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Film Studies: Articles and Film Review Sources

Film Studies Article Databases

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See below for article databases for finding primary sources/historical articles.

Film Review Sources

Scores indicate % of critics included that rated a film positively, in the judgment of the RT staff.  Each review is judged either "fresh" or "rotten."  If a film has received 60% "fresh" reviews in the judgment of the staff, the movie is certified "Fresh." Note that  a 90% score means that 90% of critics included by RT have given the movie a positive review, even if most of those reviews are lukewarm; a 60% score means that 60% of the critics have given the movie a positive review,  even if all of those critics might have given the movie outstanding reviews.

Click on the "Top Critics" tab to find reviews by a selective subset of critics, principally those writing for major newspapers. 

Metacritic includes fewer critics than Rotten Tomatoes and assigns each review a score on a scale of 100; the scores are  averaged for a final score for the film.

Article Databases - Primary Sources

Lantern (Media History Digital Library - University of Wisconsin, Madison)

includes searchable full text of 50 early film and radio magazines, including Variety (Dec. 1905- Feb. 1926) and Photoplay (1914-1943)

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