill's Survey of Cinema series. Each volume includes films reviews organized by title, award information, and up to 25 citations for published film reviews.

Magill, Frank N. Magill's Survey of Cinema: English Films, First Series. 4 volumes. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1980.

[PN1995 .M23 Undergraduate Reference]

The sets comprising Magill's Survey of Cinema contain lengthy, signed reviews by film scholars. These reviews discuss production, direction, screenwriting, acting cinematography, and editing, as well as plot. Arranged alphabetically by title, there are also numerous indexes at the end of the fourth volume.

Magill, Frank N. Magill's Survey of Cinema: English Language Films, Second Series. 6 volumes. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1981.

[PN1993.45 .M32 Undergraduate Reference]

Magill, Frank N. Magill's Survey of Cinema: Foreign Films. 7 volumes. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1985.

[PN1993.45 .M34 1985 Reference Services Department]

Magill, Frank N. Magill's Survey of Cinema: Silent Films. 3 volumes. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1982.

[PN1993.45 .M37 1983 Reference Services Department]

The Motion Picture Guide. Chicago: Cinebooks, 1985-88. 12 volumes, plus 3 annual volumes (1986-1988).

(URL: http://www.mci.newscorp.com/movies/database/)

[PN1995 .N346 Media Reference, Reference Services Department]

 

The first twelve volumes were published in 1985, then the publication continued as an annual. The library holds only three of the annual volumes 1986, 1987, and 1988. For later films, you must consult the CD-ROM. The first nine volumes cover all sound films released between 1927-1983. Volume 10 covers silent films, and volumes 11 and 12 are indexes. Arranged alphabetically by title, with numerous indexes.



REPRINTS OF FILM REVIEWS

 

The works listed below reprint reviews that have been published in periodicals. They differ from the collection above in that the reviews were written for other publications, not this publication. The compilations contain reviews written specifically for that reference work.

Film Review Annual. Englewood, NJ: J.S. Ozer, 1981- .

[PN1995 .F4595 Reference Services Department]

Each annual volume contains full-text reviews for films released during the previous year. The reviews come from fifteen general periodicals, newspapers, and film journals, such as Film Quarterly and Monthly Film Bulletin. Provides citations for additional reviews. Arranged alphabetically by title, also lists awards and includes numerous indexes.

New York Times Film Reviews. New York: New York.

[PN1995 .N532 Reference Department; Undergraduate Reference]

 

Reprints film reviews published in the New York Times from 1913-1994. Volume 6 is the index to volumes 1-5 (1913-1968); biennial supplements after 1968. Arranged by date of publication, title and other indexes provide the date for each review. The Research Collections Reference Department has up to 1988 only; the Undergraduate Library Reference Department has up to 1994.

Slide, Anthony. Selected Film Criticism. 7 volumes. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1982-1985.

[PN1995 .S426 Reference Services Department]

A selection of contemporary reviews for films released between 1986 and 1950. Volume 6 covers selected foreign films released between 1930-1950.

Variety's Film Reviews, 1907-1986. New York: Garland, 1983-1988.

[PN1995 .V34 Reference Services Department]

 

Reprints film reviews from Variety; after 1927 includes only feature length films. Arranged by date of publication, title and other indexes provide the date for each review.

 

 


Last updated July 19, 2007

 

last updated: 5/14/2010