Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: May 01, 2015     Views: 75

There are some film journals in Literature Resources From Gale, such as The Journal of Popular Film and Television and Cinema Review. Go to the library web site, click Article Databases, select Literature Resources from Gale, log in, and search for the title of the movie (in quotation marks!) or the name of the director. Then put a check next to "peer-reviewed" at the top of the search results list. 

Literature Resources from Gale is also a fantastic resource for reviews of movies in non-scholarly/non-peer reviewed magazines like Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, etc. (This is important because sites like RottenTomatoes don't link to their articles.) 

Try Academic Search Complete and ProQuest Research Library (also accessible through Article Databases.) If you're looking for scholarly film criticism, remember to click the option for Scholarly/Peer Reviewed only! (If you forget to when you search, the option is also there in the search results list.) Not all of the scholarly articles will be film criticism; there will also be articles about the movie in the context of media literacy, culture studies, etc. 

For old movies, JSTOR is the best database to search. Access JSTOR the same way - through Article Databases. Once you're in, search for the title of the movie (again, in quotation marks) or name of the director. 

If you are looking for the kinds of movie reviews that are in newspapers, the best place to look is a web site called They gather reviews from dozens of newspapers and magazines. You can search by movie, actor, or critic. Another useful site is BoxOfficeMojo, which provides box office receipts and rankings. Internet Movie Database provides information on each movie's release date, director, production company, cast list, etc. 

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