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The aim of this guide is to help you locate printed and electronic sources which contain film reviews or critical analyses of films. You are welcome to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you want more help.
Many UK newspapers carry film reviews.
Full-text newspaper articles, including film reviews, can be accessed through these two databases:
You may also want to find film reviews which have been published in journals. The Library subscribes to various printed and online journals that will carry reviews and features on films.
Printed journals available at Headington Library include:
The best way to trace film reviews or articles which have been published in print or electronic journals, is to use a database . Below are some tips on searching for film reviews in some key databases. For further sources, look at the complete list of Databases for Film :
Note that these databases contain a mixture of full text and abstracts:
These databases will give you references and perhaps abstracts for relevant journal articles and reviews, but not the full text. You will often get the Full Text Finder option below references on these databases. You can click on this to check whether the article is available as an e-journal and then link to it.
FLI Online is currently available as a free service.
The following sites include film reviews:
The Library has various books like the series BFI Film Classics and BFI Modern Classics which provide critical surveys of specific film titles. To find a book on a specific film search by keyword or title on LibrarySearch BFI Film Classics are also available through Film Scripts Online. Once logged in to the database you can search or browse Critical Assessments.