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Film Studies: Film reviews

This guide is an introduction to the resources for Film Studies at Dartmouth. If you are interested in Television, see the separate research guide for Television.

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You can use SUMMON to simplify your search for movie reviews. You can limit the search to "reviews" on the left side of the Summon search page.

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Reviews from newspapers

  1. Major metropolitan newspapers are a good source for movie reviews and information.
  2. You can also limit your searching to "reviews" in most of this group of databases.
  3. Note that the Historical newspapers do not cover the present.
  4. ProQuest Newsstand has coverage from 1980's to the present.
  5. LexisNexis and Library Pressdisplay give you more current coverage of films.

    Reviews from scholarly journals

    Except for the Screen Studies Collection, the list here highlights resources that may not have citations prior to 1970. If you need information for movies made before 1970, look at the tab above called Researching early films.

    These resources will lead you to more scholarly reviews.

    Reviews from Popular literature

    Readers' Guide Retrospective does provide early film coverage, but only for popular literature. Popular literature includes Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Instyle, etc.

    When searching, you can limit your search to "film reviews" in Document Type.

    Film Reviews on the Internet

    You may have your own favorite sight for online reviews. This is a list of possibilities.