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Movie Reviews: Print Sources

This guide offers suggestions in locating movie reviews.



To locate books which review or critique movies, perform an Any Word Anywhere Keyword search in Our Library Catalog using any of these phrases:

  • Motion Pictures Reviews
  • Motion Picture Criticism
  • Motion Picture History
  • Motion Picture Themes
  • Motion Picture Plots

To find materials about a specific movie, perform an Any Word Anywhere Keyword search by title. In most cases there will not be an entry for the title of a specific movie.

Reader's Guide

The most commonly used print resource for locating reviews is the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature.  Coverage includes reviews in general journals.  Between 1905-Feb. 1976, few reviews are indexed.

  • From 2003 - Present: Reviews are listed by the MOVIE TITLE
  • From 2000 - 2002: Reviews may be listed by either MOTION PICTURE REVIEWS and/or the MOVIE TITLE
  • From 1978 - 2000: Reviews are listed under MOTION PICTURE REVIEWS
  • Before 1977 - (volume 37 of Reader's Guide) movie reviews are listed under the subject heading MOVING PICTURE PLAYS -- CRITICISMS, PLOTS, ETC. PICTURE REVIEWS.

Sample Citation from Reader's Guide

Movies are listed alphabetically by the title, followed by a citation for a review. For example:

"Motion pictures-Single works-Reviews."
 Gladiator (movie title)
    People Weekly il. v53 no. 18 p.39 My 8 2000. L. Rozen
    Rolling Stone il por no. 841 p 81-2 May 25 2000. P. Travers

Suggested Reference Sources

There are a number of Reference Books in Lovejoy Library that review or critique motion pictures.