French 228: Reviews & Criticism

Cinemas francais et francophones
Professor: Sophie Saint-Just
Spring 2018

Reviews vs. Criticism: How Do They Compare?

  Film Reviews Film Criticism
Authorship usually written by journalists or other non-academics written by academics
Audience the general movie-going public scholars/academics
Content/Purpose describes the plot, characters, cast, director, etc. in order to help the reader assess whether they want to watch the film. may analyze the plot, characters, cinematic techniques; compare films by the same director or similar films within a genre; apply a particular critical theory to the film; and/or assess social, historical, or cultural significance of the film in order to advance the scholarly conversation about the film.
Publication Timeframe published in the weeks and months around the time the film is released published in the years or decades after the film was released   
Where published Rotten Tomatoes, The Guardian, Variety logos
online review sites, newspapers, and popular magazines
Camera Obscura, Adaptation, Film Quarterly
film studies journals

Finding Reviews of Current Cinema

Finding Older Reviews (pre-1980)

Films Criticism

  • Database Search Tips
    • Search for the film's title in the "Subjects" field
    • Add "film" to the search if the film was based on a novel
  • Database Search Tips
    • Search for the film title in the "Creative Work" field instead of "Anywhere"
    • Limit to Source Type = Scholarly Journals
    • Limit to Document Type = Research Analysis
    • Narrow Subject = Film criticism

Your Librarian

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Christine Ménard
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Research Services, Room 347D
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