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A guide to finding film resources at The Ames Library


Critical writing about film falls into several broad categories, including film reviews, in-depth or focused criticism and analysis, and fan writing.

Film Reviews:  Reviews tend to be short to medium length articles, often written by a single staff writer for a particular publication. Although reviews are usually "quick takes" on a movie, they can be lengthy, substantive, and very insightful.  Reviews appear regularly in film-related journals, general interest periodicals (e.g., Newsweek, Time) and in most daily newspapers.  See the tabs above for Newspaper Review Sources and Recommended Websites.

Criticism and Analysis:  Scholarly or focused critical writing about particular films can be found in a wide variety of sources, including film journals, and publications devoted to theater, history, literature, women's studies, ethnic studies, and other disciplines. These articles often discuss particular films in broad social, political, and historical context.  See the tabs above for Find Articles, Indexes & Databases and Film Journals.

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