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Finding Film Reviews


This resource guide provides you with resources available through the Dulaney-Browne Library for the study of and research about film reviews.

For additional assistance, contact Christina Wolf, Humanities Liaison Librarian at 405-208-5919 or cwolf@okcu.edu.


Some of the assigned films are owned by the Dulaney-Browne library. Use this link to see the list of available films.

Check local video stores or online streaming vendors (eg. Netflix or Blockbuster) for videos not owned by the library.


Decide what type of review you would like to find: mainstream? specialized? scholarly?

You can go directly to a journal or magazine. To find a list of film related magazines and journals owned by the Dulaney-Browne Library in print, microform, or full-text, click here.

In order to find reviews about a specific film, you will need to consult indexes, available both in paper and electronically in databases.


New York Times Index - use this index (ask at the circulation desk for access) to find reviews published in the New York Times newspaper.

Art Index - use this index (ask at the circulation desk for access) to find reviews published in Sight & Sound, Cinema Journal, or Camera Obscura.

Readers Guide to Periodical Literature - Use this index (ask at the circulation desk for access) to find reviews published in popular magazines, newspapers, and specialized magazines such as Variety.

Film Review Index - Use this reference book (found on the Reference Shelves, first floor, 016.7914375 F487h) to find indexed reviews from 1882-1985.


The library subscribes to various online databases that can be accessed as described below.

EBSCOhost - Several databases available via EBSCO include indexed and full-text film reviews. Use this EBSCO search box to simutaneously search Academic Search Premier, MasterFile, Art & Architecture Complete, and MLA International Bibliography.

Enter Film Title

JSTOR - another database that has full-text scholarly film reviews published in Cinema Journal between 1966 and 2006.

The Oklahoman - Mainstream reviews from a local source can be found by searching The Oklahoman Archive.

Internet Links
Film Literature Index Free index with citations covering 1973-2001.

The Internet Movie Database Free database with information about films and some links to mainstream reviews.

The New York Times Electronic equivalent to the paper index. Free registration required. Use the advanced search option to find articles from 1851-present; pay for retrieval OR get the article information and use the microfilm on the fourth floor!

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