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Film & Media Studies Resources: Reviews

Finding reviews in EBSCO databases

EBSCO databases

In EBSCO, search for "reviews" as a "subject term" across all the EBSCO databases at one time. Combine it with the title of the film, the director, or other search terms. The search below gives nearly 800,000 reviews across all the EBSCO databases. You can also search the following relevant EBSCO databases individually:

Finding reviews in the New York Times

New York Times


You can search for reviews in the New York Times published between 1851 and four years ago here. Go to the advanced search screen and choose "Review" as the document type.

Search the most recent four years of the New York Times here. Again, go to advanced search and choose document type "Reviews." The search below is set up to search just the New York Times (1980-present) and limit by document type "Reviews."

Finding Reviews in Other Newspapers

You can find contemporary reviews in newspapers other than the New York Times in ProQuest Newsstand and Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis).

In ProQuest Newsstand, use the advanced search and limit to review (see the screenshot above for the New York Times).

In Nexis Uni, choose "news" on the search screen and add "review" to a keyword search. Reviews are not a document type you can limit to in Nexis Uni.

Screenshot of Nexis Uni search

Finding reviews in reference books

Film Review Index (1882-1985) V. 1: 1882-1949, V. 2: 1950-1985
Search for reviews by film title
PN1995.F464 v.1 & 2

A Guide to Critical Reviews
See part IV, The Screenplay
Pop Cult Ref PN2266.S25, part 4

Magill's Cinema Annual (1989-1996, 2005-2009, selected other years)
Includes selective reviews of important films.

Magill's Survey of Cinema: Silent Films
REF PN1993.45.M3, vols. 1-3

Selected Film Criticism (1896-1960)
Reviews are reprinted in full. Includes foreign films from 1930 to 1950.
pop PN1995.S426 1982, v. 1-7

Websites for reviews


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