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Film Reviews

Web Sites

  • Catholic News Service: Movie Reviews
    Movie reviews by Catholic News Service and the former Office for Film and Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Educational Media Reviews Online
    A database of video, DVD, audio CD and CD-ROM reviews, written by librarians and teachers, of materials from major educational and documentary distributors and independent filmmakers.
  • Entertainment Weekly: Movies
    Limited access to movie reviews but you can see the "ratings" for free, including boxoffice earnings.
  • filmfodder
    Reviews of current movies by a group of unaffiliated nonprofessional movie aficionados. Searchable reviews are archived by week.
  • The Four Word Film Review
    Over 250,000 four word film reviews submitted by people like you.
  • Motion Picture Association of America: Film Ratings
    The organization that gives the G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 ratings to movies. Allows you to search for a movie by title and tells you why each film received its rating.
  • Movie Review Query Engine
    A searchable index of all published and available movie reviews, MRQE aggregates reviews, news, interviews, blog content and other movie-related material. Free registration allows users to access movie-specific forums and publish their own reviews.
  • Reviews
    Tallies up reviews from magazines as positive/negative/mixed and gives the final score for each movie.
  • New York Times: Movie Reviews
    A searchable database of movie reviews that have recently appeared in the paper.
  • New Yorker: Movie
    The New Yorker Film File collects nearly two thousand short reviews of films release from 1990 to the present. Reviews are arranged alphabetically.
  • Reel
    The art of choosing movies. Reel will recommend movies to you based on the ones you liked.
  • Roger Ebert on Movies
    Search Roger Ebert's movie reviews since 1985.
  • Rotten Tomatoes
    Movie reviews from the nation's top print and online film critics, recommendations and news, with more than 100,000 titles and 360,000 review links in its ever-growing database.

Pittsburgh Resources


Selected Books

Annual Guides

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
This indispensable film guide comes out annually. Read more about Leonard Maltin at his website.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
This is another comprehensive film guide that comes out annually.
Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook
Reviews that originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Guides to Best Movies

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
PN1998.A16 2011x
This guide is updated every year or so, the authors have a British bent and you can see the list of movies on the website.
Maltin, Leonard
Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen
PN1998.M275 2010
Leonard Maltin concentrates on independent, foreign, and documentary films from the last few decades that are now more readily available.
Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965
PN1998.L359 2010x
This updated Classic Movie Guide covers thousands of films both familiar and obscure.
The Village Voice Film Guide: 50 Years of Movies from Classics to Cult Hits
PN1998.V47 2007
The Village Voice, a New York City alternative weekly, featured well-written, serious movie reviews.

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Guides by Genre

The Film and Audio Department has a variety of film reference books that are always available. Our collection includes the Rough Guide series: handy little books that offer background information and histories of different film genres, along with great lists and descriptions of popular films and classics that you may have missed.

The 100 Greatest Western Movies of All Time: Including Five You've Never Heard of
PN1995.9.W4 A18 2011
This collection of best westerns has been selected by the editors of American Cowboy magazine, and they should know.
The Rough Guide to American Independent Film
PN1993.5.U6 W57
Unconventional, controversial and often downright disturbing, indie films have given us some of cinema's most innovative and influential moments.
The Rough Guide to Chick Flicks
r PN1995.9.W6 C64 2006
The Rough Guide to Chick Flicks is a lively guide to the movies women love, from melodramas to biopics, thrillers to rom-coms. Sassy, informed and occasionally unexpected, it celebrates women's films of every kind.
The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies
PN1995.9.C55 M385 2005
Cracking open a whole barrel-load of movie mirth, The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies gives you the ultimate lowdown on laughter in the cinema, from Airplane! to Withnail and I, and from John Belushi to Billy Wilder.
The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
r PN1998.R68 2004x
Cult movies are generally films that are out of the mainstream and sometimes controversial but that have an extremely devoted group of fans. They are arranged here by topic. A new version (2010) is available electronically.
The Rough Guide to Film Musicals
PN1995.9.M86 P375 2007
From the magic of Astaire and the pathos of Garland to the flair of Fosse, The Rough Guide to Film Musicals is the perfect companion to cinema's most spectacular genre, revealing how an escapist entertainment became Hollywood's most ingenious art form. This is also available electronically.
The Rough Guide to Gangster Movies
PN1995.9.G3 R68 1st ed. (2005)
From The Godfather to Get Carter, tales of organized crime have produced many of the big screen's greatest films and most memorable moments. The Rough Guide to Gangster Movies gives you the low-down on all aspects of the genre.
The Rough Guide to Horror Movies
PN1995.9.H6 R675 1st ed. (2005)
The Rough Guide to Horror Movies is a comprehensive guide to the world's scariest films, conjuring up vampires, monsters, ghosts and zombies. Includes origins, history, 50 essential movies, and the icons.
The Rough Guide to Kids' Movies
r PN1998.S497 2004
100s of movies and DVDs reviewed from The Wizard of Oz to Harry Potter
The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies
PN1995.9.S26 R57 1st ed. (2005)
The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies is a comprehensive companion to the 'final frontier' of film, exploring cinema's fascination with space exploration, time travel and fantastical worlds. It includes the origins, the history, the canon (50 essential movies), the locations and the icons.
The Rough Guide to Westerns
r PN1995.9.W4 S54 2006
The Rough Guide to Westerns is the ultimate companion to the genre that has, since the birth of cinema, fed our fascination with the Wild West. It includes the origins, history, the canon (50 essential westerns), and the icons.

Browse the Catalog

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