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How to Find Film Reviews and Criticism: Finding Film Criticism

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Additional Resources

Be sure to search subject-specific databases in subject areas where scholars may analyze the film in question.

Examples: 

Search Women's Studies International to find articles related to Thelma & Louise or other films with feminist themes. 

Use  Bibliography of Asian Studies to find articles such as "Kung fu masters: stardom, performances and 'authenticity' in Hong Kong martial arts films"

Try America: History and Life to find articles such as "Raising minstrelsy: humor, satire and the stereotype in The Birth of a Nation and Bamboozled". 

Research Tip: Film Search Tips

Tip # 54: Film Search Tips

  • Use quotation marks around the title of the film; e.g., "Real Women Have Curves"
  • For foreign films, search for both the English and original language title; e.g., Breathless OR A Bout de Souffle
  • Multiple films may have the same title; e.g., Ben-Hur (1925) and Ben-Hur (1959). Use the date and/or the director's name to narrow your search.

Research Tip: Find Text Button

The Find Text Button

Many of our databases have this SFX Find Text Button button, which searches for the full-text of the article in our collections. If we don't have it electronically, look for the "Request article scan" link in the "Get It" section.

screenshot of Get It section with link

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