How scholarly works of film criticism differ from film reviews
Peer-reviewed articles of film criticism found in scholarly journals are very different from the shorter, usually more superficial kinds of "movie reviews." Scholarly articles published in film journals differ slightly from the kind of peer-reviewed articles found in scientific or technical journals, but they have more in common with these than with articles found in popular newspapers, magazines, and blogs.
Like peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, scholarly film criticism often:
Examples of scholarly film journals accessible through the library's search engine:
Film reviews are often more descriptive and evaluative than the analytical essays written by film scholars. Reviews are frequently intended to offer guidance to filmgoers uncertain about whether to buy a ticket for a particular film; as such, they often summarize the plot, describe the characters, and share the reviewer's subjective emotional response to the film as a whole.
Ways film reviews typically differ from scholarly film criticism:
Reliable sources of high-quality film reviews: