Skip to main content

Getting Started Guide: Film Reviews & Criticisms: Home

finding film reviews and criticisms

Contents

movie

Trible Library Catalog Search

Search for more

 

Search WorldCat CNU

Search for an item in libraries near you:
WorldCat.org >>

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

Contact Us

Trible Library at CNU's picture
Trible Library at CNU
Contact:
Paul & Rosemary Trible Library
library@cnu.edu

Visit Us
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606


Reference: 757-594-7132
Circulation: 757-594-7133
Media: 757-594-8894
Trible Library provides links to other websites to aid in research and is not responsible for the content or privacy policy of those sites.