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Film Studies Research Guide: Film Reviews

A guide to conducting research in Film Studies at Yale University, including key resources and crucial search strategies.

Key Databases and Indexes for Film Reviews

Other Databases for Reviews

Additional Film Databases and Indexes

You can search the Orbis catalog for sources of film reviews by using the example subject headings below as a guide.

These subject searches also provide a way to find books which collect reviews, such as Pauline Kael's 5001 Nights at the Movies, and American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now (ed. Phillip Lopate).


The following list covers additional sources of film reviews, primarily "authoritative" ones but also a handful of "popular" review websites and blogs. Some of these resources list reviews published before the mid 1970s -- they might be the only way to find reviews published when an older film was released.