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Film Reviews and Film Criticism Resources



     

     


Strategies for Finding Film Reviews and Critical Analysis
     (separate page)

Online Indexes
Indexes to Film Literature
Indexes to General Interest Periodicals
Indexes to Newspapers
Indexes to Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences Journals

Print Indexes
Indexes to Film Literature
Indexes to General/News Periodicals & Newspapers

Review and Criticism Compilations

Review and Criticism Anthologies (reviews by a single author)
     (separate page)

Web Movie Review Resources (separate page)

Online Resources: Indexes to Film Literature

International Index to Film/TV Periodicals (La Federation Internationale des Archives du Film [FIAF])

Coverage: 1972 - present. Citations only (no full text or links to UCB holdings)

Includes International Index to Film/TV Periodicals which indexes periodicals and other documents covering cinema and television in the 58 countries comprising the International Federation of Film Archives.

Access: Library Web site (UCB users only)

Film & Television Literature Index (EBSCO

Coverage: 1976-2001. Citations only (no full text or links to UCB holdings)

Subject coverage includes film & television theory; preservation & restoration; writing; production; cinematography; technical aspects; and reviews. The database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 270 publications (and selected coverage of more than 300); as well as full text for 70 journals and nearly 50 books. List of journals indexed.

Access: Library Web site (UCB users only)

Film Index International

Coverage: 1972 - present. Citations only (no full text or links to UCB holdings)

Film Index International is the definitive online resource focusing on entertainment films and personalities. Produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute (bfi) it is based on the Summary of Film and Television (SIFT) database collated by the bfi over the past 70 years. Film Index International provides in-depth indexing of over 100;000 films - from the first silent movies to the latest blockbusters - and biographical information for over 40;000 personalities. Its rich content also includes coverage of international film awards and prizes as well as searchable plot summaries and full cast and crew lists. The database includes 300;000 references to critical and industry articles on films and 120;000 to articles on personalities from approximately 260 international film/TV journals.

Access: Library Web site (UCB users only)

Pacific Film Archive: Cinefiles

Cinefiles is a growing collection of searchable; online reviews; press kits; festival and showcase program notes; newspaper articles; and other documents from the Pacific Film Archive Library's (UC Berkeley) clippings files. The files contain documents from a broad range of sources covering world cinema; past and present.

Access: Web

Film & History

A chronological index to the journal Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television tudies 1971-1996.

Access:
Index: Web
Print version of journal: Doe Library PN1995.2 .F54
CD-ROM version of journal: Media Ctr COMPU/D 541 1970-1998(1); 1999(2); 2000(3)

Online Resources: General/News Periodicals & Newspapers

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

Coverage: 1980 - present. Full-text for some articles (see below); links to UCB holdings.

Articles from a wide range of popular magazines; general interest journals; and scholarly journals in the humanities; social sciences; and general sciences. For an index to reviews in general interest/news journals before 1988; see Readers Guide Retrospective (Readers Guide To Periodical Literature)

Film journals indexed: Camera Obscura (05/01/1997 to present); Cineaste ( 02/01/1990 to present); Cinema Journal ( 09/01/1996 to present); Film Comment (11/01/2002 to present); Film History ( 03/01/2001 to present); Film & History ( 05/01/2003 to present); Film Quarterly ( 09/01/1990 to present); Historical Journal of Film; Radio and Television (03/01/1998 to present); Journal of Film and Video (03/01/1998 to present); Journal of Popular Film and Television (01/01/1998 to present); Literature/Film Quarterly (01/01/1998 to present); New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film (01/01/2002 to present); Quarterly Review of Film and Video (07/01/1999 to present); Sight and Sound (05/01/1991 to present); Studies in French Cinema (01/01/2001 to present); Velvet Light Trap (03/01/2000 to present). Film reviews can also be found in general and news magazines (Time; Newsweek; The Nation; New Republic; Rolling Stone; and others).

The complete text of articles is available for many of the journals covered in the database. See ejournals listing for further information about full-text coverage of these journals.

To locate film reviews in the Expanded Academic Index; search key words from the film's title and the term "movie reviews" or "reviews." For example:

big night and movie reviews

Frank Lloyd Wright and television review

Access: Library Web site (UCB users only)

LexisNexis Academic

Coverage: approximately 1990 - present. Full-text for most articles. No links to UC holdings.

Indexing and full-text articles from thousands of national and regional publications; including general interest periodicals; newspapers and newsletters; trade journals; and other industry publications. Covers the past 10-20 years to present. Search under the categories NEWS/ARTS & SPORTS/BOOK; MOVIE; MUSIC & PLAY REVIEWS

Access: Library Web site (UCB users only)

Online Resources: Newspapers

Lexis/Nexis Academic (see above)

Research Library (ProQuest) (see above)

National Newspaper Index

Coverage: 1982 - present. Citations only; links to UCB holdings.

Indexing of the following newspapers:

Christian Science Monitor (National edition)
New York Times Magazine
Los Angeles Times (Home edition)
Wall Street Journal (Eastern edition)
New York Times (Late and National editions and Western editions)
New York Times Book Review
Washington Post (Final edition)

To locate film reviews in the National Newspaper Index; search key words from the film's title and the term "movie reviews" or "reviews." For example:

Gladiator and movie reviews

Civil War and television reviews

Access: Library Web site (UCB users only)

Historical Newspapers Online

Coverage: See below; citations only.

Historical Newspapers Online includes:

Palmer's Index to the (London) Times which covers the period from 1790 to 1905 in The Times
The Official Index to the (London) Times which takes the coverage forward from 1906 to 1980
The Historical Index to the New York Times which covers The New York Times from 1851-192.2

Access: Library Web site (UCB users only)

Online Resources: Arts; Humanities; Social Sciences Indexes

MLA (Modern Language Association) Bibliography

Coverage: 1963 - present; print index covers 1921/25 - present (Doe Library Reference PB25.A12.M6). Citations only; links to UCB holdings.

The database contains citations from over 4;000 journals; series; books; essay collections; working papers; proceedings; dissertations; and bibliographies of literature; languages; linguistics; and folklore. Links to UCB holdings and to JSTOR; but no full text in database itself.

Film journals indexed (partial list): Anuario de Cine y Literatura en Espanol: An International Journal on Film and Literature; Asian Cinema; Cineaction; Cineaste; Cine-lit: essays on hispanic film and fiction; Cinefantastique; Cinefocus; Cine-tracts; Cinema & cinema rivista trimestrale; Cinema and Society; Cinema d'aujourd'hui; Cinema Journal; Cinema Papers; Cinema Quebec; Cinema Scope; Cinema Sessanta; Cinemaya the asian film quarterly; Film and Film Culture; Film Comment; Film Criticism; Film Dienst; Film History; Film and History; Film/Literature Quarterly; Film and Philosophy; Frauen und Film; Film and Culture; Film Quarterly; Film Criticism ; Griffithiana; The Independent Film and Video Monthly; Journal of Popular Film and Television; PostScript ; Quarterly Review of Film and Television; Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema; Wasafiri: Journal of Caribbean; African; Asian and Associated Literatures and Film.

Library Web (UCB users only)

International Index to the Performing Arts

Coverage: 1985 - present

Coverage: Includes retrospective citations from 46 periodicals;dating back to 1864. Citations only; no links to UC holdings.

IIPA Full Text draws its content from more than 210 scholarly and popular performing arts periodicals; and also indexes a variety of documents such as biographical profiles; conference papers; obituaries; interviews; discographies; reviews and events. Full-text is provided for 34 of the titles indexed.

Film journls indexed: American Cinematographer (1994-; full-text 1997-); American Videographer (1999); L' Avant-Scène Cinéma (1998-); Black Camera (full-text 1998-); Broadsting & Cable; Cahiers du cinéma (1998-1999); Camera Obscura (1996-1997; 2000-); Cineaction (1997-1998); Cineaste (full-text 1997-); Cinefex (1998-); Cineforum (1998-); Cinema (1999); Cinema Journal (1996-); Cinema Papers (1998-2000); CinémAction (1998-1999); Classic Images (1998-); Creative Screenwriting (1997-); Discourse - Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture (1997-1998); Film & History (1993-2000); Film Comment (1994-); Film Criticism (full-text 1997-); Film History (1998-2000); Film Journal International (1998-); Film Quarterly (1945-2000); Film Review (1998-); Film Review Special (1998-); Film Score Monthly (1998-); Filmmaker - The Magazine of Independent Film (1997-); Films in Review (1950-1990 Ceased); Griffithiana (1997-1999); Historical Journal of Film; Radio and Television (1998-); Hitchcock Annual (full-text 1998-); Jeune Cinéma (1998-2000); Journal of Film and Video (full-text 1997-);Journal of Film Preservation (2000); Journal of Popular Culture (196--; full-text 1997-); Journal of Popular Film & Television (1972-1991; 1996-; full-text 1998-); Jump Cut (full-text 1998; 2000); Literature/Film Quarterly (1973-); Millennium Film Journal (1998-); Millimeter - The Magazine of Motion Picture and Television Production (1998-); Moviemaker (1998-); Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities (full-text 1997-); Screen (1997-2000); Sight and Sound (1993-); Soundtrack (1998-); Spectator (full-text 1997-); Television Quarterly (1998-); Variety (1997-); The Velvet Light Trap (1996-); Wide Angle (1996-1998)

Access: Library Web (UCB users only)

Art Abstracts and Art Index Retrospective

Art Full Text Coverage: 1984-present.

Art Index Retrospective Coverage: 1929-1984

Art Full Text:
Indexes over 300 international publications; including journals; yearbooks; museum bulletins; film reviews; bibliographies; conference reports; review articles; interviews and exhibition listings; in a variety of languages. Covers the fields of archaeology; architecture; art history; city planning; computer applications and graphics; crafts; film; folk art; graphic arts; industrial design; interior design; landscape architecture; museology; painting; photography; sculpture; television; textiles; and video.

Film journals indexed: American Film; American Cinematographer; Cahiers du Cinema; Cineaste; Cinema Journal Film Comment; Film Quarterly; Film Criticism; Film Culture; Films and Filming; Films in Review; Journal of Popular Film and Television; Sight and Sound.

Art Index Retrospective: Indexes publications in the fields of archaeology; architecture; art history; city planning; computer applications and graphics; crafts; film; folk art; graphic arts; industrial design; interior design; landscape architecture; museology; painting; photography; sculpture; television; textiles; and video. Includes citations to art reproductions. Provides citations from Volumes 1-32 of the print counterpart; Art Index.

Art Full Text Access: Library Web (UCB users only)

Art Index Retrospective: Library Web (UCB users only)

Periodicals Archive Online (PCI Full Text)
Coverage: 1770 - 1995

An online periodical archive that provides access to some 450 digitized journals in the humanities and social sciences. A sister database; Periodicals Index Online; provides additional indexing for articles in over 4;500 periodicals.

Film journals indexed: Cinema Journal (full Text: 1961-1996); Film History (full text 1987-1995); Film & History (full Text: 1971-1995); Journal of Popular Film and Television (full text 1972 - 1996); Monthly Film Bulletin (full Text: 1934-1991); Sight and Sound (full Text: 1932-1990)

Access: Library Web (UCB users only)

Periodicals Index Online (PCI)
Coverage: 1665-1995

Indexes millions of articles published in over 4;500 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. A sister database; Periodicals Archive Online; provides a full-text archive of some 350 journals published between 1888 and 1995.

Access: Library Web (UCB users only)

Web of Science (includes Arts & Humanities Citation Index) (Web of Science)

Coverage: 1900 - present. Citations only; no links to UCB holdings.

Indexes over 8;000 of the leading journals in the arts; humanities; sciences and social sciences; providing searching of footnoted citations. Includes the Arts & Humanities Citation Index; Science Citation Index; and Social Sciences Citation Index..

Film journals indexed: American Film; Camera Obscura; Cahiers du Cinema; Cineaste; Cineforum; Cinema Journal; Etudes Cinematographiques; Film; Film Comment; Film Criticism; Film Culture; Film Psychology Review; Film Reader; Historical Journal of Film; Radio; and Television; Journal of Popular Film and Television; Literature/Film Quarterly; Postif; Quarterly Review of Film and Video; Revue du Cinema; Sight and Sound; Soviet Film; Wide Angle

Access: available to UCB users via the Library's Web site

America: History and Life

Coverage: 1964 - present; citations and absracts; links to full text via Ebsco

Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.

Film journals indexed: Film & History (1972); Film Heritage (1967-74); Film-Historia; Film History: An International Journal (1987-present); Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (1981-present); Journal of Popular Film and Television (1973-present).

Access: available to UCB users via the Library's Web site

Print Indexes

Print Resources: Film Literature Indexes

Film Literature Index

Coverage: 1973 -- present

Covers 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries indexed from cover to cover. 200 other periodicals selectively indexed for articles on film and television. Periodicals range from scholarly, critical, technical to popular, including film/TV journals, and other titles in the fields of literature, rhetoric, popular culture, cultural theory. Does not include journals devoted to fan interests, totally technical data, or short press release information.

Access:
Media Center PN1993.99.F53 Library has: 1973(1)-1996(24)
Doe Reference PN1993.99.F53 Library has: BOUND 1973(1)-1996(24), later issues UNBOUND

Film Review Annual.

Coverage: 1982 - present

Reviews of selected films from 1982 to the present taken from a broad range of periodicals.

Access:
Media Center PN1995.F55 Library has: 1982-1995-
Doe Reference PN1995.F55 Library has: BOUND 1981-1997-

Film Review Index

Coverage: Vol. 1: 1882-1949; Vol. 2: 1950-1985

Edited by Patricia K. Hanson, Hanson and Stephen L. Hanson. Cites reviews to over 7000 feature films between 1914 and 1986 in both popular and trade journals. Cites reviews to over 7000 feature films between 1914 and 1986.

Access:
Media Center PN1995.F54 1986 Library has: v. 1-2;
Doe Reference PN1995.F54 1986 Library has: v. 1-2 (1986-1987)

A Guide to Critical Reviews: Part IV: The Screenplay from Jazz Singer to Dr. Strangelove, v.1 and 2. James M. Salem. 1971. Supplement One: 1963-1980. 1982.

Index to film reviews in selected periodicals and newspapers from 1927 to 1980.

Access:
Doe Refe PN1654.A12.S23 v.4 suppl.1 Non-circulating; may be used only in the Reference Center. Note: For main work see: Salem, James M. A guide to critical reviews. PN1654.A12.S23 INFO

Index to Critical Film Reviews in British and American Periodicals.., vols. 1-3. Stephen E. Bowles. 1974,1975 1963-1980. 1982.

Entries for film reviews in selected periodicals from 1950s to 1973.

Access:
Media Center PN1995.B68 Library has: v. 1-3
Doe Reference PN1995.A12.B64 Library has: v.1-3 ([1974-1975])

Retrospective Index to Film Periodicals, 1930-1971

Access:
Media Center PN1994.A12.B38;
Doe Reference PN1994.A12.B38

Film Criticism: An Index to Critics' Anthologies

Access:
Doe Reference PN1995.H4

The Kael Index: A Guide to a Movie Critic's Work, 1954-1991

Access:
Main Stack PN1998.3.K34.S63 1993

Variety Film Reviews, 1907-1984. 18 vols. Cumulative Index

Comprehensive and complete reproductions of original reviews printed in Variety. Indexes to titles, 1907-1980 (v. 16) and 1981-84 (v. 18).

Access:
Doe Reference PN1993.V36 Reference Stack Library has: BOUND 1907/20(1)-1995/96(24)- Library has: CUMULATIVE INDEXES: 1907/20(1)-1983/84(18)

Print Resources: General/News Periodicals and Newspapers

New York Times Index

Coverage: See below

Access:
News/Microfroms AJ21.N41 (BOUND 1930(18)-)
Doe Reference AJ21.N41 (BOUND 1913(1)-2000(88); later issues unbound)

The New York Times Film Reviews: 1913-1968, v.6: Appendix, Index. 1970.

Index to film reviews found in the New York Times from 1913 to 1968.

Access:
Media Center PN1995.N4 Library has: v. 6 (1913/1968) Index
Doe Reference PN1995.N4 Non-circulating; may be used only in the Reference Center. Library has: BOUND 1913/1968-1995/96-1999/00

Review and Criticism Compilations

Magills' Cinema Annual

Reviews of selected films from 1981 to the present.

Access:
Media Center PN1993.45.M33 Library has: BOUND 1982-2001
Main Stack PN1993.45.M33 Shelved: Latest vol. (2002) in Doe Reference Library has: BOUND 1982-2001-
Doe Reference PN1993.45.M33 Non-circulating; may be used only in the Reference Center

Magills' Survey of Cinema,

Coverage: 1980 - 1985.

Provides essay-length reviews of roughly 3,000 films. "Consists of several distinct parts: English language films are covered in two A-Z series, the first of four volumes published in 1980 and the second in six volumes published in 1981; silent films comprise three volumes (1982), foreign language films eight volumes (1985), and current films are covered in Magill's Cinema Annual, which began in 1982 and serves as a continuing update to the set. Articles on each film include a plot summary, critical notes on directing, acting, screen writing, cinematography, and the film's place in the history of its genre." - Kenneth Kister (Kister's Best Encyclopedias : A Comparative Guide to General and Specialized Encyclopedias, p.357)

Access:
English Language Film:
Media Center PN1995.M3 Library has: 1-4
Doe Reference PN1995.M3 V.1-4 (C1980); second series PN1995.M32 V.1-6 (1981)
Foreign Language Film:
Media Center PN1995.M335 1985 Library has: v. 1-8
Doe Reference PN1993.45.M34 1985 Library has: v. 1-8 (c1985)
Silent Film:
Media Center PN1995.M34 1982 Library has: v.1-3
Doe Reference PN1997.8.M3 Library has: V.1-3 (1982)


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