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Film and Media Studies

This guide provides an introduction to resources that support research in film and media studies, primarily through a humanities lens. It includes links and tools for articles, books, films, dissertations, and more!

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Film and TV Reviews

Film and TV reviews are assessments of the aesthetic, entertainment, social and cultural merits and significant of a current film or video. Reviews tend to be short to medium length articles often written by a single staff writer for a particular publication. Although reviews are usually fairly "quick takes" on a movie or show, they can, in some instances, be length, substantive, and very insightful. Reviews written in film and media journals and magazines will likely be more substantial than those written in newspapers because of the intended audience/readership (specialist versus general interest).  You can find reviews in different types of resources such as newspaper databases that the library subscribes to, freely available websites, and some print publications. Source: Berkeley.

Finding Film and TV Reviews Using Library Databases

Film Studies Databases

Newspaper Databases: Current & Historical News

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Did you know that the UCI Libraries subscribes to current access for all UCI faculty, staff, and students!? Once you have registered at, you will be able to access all content from anywhere, including film reviews. For support and instructions step-by-step, visit:

Finding Film & TV Reviews through Print Sources