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SPAN 421W/LACS 421W Mexican National Cinema

This guide is intended to help the students in Dr. Torres Rodriguez's Fall 2023 course with their research

Welcome to the Mexican National Cinema Research Guide

Roma   Source: - Accessed 18 Oct 2023.

Film Criticism vs. Film Reviews

Film criticism and film review are often used interchangeably however they are quite different in a number of ways. 

Film Criticism: 

Film criticism is the scholarly and in depth analysis of film usually published in academic articles and books years later. The criticism can focus on a single film, a genre of films, a director's or actor's oeuvre and more. It is often framed through the lenses of film theory.

Quote: "Film criticism will tend to discuss the film in its entirety and seek to deepen, reveal, expand, sharpen, and/or confront, a potential viewer's understanding in a way that goes beyond simply deciding whether or not the film is worth seeing" (Dictionary of Film Studies). 

Example: Knapp, Jeffrey. "'Throw That Junk!' the Art of the Movie in Citizen Kane." Representations, vol. 122, no. 1, Spring 2013, pp. 110-142.

Film/Movie Review:

A movie review is is usually published in popular magazines, newspapers or online often on the day of a film's release. It provides a plot synopsis and often a rating or recommendation

Quote: "A film review will usually be produced after one viewing and is primarily designed to help potential viewers decide whether or not to watch the film" (Dictionary of Film Studies). 

Example: Flin. "Film reviews: Citizen Kane." Variety, vol. 142, no. 6, 16 April 1941, p. 16.

*Taken from the University of Washington Libraries Cinema Studies Research Guide "Film Criticism" accessed 18 Oct 2023.