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Finding Film Reviews & Criticisms
You may need to look in more than one place.

The older the film is, the more likely you will need to consult the print resources for reviews.
You may also find it helpful to search for things like a director's name, an actor's name, or a genre of films.
A broad topic such as Motion Pictures or Film may also be helpful depending on the type of article(s) you need.
The more you know...
Know the date the film came out

This will help you select places to search

Know what you are looking for a review or a criticism

 
Reviews
Provide opinions on the creativity, entertainment, social and cultural value of a film

Designed to let a viewer know if the film is worth their time

Usually fairly short, although in some cases they may be longer

Are generally found in popular magazines, newspapers and websites

Generally do not reflect on things like the film's place in a director's body of work or on specific aspects of the film such as lighting, music, and casting choices

 
Criticism/Critical Analysis
Are more scholarly in nature

Are more lengthy

Discuss films in a broad context, such as the political, social, historical, or cultural significance of the film

May compare films from the same director or within a particular genre

May discuss the film in relation to the director's, actor's or script writer's body of work rather than as a single film

May focus on specific aspects of the creation of the film including things such as lighting, music and casting choices

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