Answered By: Annmarie Boyle
Last Updated: Mar 30, 2016     Views: 92

Film reviews and film criticisms differ. Although reviews include positive and negative criticism of films, they are not the scholarly analyses of films you may be asked to consult when writing a research paper.  The following steps will assist you in finding the thumbs-up-thumbs-down kind of film reviews as well as in-depth analyses of films used for academic research.

1. Search the library catalog by going to the Library homepage at  The library catalog is directly searchable on this page.  Use the pull-down menu to select SUBJECT or ANY FIELD to specify the following searches:

  • Do a SUBJECT search on the following terms (include the spaces and dashes):
    • Example:
      •  Motion pictures -- Reviews

  • Do an ANY FIELD search on the title of the film or the name of a director and add the terms film criticism or just criticism.
    • Examples:
      • Raging bull and film criticism
      • Scorsese and criticism

Your results will include print books, electronic books, reference materials, periodical titles, electronic databases, and websites.

2. Search individual research databases using similar search strategies and terms by following this link and selecting the Radio, Television & Film tab.  Go to: .

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