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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert (right) with Russ Meyer in 1970.
Born Roger Joseph Ebert
June 18, 1942 (1942-06-18) (age 67)
Urbana, Illinois, United States
Occupation Author, Journalist, Film historian, Film critic, Screenwriter
Nationality American
Subjects Film
Notable work(s) The Great Movies; The Great Movies II; Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Notable award(s) Pulitzer Prize for film criticism
Spouse(s) Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert
(July 18, 1992  – present)
Official website
.Roger Joseph Ebert (pronounced /ˈiːbərt/; born June 18, 1942) is an American film critic and screenwriter.^ Film critic Roger Ebert and Director Martin Scorsese attend the Roger Ebert Conference Center...
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^ Roger Ebert has stated over and over again that: "A Maxivision 48 film looks 4 times better than the usual image shown at the typical theater".
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.He is known for his film review column (appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and later online)[3] and for the television programs Sneak Previews, At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, and Siskel and Ebert and The Movies, all of which he co-hosted for a combined 23 years with Gene Siskel.^ Ebert was supposed to be reviewing the film, right?
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^ Ebert's a professional and has been reviewing movies for a very long time.
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^ Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) Chicago Sun Times ^ .
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.After Siskel's death in 1999, Ebert teamed with Richard Roeper for the television series Ebert & Roeper & the Movies, which began airing in 2000. Although his name remained in the title, Ebert did not appear on the show after mid-2006, when he suffered post-surgical complications related to thyroid cancer which left him unable to speak.^ Michael Moore documentaries) INTERVIEW: (Political) Roger Ebert interview (from the Progressive Q: If you were putting on a progressive film festival, what movies would you show?
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^ It is about a prince named Rama who treated Sita shamefully, although she loved him and was faithful to him.
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^ Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 3:59 pm Post subject: TWO THUMBS UP - EBERT & ROEPER .
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.Ebert ended his association with the show in July 2008,[4] but in February 2009 he stated that he and Roeper would continue their work on a new show.^ October 21st, 2008 2:52 pm ET Long ago I noticed Ebert give a review that clearly showed that he had not watched the whole movie.
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^ We are showing the film at the U.S. Embassy in London on July 29, with Nina participating in a Q and A afterwards via digital video conference from New York.
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.Ebert's movie reviews are syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and worldwide.^ In the 70's and 80's I watched Siskel & Ebert religiously but have found in the past 8 to 10 years that he has developed something of a populist or pro-studio angle that has caused me to see his reviews as more entertainment than informational.
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^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ October 21st, 2008 2:52 pm ET Long ago I noticed Ebert give a review that clearly showed that he had not watched the whole movie.
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.He has written more than 15 books, including his annual movie yearbook which is predominantly a collection of his reviews of that year.^ So do movie and book reviewers.
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^ In the 70's and 80's I watched Siskel & Ebert religiously but have found in the past 8 to 10 years that he has developed something of a populist or pro-studio angle that has caused me to see his reviews as more entertainment than informational.
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^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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.In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.^ I found myself wondering whether his criticisms were warranted or whether we're dealing with a nontraditional film approach that is simply more nontraditional than Ebert could accept.
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^ It seems that Ebert reviewed the film , ticking off its deficiencies one by one, and then - in a twist - revealed that he’d only seen the first eight minutes.
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^ October 21st, 2008 3:05 pm ET ebert mentioned that he had only watch the first right minutes of the film at the end of the review; of which i skimmed most of.
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His television programs have been widely syndicated and have been nominated for Emmy awards. In February 1995, a section of Chicago's Erie Street near the CBS Studios was given the honorary name Siskel & Ebert Way. In June 2005, Ebert was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. .He was the first professional film critic to receive such an award.^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ October 21st, 2008 3:57 pm ET I have a lot of respect for Ebert and I love his books, but it is his job as a professional critic is to review the film in its entirety, not the first few minutes.
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^ However my favorite Miyazaki film is his first, "Castle of Cagliostro", which does not receive enough attention.
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.In late 2007, Forbes Magazine named Ebert "the most powerful pundit in America," edging out Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs and Geraldo Rivera.^ "Team America" makes them out to be world-movers -- and then bestows martyrdom upon them by treating them to the most spectacular, ego-gratifying deaths imaginable.
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^ The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert THE WIT & INSIGHTS OF ROGER EBERT Roger Ebert is one of America's most respected film critics.
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[6] He has honorary degrees from the University of Colorado, the AFI Conservatory, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
.Since 1994, he has written a Great Movies series of individual reviews of what he deems to be the most important films of all time.^ Deep in heart, this is my favourite animation movie of all time, maybe only the movie "laputa" by master Miyazaki could come close.
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^ I agree that all he had to say was that he couldn't make it through more than 8 minutes and was therefore refraining from reviewing the movie.
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^ Hell, if all i have to do is watch 8 minutes of a movie, write a full length review and get paid for it sign me up.
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.This list and his associated reviews have now expanded to include over 300 movies.^ This article perhaps now explains a bit more to me as to why I haven't trusted reviewers to impact my movie viewing.
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.Since 1999, he has hosted the annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois.^ Film critic Roger Ebert and Director Martin Scorsese attend the Roger Ebert Conference Center...
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^ Ebert: On a panel at the Calcutta Film Festival, it was a real treat to hear pure theory debated.
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^ Roger Ebert has stated over and over again that: "A Maxivision 48 film looks 4 times better than the usual image shown at the typical theater".
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Early life and education

Ebert was born in Urbana, Illinois, the son of Annabel (née Stumm) and Walter H. Ebert.[7] His paternal grandparents were German immigrants.[8] .His interest in journalism began as a student at Urbana High School, where he was a sports writer for The News-Gazette in Champaign, Illinois; however, he began his writing career with letters of comment to the science fiction fanzines of the era.^ (Star Wars: A New Hope) In the glory days of science fiction, critics wrote about the 'sense of wonder'.
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^ Like a lot of traditional science fiction, it isn't psychologically complex or even very interested in personalities (aside from some obvious character traits).
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^ Friday Night Lights - People who like sports movies will love Friday Night Lights, But so will people who don't like sports movies and would never think of seeing a high school football game.
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[3] In his senior year he was co-editor of his high school newspaper, The Echo.
In 1958, Ebert won the Illinois High School Association state speech championship in Radio Speaking, an event that simulates radio newscasts.[9]
.As a teenager, Ebert was involved in science fiction fandom,[10] writing articles for fanzines, including Richard A. Lupoff's Xero.^ By Lenord Robinson on September 27, 2009 10:17 PM Thanks for the great article, Mr. Ebert.
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Ebert received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was editor of The Daily Illini[11] and member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. .One of the first movie reviews he ever wrote was a review of La dolce vita, published in The Daily Illini in October 1961.[12] After Ebert wrote an article on the death of writer Brendan Behan for Chicago Daily News editor Herman Kogan, Ebert was given a job as a reporter and feature writer at the Sun-Times in 1966. After movie critic Eleanor Keane left the paper, editor Robert Zonk gave the job to Ebert.^ One time I watched the first 10 minutes of a new movie called "The Sting".
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^ Ebert's a professional and has been reviewing movies for a very long time.
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Career

.Ebert began his professional critic career in 1967, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times.^ Ebert is an example of what happens to career critics.
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^ This is what they get paid to do, and it speaks very badly of both Ebert AND the Chicago Sun-Times editor who allowed his review to be printed.
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^ Ebert's a professional and has been reviewing movies for a very long time.
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.That same year, Ebert's first book, a history of the University of Illinois titled Illini Century: One Hundred Years of Campus Life was published by the University's press.^ Little Black Book is one of the year's biggest surprises, a deliciously funny yet honest, poignant and irresistible romantic comedy.
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^ Sideways - Sideways is by far the year's best American moviewith one of the most poignant falling-in-love duets in movie history.
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^ Valentin - The writing is tremendous Shrek 2 - A dazzling visual feast, a first-rate comedy...one of the most entertaining movies of the year.
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In 1969, his review of Night of the Living Dead[13] was published in Reader's Digest.
.Ebert co-wrote the screenplay for the 1970 Russ Meyer film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and likes to joke about being responsible for the film, which was poorly received on its release but is now regarded as a cult classic.^ I would think there are enough films out there that Ebert COULD sit through that he could write about.
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^ October 21st, 2008 2:41 pm ET Mr. Ebert is regarded (up until now?
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^ October 21st, 2008 1:28 pm ET This is about what Mr Ebert believes his responsibility to the public has come to.
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Ebert and Meyer also made Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens, Up!, and others, and were involved in the ill-fated Sex Pistols movie Who Killed Bambi?
Roger Ebert, Peter O'Toole, and Jason Patric at the 2004 Savannah Film Festival
.Since the 1970s, Ebert has worked for the University of Chicago as a guest lecturer, teaching a night class on film.^ Since you're my role model as a film critic and journalist, it is a thrill for me to have you recognize my work.
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His fall 2005 class was on the works of the German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
.In 1975, Ebert and Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune began co-hosting a weekly film review television show, Sneak Previews, which was locally produced by the Chicago public broadcasting station WTTW.^ Michael Moore documentaries) INTERVIEW: (Political) Roger Ebert interview (from the Progressive Q: If you were putting on a progressive film festival, what movies would you show?
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^ By Roger Pratt on July 17, 2009 5:41 PM Saw "Sita Sings the Blues" last week here in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
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^ MICHAEL WILMINGTON (Chicago Tribune) Weekly Reviews ( 2003 27 Quotes ) (2004 - 31 Quotes) QUOTES The Big Bounce Refreshing and icy-cool, a sinful pleasure.
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The show was picked up by PBS in 1978 for national distribution. .In 1982, the critics moved to a syndicated commercial television show named At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, and in 1986 they left to create Siskel & Ebert & The Movies with Buena Vista Television (part of Disney).^ Ebert is a movie critic, not God.
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^ These ten best lists for movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert have been collected from various postings in the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.movies.
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^ October 21st, 2008 2:52 pm ET Long ago I noticed Ebert give a review that clearly showed that he had not watched the whole movie.
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.The duo was known for their "thumbs up/thumbs down" review summaries.^ He seems to judge most movies on a nostalgia scale, comparing them with classics made decades ago, and when the newer movies come up short in his mind, they get a thumbs-down or lackluster review.
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^ Reading about this also helped me understand why Ebert's reviews tend toward simplistic and boil down to thumbs up and down.
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.When Siskel died in 1999, the producers retitled the show Roger Ebert & the Movies with rotating co-hosts.^ Roger Ebert is old and he's dying.
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^ October 21st, 2008 2:52 pm ET Long ago I noticed Ebert give a review that clearly showed that he had not watched the whole movie.
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^ (Barbershop) Just like the first movie, this is like a talk show where everybody is the host.
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.In September 2000, fellow Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper became the permanent co-host and the show was renamed At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper.^ RICHARD ROEPER (Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert & Roeper) Roepers Daily Columns ( 2003 40 Quotes ) (2004 45 Quotes) QUOTES The Passion of the Christ - A powerful and important film, helmed by a man with a sincere heart and a warrior's sense of justice.| Secret Window - Depp is amazing to watch.
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^ (Barbershop) Just like the first movie, this is like a talk show where everybody is the host.
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^ His reviews appear in the Chicago Sun Times newspaper.
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On January 31, 2009, Ebert was made an honorary life member of the Directors Guild of America during the group's annual awards ceremony.[14]
Ebert ended his association with Disney in July 2008, after the studio indicated they wished to take At the Movies in a new direction. .He and the widow of Gene Siskel still own the trademark phrase "Two Thumbs Up."^ I brought my two young daughters with me, and they give it two thumbs up as well.
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^ TWO THUMBS UP! ( 2003 71 Quotes / 12 Two Big Thumbs Up or Way Up!
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^ Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 3:59 pm Post subject: TWO THUMBS UP - EBERT & ROEPER .
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[4] .On February 18, 2009, Ebert reported that he and Roeper would soon announce a new movie review program.^ October 21st, 2008 2:52 pm ET Long ago I noticed Ebert give a review that clearly showed that he had not watched the whole movie.
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^ Michael Moore documentaries) INTERVIEW: (Political) Roger Ebert interview (from the Progressive Q: If you were putting on a progressive film festival, what movies would you show?
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^ More Ebert quotes via TC Candler at "Critical Mass Movie Reviews" > > Return to Quotes index, or Site homepage.
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Style of critique and personal tastes

.Ebert has been challenged on the ratings he has assigned to films, as in an August 2004 Stephen King column, in which King criticized what he saw as a growing trend of leniency by critics, including Ebert, of giving four star ratings to films King considered undeserving of this, such as Spider-Man 2.^ I trust Mr. Ebert to give me what information I need to make such a choice.
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^ I found myself wondering whether his criticisms were warranted or whether we're dealing with a nontraditional film approach that is simply more nontraditional than Ebert could accept.
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^ He reviewed the first 8 minutes of the film, and stated plainly that his star rating was just for the first 8 minutes.
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[15] .Ebert has described his critical approach to films as "relative, not absolute"; he reviews a film for what he feels will be its prospective audience, yet always with at least some consideration as to its value as a whole.^ Ebert was supposed to be reviewing the film, right?
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^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ I disagree with him on some things, but if something sucks this bad it deserves none of his time, or at least just enough to warrant a bad review.
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.He awards four stars to films of the highest quality, and generally a half star to those of the lowest unless he considers the film to be "artistically inept" and/or "morally repugnant", in which case it will receive no stars.^ He gave it ZERO stars (the lowest he can go) because he absoluted hated the politics of this film.
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^ To receive no stars, it must be, in my opinion, somehow immoral.
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^ The lowest rating a movie can receive for being bad is one-half star.
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When you ask a friend if Hellboy is any good, you're not asking if it's any good compared to Mystic River, you're asking if it's any good compared to The Punisher.^ When you ask a friend if "Hellboy" is any good, you're not asking if it's any good compared to "Mystic River," you're asking if it's any good compared to "The Punisher."
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^ We think others would too, so we're writing to ask you to post the same to Netflix and/or Amazon to encourage other viewers to watch this amazing film.
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^ (Picture Perfect) "You ever have the kind of friend where for a long time you shake your head in admiration and then gradually realize you're shaking your head in despair?
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.And my answer would be, on a scale of one to four, if Superman is four, then Hellboy is three and The Punisher is two.^ THe fair answer would be some kind of sliding scale, with one low rate for an independent like Nina Paley, and perhaps a rising rate table for wealthier producers.
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^ I wonder if my boss would buy that one?
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^ Given my theory of the star rating system, which suggests movies should be rated by their genres, "Slither" gets two if "28 Days Later" gets three.
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.In the same way, if American Beauty gets four stars, then [The United States of Leland] clocks in at about two.^ In the same way, if "American Beauty" gets four stars, then "Leland" clocks in at about two...
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^ Now we have a movie about two homosexuals that follows the same reliable convention.
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^ Garden State - Zach Braff is the writer, director and star of Garden State and in all three ways he's a fresh, unconventional talent.
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[17]
.Ebert has emphasized that his star ratings have little meaning if not considered in the context of the review itself.^ He reviewed the first 8 minutes of the film, and stated plainly that his star rating was just for the first 8 minutes.
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^ (Hmm...I guess that means I reviewed Ebert and without reading his blog first.
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^ Again, I'd like Mr. Ebert to say so, in the review itself.
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.Occasionally (as in his review of Basic Instinct 2), Ebert's star rating may seem at odds with his written opinion.^ He reviewed the first 8 minutes of the film, and stated plainly that his star rating was just for the first 8 minutes.
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^ Ebert's obligation is to his readers not to the filmmakers and it seems that his review is honest and that's all we should expect from a reviewer.
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^ It seems that Ebert reviewed the film , ticking off its deficiencies one by one, and then - in a twist - revealed that he’d only seen the first eight minutes.
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.Ebert has acknowledged such cases, stating, "I cannot recommend the movie, but ...^ Ebert found enough in the first 8 minutes to know it was not a movie he would recommend to anyone.
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^ I cannot recommend the movie, but...
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^ Theories and principles are lovely to state and use in the case of arguments such as this but when it comes down to it, we are always influence in small and large ways by the opinions of others.
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why the hell can't .I? Just because it's godawful?^ I? Just because it's godawful?
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.What kind of reason is that for staying away from a movie?^ What kind of reason is that for staying away from a movie?
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.Godawful and boring, that would be a reason."^ Godawful and boring, that would be a reason.
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[18] .In his review of The Manson Family, he gave the film three stars for achieving what it set out to do, but admitted that didn't count as a recommendation per se.^ He obviously didn't see the film getting any better, and was big enough to admit he didn't stay to find out if he was wrong.
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^ He reviewed the first 8 minutes of the film, and stated plainly that his star rating was just for the first 8 minutes.
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^ That would have set up the rest of the review and probably have said more about the film than anything else he pointed out.
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.He similarly gave the Adam Sandler-starring remake of The Longest Yard a positive rating of three stars, but in his review, which he wrote soon after attending the Cannes Film Festival, he recommended readers not see the film because they had access to more satisfying cinematic experiences.^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ Some people rely on those reviews before plunking down $10 to see the film.
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^ He gave it ZERO stars (the lowest he can go) because he absoluted hated the politics of this film.
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[19]
.Ebert has reprinted his starred reviews in movie guides.^ October 21st, 2008 2:52 pm ET Long ago I noticed Ebert give a review that clearly showed that he had not watched the whole movie.
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^ More Ebert quotes via TC Candler at "Critical Mass Movie Reviews" > > Return to Quotes index, or Site homepage.
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^ I think Mr. Ebert is paid to watch movies and write reviews.
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In his appearances on The Howard Stern Show, he was frequently challenged to defend his ratings. .Ebert stood by his opinions with one notable exception—when Stern pointed out that Ebert had given The Godfather Part II a three-star rating in 1974, but had subsequently given The Godfather Part III three and a half stars.^ Ebert was making this point by reviewing a movie after seeing only the first part.
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^ Given my theory of the star rating system, which suggests movies should be rated by their genres, "Slither" gets two if "28 Days Later" gets three.
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^ The lowest rating a movie can receive for being bad is one-half star.
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.Ebert later added The Godfather Part II to his "Great Movies" list in October, 2008 stating that his original review has often been cited as proof of his "worthlessness" but he still hasn't changed his mind and wouldn't change a word of his original review.^ October 21st, 2008 12:43 pm ET I like reviews by Ebert and I think imo he has the right to choose whatever methods to review a film.
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^ October 21st, 2008 2:52 pm ET Long ago I noticed Ebert give a review that clearly showed that he had not watched the whole movie.
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^ October 21st, 2008 1:33 pm ET How else is there to review something?
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[20]
.Ebert has occasionally accused some films of having an unwholesome political agenda, and the word "fascist" accompanied more than one of Ebert's reviews of the law-and-order films of the 1970s such as Dirty Harry.^ Ebert was supposed to be reviewing the film, right?
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^ (And one's sense of humor is even more personal than one's politics.
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^ (Equilibrium) # FILM REVIEWS "Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash.
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He is also suspicious of films that are passed off as art, but which he sees as merely lurid and sensational. Ebert has leveled this charge against such films as The Night Porter.[21]
.Ebert's reviews can clash with the overall reception of movies, as evidenced by his one-star review of the celebrated 1986 David Lynch film Blue Velvet ("marred by sophomoric satire and cheap shots...^ Ebert was supposed to be reviewing the film, right?
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^ October 21st, 2008 12:43 pm ET I like reviews by Ebert and I think imo he has the right to choose whatever methods to review a film.
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^ October 21st, 2008 2:52 pm ET Long ago I noticed Ebert give a review that clearly showed that he had not watched the whole movie.
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in a way, [director Lynch's] behavior is more sadistic than the Hopper character").[22] He was dismissive of the popular 1988 Bruce Willis action film Die Hard ("inappropriate and wrongheaded interruptions reveal the fragile nature of the plot").[23] .Meanwhile, Ebert's positive review of 1997's Speed 2: Cruise Control ("Movies like this embrace goofiness with an almost sensual pleasure")[24] is the only one accounting for that film's 2% approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes critical website.^ Ebert was supposed to be reviewing the film, right?
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^ His movies almost play like great silent films.
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^ (Equilibrium) # FILM REVIEWS "Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash.
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[25]
.Ebert often makes heavy use of mocking sarcasm, especially when reviewing movies he considers bad.^ October 21st, 2008 2:52 pm ET Long ago I noticed Ebert give a review that clearly showed that he had not watched the whole movie.
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^ I think Mr. Ebert is paid to watch movies and write reviews.
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^ Ebert was making this point by reviewing a movie after seeing only the first part.
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At other times he is direct, famously in his review of the 1994 Rob Reiner comedy North, which he concluded by writing that:
I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. .Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it.^ I make this observation because nine out of ten children's movies are stupid, witless, and display contempt for their audiences, and that's why kids hate them.
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Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. .Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.^ Would anyone even know about half of the things these entertainers say if it weren't for the ranting and raving of their detractors?
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[26]
.Ebert's reviews are also often characterized by dry wit.^ October 21st, 2008 12:55 pm ET Ebert often has plot points and details wrong when reviewing a movie.
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[27] In January 2005, when Rob Schneider insulted Los Angeles Times movie critic Patrick Goldstein, who panned his movie Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, by commenting that the critic was unqualified because he had never won the Pulitzer Prize, Ebert intervened by stating that, as a Pulitzer winner, he was qualified to review the film, and bluntly told Schneider, "Your movie sucks."[28] Ebert and Schneider would later mend fences regarding this.[29][30][2] (See "Personal life" below.)
.Ebert has been known to comment on films using his own Roman Catholic upbringing[31] as a point of reference, and has been critical of films he believes are grossly ignorant or insulting of Catholicism, such as Stigmata[32] and Priest,[33] though he has given favorable reviews of controversial films with themes or references to Jesus and Catholicism, including The Passion of the Christ,[34] The Last Temptation of Christ, and to Kevin Smith's religious satire Dogma.^ Ebert was supposed to be reviewing the film, right?
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^ (Equilibrium) # FILM REVIEWS "Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash.
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^ I also fully believe that, as you stated in response to some of the comments contending that this take on the story is offensive, one really has to see before one judges, whether the work be "The Last Temptation of Christ," "The Passion of the Christ," or the work presently in question.
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[35] However, Ebert identifies himself today as an agnostic.[31]
He often includes personal anecdotes in his reviews when he considers them relevant. He has occasionally written reviews in the forms of stories, poems, songs,[36] scripts, open letters,[37][38] or imagined conversations.[39][40] .He has written many essays and articles exploring the field of film criticism in depth.^ One can only wonder how many other films Ebert has written of–either postitively or negatively–with equally truncated viewing.
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.Ebert has been accused by some horror movie fans of bourgeois elitism in his dismissal of what he calls "Dead Teenager Movies". Ebert has clarified that he does not disparage horror movies as a whole, but that he draws a distinction between films like Nosferatu and The Silence of the Lambs, which he regards as "masterpieces", and films which he feels consist of nothing more than groups of teenagers being killed off with the exception of one survivor to populate a sequel.^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ I agree that all he had to say was that he couldn't make it through more than 8 minutes and was therefore refraining from reviewing the movie.
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^ Some things, like films, books or even albums don't come together completely until you've taken it all in.
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[41]
.Ebert has indicated that his favorite film is Citizen Kane, although he has expressed ambivalence in naming this film in answer to this question, preferring to emphasize it as "the most important" film.^ Although ~ at nearly 60 ~ I am clearly outside the film's target audience, these questions make me want to see the film when it comes around.
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^ It is a gorgeous film to look at, although it's not exactly coherent most of the time.
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^ October 21st, 2008 3:05 pm ET ebert mentioned that he had only watch the first right minutes of the film at the end of the review; of which i skimmed most of.
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[42] His favorite actor is Robert Mitchum, and his favorite actress is Ingrid Bergman.[43] .Ebert has emphasized his general distaste for "top ten" lists, and all movie lists in general,[42] but due to his participation in the 2002 Sight and Sound Directors' poll, he has revealed his top-ten films (alphabetically): Aguirre, Wrath of God; Apocalypse Now; Citizen Kane; Dekalog; La dolce vita; The General; Raging Bull; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Tokyo Story; and Vertigo.^ Now its citizens can laugh and cry at the movies.
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^ A terrific movie with Tarantino at the top of his form and Uma Thurman like a force of nature in a film that I think is even better than Volume 1.
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^ It's brilliant at what it does, and in a technical way maybe it's breaking ground for a generation of movies in which computer-generated universes will be the background for mind-generated stories about emotion-generated personalities.
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[44]
.Ebert has long been an admirer of director Werner Herzog, whom he supported through many years when Herzog's popularity had been eclipsed.^ Ebert is one of the movie critics that people have listened to for a great many years, and if he cannot make it through the entirety of a movie because its that horrible (to him), why is it such a controversy.
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.He conducted an onstage public "conversation" with Herzog at the Telluride Film Festival in 2004, after a screening of Herzog's film Invincible at the Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival.^ Ebert: On a panel at the Calcutta Film Festival, it was a real treat to hear pure theory debated.
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^ Kudos to Roger Ebert for choosing such a wonderful film for his festival this year!
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.Herzog dedicated his 2008 film Encounters at the End of the World to Ebert, and Ebert responded with a heartfelt public letter of gratitude.^ October 21st, 2008 12:43 pm ET I like reviews by Ebert and I think imo he has the right to choose whatever methods to review a film.
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^ October 21st, 2008 1:28 pm ET This is about what Mr Ebert believes his responsibility to the public has come to.
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^ October 21st, 2008 2:26 pm ET Ebert showed good journalistic ethics by coming clean that he only saw part of the film.
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[45]
.In 2005, answering a question from a reader, Ebert opined that video games are not art, and are inferior to traditional art forms created through authorial control, such as film and literature, stating, "video games can be elegant, subtle, sophisticated, challenging and visually wonderful", but "the nature of the medium prevents it from moving beyond craftsmanship to the stature of art".[46] This inspired a variety of angry letters from video game enthusiasts.^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ I can't imagine being able to review any long-form piece of art without seeing it through to the creator's full picture.
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^ Roger Ebert has stated over and over again that: "A Maxivision 48 film looks 4 times better than the usual image shown at the typical theater".
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[47] .Writer Clive Barker also defended video games as an art form, stating that they have the power to move people, that the views of book or film critics are less important than those of the consumers experiencing them, and that Ebert's were prejudiced.^ What infuriates me -- as a critic and as a citizen -- is when people (especially friends who are film critics) abandon the standards of critical thinking they apply to movies when it comes to politics.
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^ The best film Michael Moore has made so far, a powerful and passionate expression of outraged patriotism Spider-Man 2 - It is better than the original and also superior to other comic book movies.
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^ There's no advertising more convincing than the words of an intelligent film critic.
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.Ebert responded that the charge of prejudice was merely a euphemism for disagreement, that merely being moved by an experience does not denote it as artistic, and that critics are also consumers.^ Any critic is a human being first, bringing his or her own experiences and predilections to the theater just like any other moviegoer.
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^ As Ebert wrote in an Answer Man column , responding to criticism of his review of " Fahrenheit 9/11 ": "Moore's film comes labeled as partisan and subjective.
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[48]

Views on the film industry

.Ebert is an outspoken opponent of the Motion Picture Association of America film rating system.^ The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert THE WIT & INSIGHTS OF ROGER EBERT Roger Ebert is one of America's most respected film critics.
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.He has repeatedly criticized their decisions regarding which movies are "suitable for children."^ Some people might argue that everyone should be able to make their own decisions and as such should not be affected by an outside influence such as a review of a movie by a critic.
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For example, Whale Rider[49] and School of Rock[50] were both rated PG-13 (not recommended for children under the age of 13), while he thought both were inoffensive enough for schoolchildren and contained positive messages for that age group. .In his review of The Exorcist, Ebert said it was "stupefying" that the film received a rating of "R" from the MPAA instead of an "X" (suitable only for adults).^ You can read Ebert's reviews and other writings on the Web site of the Chicago Sun-Times, where he's been a film critic since 1967.
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^ When completed, the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies will teach film criticism, history, exhibition and production, officials said.
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.He has frequently argued that the MPAA is more likely to give an "R" rating for mild sexual content than for highly violent content.^ (The Triplets of Belleville) A film director, like an orchestra conductor, is the lord of his domain, and no director has more power than a director of animated films.
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^ No other actor, male or female, has more sexual chemistry with the camera than Monroe...
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^ October 21st, 2008 1:21 pm ET Ebert has more than enough credibility to do something like this.
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.In his review of The Passion of the Christ (to which he awarded a perfect four stars), he was quoted as saying: "I said the film is the most violent I have ever seen.^ But how many films has he reviewed and not seen?
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^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ David Edelstein, film critic for "MSN Slate" # LINKS > > Quotes from Roger's reviews of Teen films > > Check out Roger's recently launched official website.
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The MPAA's R rating is definitive proof that the organization either will never give the NC-17 rating for violence alone, or was intimidated by the subject matter. .If it had been anyone other than Jesus up on that cross, I have a feeling that NC-17 would have been automatic."^ I sometimes have the peculiar feeling that the kids in Hughes's movies are more grown up than the adults in most of the other ones.
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^ That would have set up the rest of the review and probably have said more about the film than anything else he pointed out.
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[34]
.He also frequently laments that cinemas outside major cities are "booked by computer from Hollywood with no regard for local tastes", making high-quality independent and foreign films virtually unavailable to most American moviegoers.^ It can also take our minds outside their shells, and this film by Stanley Kubrick is one of the great visionary experiences in the cinema.
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^ This means the "girl" probably didn't make the film as a high school class project.
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^ (Dark City) One of the most extraordinary worlds ever created in a film...
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[51]
.Ebert is a strong advocate for Maxivision 48, in which the movie projector runs at 48 frames per second, as compared to the usual 24 frames per second.^ This is a film projector that shows movies at 48 frames per second, twice as fast as the normal 24 fps.
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^ Roger Ebert has stated over and over again that: "A Maxivision 48 film looks 4 times better than the usual image shown at the typical theater".
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^ Second – you cannot compare movie and book reviews simply because of the time requirements to completely take in each media.
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.He is opposed to the practice whereby theatres lower the intensity of their projector bulbs in order to extend the life of the bulb, arguing that this has little effect other than to make the film harder to see.^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ Although ~ at nearly 60 ~ I am clearly outside the film's target audience, these questions make me want to see the film when it comes around.
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^ That sentence was enough to make me want to see this film.
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[52] .Ebert has been skeptical of the recent resurgence of 3D effects in film, which he has found unrealistic and distracting.^ I found myself wondering whether his criticisms were warranted or whether we're dealing with a nontraditional film approach that is simply more nontraditional than Ebert could accept.
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[53]

Film and TV appearances

.Ebert has done DVD audio commentaries for several films, including Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Dark City, Floating Weeds, Crumb, and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (for which Ebert also wrote the screenplay, based on a story that he co-wrote with Russ Meyer).^ (Dark City) One of the most extraordinary worlds ever created in a film...
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^ Actually, reviewing "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", perhaps not.
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^ I continue to find it fascinating how film noir, a genre born in the 1940s, has such a hammerlock on the future (look at "Dark City" again).
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.Ebert was also interviewed by Central Park Media for an extra feature on the DVD release of the anime film Grave of the Fireflies.^ Michael Moore documentaries) INTERVIEW: (Political) Roger Ebert interview (from the Progressive Q: If you were putting on a progressive film festival, what movies would you show?
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^ (Unlike the "South Park" feature, which was aimed at adults, this R-rated film will be funniest to kids who've persuaded their parents or guardians to take them.
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^ And "Grave of the Fireflies," directed by Isao Takahata, is certainly one of the most powerful and heartbreaking films I've ever seen, animated or otherwise.
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.On the day of the Academy Awards, Ebert and Roeper typically appear on the live pre-awards show, An Evening at the Academy Awards: The Arrivals. This airs prior to the awards ceremony show, which also features red carpet interviews and fashion commentary.^ Do you know if "SITA" is eligible to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film?
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.They also appear on the post-awards show entitled An Evening at the Academy Awards: The Winners.^ Academy Award winners Holly Hunter and Kathy Bates lead a terrific supporting cast.
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.Both shows are produced and aired by the American Broadcasting Company-owned Los Angeles station KABC-TV.^ It was genius by Cartoon Network standards, and solid by anyone's standards; it's rare to see an American animated TV show so unique and preserving of artistic integrity.
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.This show also airs on WLS-TV as well as the network's other owned stations along with being syndicated to several ABC affiliates and other broadcasters outside the country.^ It was genius by Cartoon Network standards, and solid by anyone's standards; it's rare to see an American animated TV show so unique and preserving of artistic integrity.
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^ Any critic is a human being first, bringing his or her own experiences and predilections to the theater just like any other moviegoer.
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^ "The Daily Show" consistently offers a more sophisticated and open discussion and exemplary display of journalistic ethics than any regular TV news broadcast.
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Ebert did not appear on the 2007 show for medical reasons.
.In 1995, Ebert, along with colleague Gene Siskel, guest starred on an episode of the animated TV series The Critic.^ These ten best lists for movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert have been collected from various postings in the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.movies.
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In the episode, Siskel and Ebert split and each wants Jay as his new partner. The episode is a parody of the film Sleepless in Seattle.[54]
In 1996, Ebert appeared in "Pitch", a documentary by acclaimed Canadian film makers Spencer Rice and Kenny Hotz.
In 2003, Ebert had a cameo appearance in the film Abby Singer, in which he recited the white parasol monologue from Citizen Kane.
.Roger Ebert founded his own film festival, Ebertfest, in his home town of Champaign, Illinois and is also a regular fixture at the Hawaii International Film Festival.^ Ebert: On a panel at the Calcutta Film Festival, it was a real treat to hear pure theory debated.
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^ Michael Moore documentaries) INTERVIEW: (Political) Roger Ebert interview (from the Progressive Q: If you were putting on a progressive film festival, what movies would you show?
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^ I obtain Nina Paley's e-mail address and invite the film to my film festival in April 2009 at the University of Illinois, which by perfect synchronicity is in our home town.
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On March 2, 2010, Ebert appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to reveal his Oscar picks.[55]

Personal life

Ebert is married to trial attorney Charlie "Chaz" Hammel-Smith.[31] Chaz Ebert is now vice president of the Ebert Company and has emceed Ebertfest.[56][57]
Ebert is a recovering alcoholic who quit drinking in 1979. He is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and has written some blog entries on the subject.[58]
He has been friends with, and at one time dated, Oprah Winfrey, who credits him with encouraging her to go into syndication.[59] .He is also good friends with film historian and critic Leonard Maltin and considers the book Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide to be the standard of film guide books.^ (D.O.A.) "By directing one good film, you prove that you had a movie inside of you.
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^ Because a guy who is considered to be arguably the best and most recognized reviewer of movies today, had his own TV show, has written numerous books, reviewed thousands of films, and won a Pulitzer is unprofessional.
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^ There are stories out there where critics will say something nice about a movie so that they will be listed in the marketing for that film.
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A supporter of the Democratic Party,[60] Ebert publicly urged liberal filmmaker Michael Moore to give a politically charged acceptance speech at the Academy Awards: "I'd like to see Michael Moore get up there and let 'em have it with both barrels and really let loose and give them a real rabble-rousing speech."[61] During a 2004 visit to The Howard Stern Show, Ebert predicted that the then-junior Illinois senator Barack Obama would be very important to the future of the country.[62]
.He accepts the scientific status of natural selection,[63] and is critical of the Intelligent Design movement,[64] which influences his views of films on the subject.^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ There's no advertising more convincing than the words of an intelligent film critic.
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[65] .He has also stated that people who believe in either creationism or new age beliefs such as crystal healing or astrology are not qualified to be President.^ Contrary to the various posters who seem to believe there is a moral imperative for reviewers to see the entirety of movie, there is no such obligation.
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^ Because the United States is allegedly classless, we use other markers to tell people apart, such as race, jobs or income.
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^ There are people who would appreciate such a film but alas won't get an opportunity.
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[66] Regarding his belief system, he doesn't "want to provide a category for people to apply to me" because he "would not want my convictions reduced to a word" and states "I have never said, although readers have freely informed me I am an atheist, an agnostic, or at the very least a secular humanist — which I am".[67]
.During a 1996 panel at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Conference on World Affairs, Ebert coined The Boulder Pledge, by which he vowed never to purchase anything offered through the result of an unsolicited email message, or to forward chain emails or mass emails to others.^ Yahoo Internet Life) Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message.
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^ Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others.
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^ As a result, Mr. Ebert should have sat through the whole movie regardless of his initial impression.
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[68]

Battle with thyroid cancer

Ebert (right) at the Conference on World Affairs in September 2002, shortly after his cancer diagnosis
In early 2002, Ebert was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. In February of that year, surgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital were able to successfully remove the cancer with clean margins. He later underwent surgery in 2003 for cancer in his salivary gland, and in December of that year, underwent a four-week follow-up course of radiation to his salivary glands, which altered his voice slightly. .As he battled the illness, Ebert continued to be a dedicated critic of film, not missing a single opening while undergoing treatment.^ I found myself wondering whether his criticisms were warranted or whether we're dealing with a nontraditional film approach that is simply more nontraditional than Ebert could accept.
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^ Roger Ebert has always been a film critic of marked mediocrity, in my opinion.
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^ And with continued and maximum respect to you Mr. Ebert, I still do not know of a single school child in America that is familiar with the Ramayana.
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.Ebert underwent further surgery on June 16, 2006, just two days before his 64th birthday, to remove additional cancerous tissue near his right jaw, which included removing a section of jaw bone.^ October 21st, 2008 1:27 pm ET I just did some math and I only look at 5 – 15% of a woman before determining if she's worth looking at further.
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^ I'll trust Ebert's lazy reviews before hers any day.
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[69] On July 1, Ebert was hospitalized in serious condition after his carotid artery burst near the surgery site and he "came within a breath of death".[70] He later learned that the burst was likely a side effect of his treatment, which involved neutron beam radiation. He was subsequently kept bedridden to prevent further damage to the scarred vessels in his neck while he slowly recovered from multiple surgeries and the rigorous treatment. At one point, his status was so precarious that Ebert had a tracheostomy done on his neck to reduce the effort of breathing while he recovered.[69]
.Ebert had pre-taped enough TV programs with his co-host Richard Roeper to keep him on the air for a few weeks; however, his extended convalescence necessitated a series of "guest critics" to co-host with Roeper: Jay Leno (a good friend to both Ebert and Roeper), Kevin Smith, John Ridley, Toni Senecal, Christy Lemire, Michael Phillips, Aisha Tyler, Fred Willard, Anne Thompson, A.O. Scott, Mario Van Peebles, George Pennacchio, Brad Silberling, and John Mellencamp.^ While NBC aired 58 stories on U.S. prison abuse in the first few weeks of that story, NBC aired only five stories over 16 months on the discovery of Saddam's mass graves.
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^ But, a few weeks later, I received a fax from Richard Donner , the director of the " Lethal Weapon " series, who wrote to say he thought I was quite right and that he never should have allowed Coors into that scene.
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Michael Phillips later became Ebert's replacement for the remainder of Roeper's time on At the Movies, until mid-2008, when Roeper did not extend his contract with ABC.
.In October 2006, Ebert confirmed his bleeding problems had been resolved.^ October 21st, 2008 1:26 pm ET Personally, I don't have a problem with Ebert (or any reviewer) not watching the whole movie.
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He was undergoing rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago due to lost muscle mass, and later underwent further rehabilitation at the Pritikin Center in Florida."[71] In May 2007, Ebert blogged that he had received a bouquet of flowers from actor Rob Schneider, with a note signed, "Your Least Favorite Movie Star, Rob Schneider". Ebert took this as a kind gesture despite his negative review of Schneider's Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. .Ebert described the flowers as "a reminder, if I needed one, that although Rob Schneider might (in my opinion) have made a bad movie, he is not a bad man, and no doubt tried to make a wonderful movie, and hopes to again.^ Ebert: No, although it might seem so.
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^ No wonder the terrorists got angry enough to cut a man's head off in revenge.
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^ There is no doubt I would have lived my whole life without ever having heard of this movie, and now I want nothing more than to watch it.
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I hope so, too."[29][30]
.After a three-month absence, the first movie he reviewed was The Queen.^ I think its not right to review a movie based on the first 8 minutes.
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^ October 21st, 2008 1:38 pm ET I think it's a little premature to register a review of a movie after the first 8 minutes.
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^ Ebert was making this point by reviewing a movie after seeing only the first part.
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Ebert made his first public appearance since the summer of 2006 at Ebertfest on April 25, 2007. He was unable to speak but communicated through his wife, Chaz, through the use of written notes. .His opening words to the crowd of devout fans at the festival were a quote from the film he co-wrote with Russ Meyer, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: "It's my happening and it freaks me out."^ Well, lo and behold, the World Film Festival of Bangkok snapped up the film and made my wish come true.
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^ I obtain Nina Paley's e-mail address and invite the film to my film festival in April 2009 at the University of Illinois, which by perfect synchronicity is in our home town.
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^ Actually, reviewing "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", perhaps not.
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[72] Also in April 2007, in an interview with WLS-TV in Chicago, he said, "I was told photos of me in this condition would attract the gossip papers — so what?" On April 23, the Sun-Times reported that, when asked about his decision to return to the limelight, Ebert remarked, "We spend too much time hiding illness."[73] Fans at his website have remarked his public appearances have been inspirational to cancer victims and survivors around the country.[74]

On the road to recovery

.Ebert returned to reviewing on May 18, 2007, when three of his reviews were published by the Chicago Sun-Times, and he returned to his website, a role that his editor had shouldered during the critic's illness.^ His reviews appear in the Chicago Sun Times newspaper.
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^ You can read Ebert's reviews and other writings on the Web site of the Chicago Sun-Times, where he's been a film critic since 1967.
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^ More Ebert quotes via TC Candler at "Critical Mass Movie Reviews" > > Return to Quotes index, or Site homepage.
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[75] Thereafter, he slowly worked back to his previous output of 5-6 reviews a week plus a "Great Movies" review. He also resumed his "Answer Man" column.
In a July 21, 2007 commentary on a rebuttal to Clive Barker, he revealed that he had lost the ability to speak, but not to write.[76] He also lost the ability to eat or drink, and uses a feeding tube.[77] .He posted reviews of the 2006 film Casino Royale and the 2007 films Zodiac and Ratatouille with a note that he was in the process of going back and reviewing some of the movies that were released during his absence.^ The gift was announced Wednesday during the 11th annual "Ebertfest," the Champaign, Ill., film festival highlighting movies that Ebert thinks have been overlooked.
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^ Now go back and look at Ebert's review of "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut," where he makes similar criticisms.
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^ I can offer some suggestions to Nina (and other filmmakers reading) that have come from my own research -- it's how I'm going to proceed with my film.
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[78] .He attended the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, while awaiting surgery that was hoped to restore his voice.^ I saw it in October at the Chicago International Film festival and loved it.
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^ I saw it largely by accident at the Seattle International Film Festival this May and have been hoping for a wider release ever since.
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^ 'Sita Gets The Blues' played at the Vancouver International Film Festival this year.
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[79]
Ebert adopted a computerized voice system to communciate. He initially chose to use a voice with a British accent that he named "Lawrence",[80] but then switched to a high quality voice with an American accent included with Mac OS X named "Alex".[81] According to Ebert, he does not miss the activity of eating or drinking so much as the camaraderie of dining with friends.[82]
.Ebert underwent further surgery on January 24, 2008, this time in Houston, to address the complications from his previous surgeries.^ By Joseph Choi on December 29, 2008 12:51 PM Mr. Ebert, long time fan.
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.A statement from Ebert and his wife indicated that "the surgery went well, and the Eberts look forward to giving you more good news..."^ By Spokker on December 25, 2008 10:17 PM To Russell, above, you would do well to take Ebert's advice.
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^ By Jim Moore on December 25, 2008 9:06 PM I've been looking forward to seeing this movie since I first saw clips of it on Paley's site (you need to aimlessly surf the net more, Roger :).
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^ So if you must always read the review first before you decide to (or not) see a movie, you have missed alot of potentially good movies and have watched alot of them that Ebert liked.
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[83][84] but on .April 1, his 41st anniversary as a film critic at the Sun-Times, Ebert announced that there had been further complications and his speech had not been restored.^ If there was one thing I would change in the movie it would be to have long unbroken takes from time to time (I guess the many cuts in the film were to counterbalance the lack of dialogue...--but still).
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^ So, there you go: More politics in film criticism.
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^ There's no advertising more convincing than the words of an intelligent film critic.
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He wrote, "I am still cancer-free, and not ready to think about more surgery at this time. I should be content with the abundance I have." .His columns resumed shortly after the April 23 opening of his annual film festival at the University of Illinois.^ The gift was announced Wednesday during the 11th annual "Ebertfest," the Champaign, Ill., film festival highlighting movies that Ebert thinks have been overlooked.
  • Jay Leno hospitalization cancels 'Tonight Show'; Roger Ebert donates $1 million to his alma mater; and more: The Morning After 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cleveland.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I obtain Nina Paley's e-mail address and invite the film to my film festival in April 2009 at the University of Illinois, which by perfect synchronicity is in our home town.
  • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

^ "Sita" had its premiere at Berlin in February 2008, where it won a Silver Bear, and had its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
  • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

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During his various surgeries, doctors carved bone, tissue and skin from his back, arm, and legs, and transplanted them in an attempt to reconstruct his jaw and throat, though these transplants would each be unsuccessful, and eventually removed. As a result of these procedures, his right shoulder is visibly smaller than his left, and his legs have been scarred and weakened.[57]

Hip injury

.On April 18, 2008, prior to Ebertfest, it was announced that Ebert had fractured his hip in a fall,[86] a result of the weakening of his body following the unsuccessful tissue transplants,[57] and had undergone surgery to repair it.^ The gift was announced Wednesday during the 11th annual "Ebertfest," the Champaign, Ill., film festival highlighting movies that Ebert thinks have been overlooked.
  • Jay Leno hospitalization cancels 'Tonight Show'; Roger Ebert donates $1 million to his alma mater; and more: The Morning After 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cleveland.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[86] .After consulting his doctors he decided he could not attend the festival, instead writing occasional blogs on the festival films.^ This film will not be viable even from a business perspective, though it could perhaps get a 'look-in' at some festival, if it has (ironically) a low-profile.
  • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

^ I can't think of a single movie I've ever seen where I could decide in the firs 8 minutes about the worth of the entire film.
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Since its inception, his blog has gained significant readership and has received acclaim for the quality of its user comments.[64][87]

Condition as of 2010

.As of February 2010, Ebert has a full-time, live-in nurse attend to him when needed.^ For a reviewer like Ebert thats like going to work part of the time, and getting paid for a full day.
  • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Although doctors have asked him to allow them to make one more attempt to restore his voice, Ebert has refused, indicating that he is done with surgery, and will also probably decline significant intervention even if his cancer returns, as the last procedure he underwent did more harm than good.^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
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^ I found myself wondering whether his criticisms were warranted or whether we're dealing with a nontraditional film approach that is simply more nontraditional than Ebert could accept.
  • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Every bit as uncompromising and even more powerful than Mystic River.
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Regarding his death one day, he has written in a journal entry titled, "Go Gently into That Good Night":
I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.[57]
.Ebert employed a Scottish company called CereProc, which custom-tailors text-to-speech software for voiceless customers who record their voices at length before losing them, and mined tapes and DVD commentaries featuring Ebert to create a voice that sounds more like his own voice.^ Ebert: Sounds like a winner.
  • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

^ And the Indian people talking is like watching a DVD with the Director's commentary switched on.
  • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

^ One of the boys said, "What, are you gonna cry" and as he said so, his voice cracked, and he made a huffing sound to keep his own tears from leaking out.
  • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

[57] .He used the voice they devised for him in his March 2, 2010 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show,[88] in which he discussed his methods of coping with the loss of his voice and his other post-surgical issues.^ They are the same sort of fees that every other movie production out there has paid to use music they didn't create themselves.
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Bibliography

.Each year, Ebert publishes Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook, a book containing all his movie reviews from the last three years, as well as essays and other writings.^ I think Mr. Ebert is paid to watch movies and write reviews.
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^ Roger Ebert's latest books are Scorsese by Ebert and Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009.
  • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

^ So do movie and book reviewers.
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He has also written the following books:
  • Scorsese by Ebert (ISBN 978-0-226-18202-5). Read the introduction.
  • Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (ISBN 0-226-18200-2) — a collection of essays from his 40 years as a film critic, featuring interviews, profiles, essays, his initial reviews upon a film's release, as well as critical exchanges between the film critics Richard Corliss and Andrew Sarris
  • Ebert's "Bigger" Little Movie Glossary (ISBN 0-8362-8289-2) — a book of movie clichés
  • The Great Movies (ISBN 0-7679-1038-9) and The Great Movies II (ISBN 0-7679-1950-5) — two books of essays about great films
  • I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie (ISBN 0-7407-0672-1) — a collection of reviews of films that received two stars or fewer.
  • Roger Ebert's Book of Film (ISBN 0-393-04000-3) — a Norton Anthology of a century of writing about the movies
  • Questions For The Movie Answer Man (ISBN 0-8362-2894-4) — his responses to questions sent from his readers
  • Behind the Phantom's Mask (ISBN 0-8362-8021-0) — his first attempt at fiction.
  • An Illini Century (ASIN B0006OW26K) — the history of the first 100 years of the University of Illinois
  • The Perfect London Walk (ISBN 0-8362-7929-8) — a tour of Ebert's favorite foreign city
  • Your Movie Sucks (ISBN 0-7407-6366-0) — a new collection of less-than-two-star reviews.
  • Roger Ebert's Four-Star Reviews 1967-2007 (ISBN 0-7407-7179-5)

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Quotes

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Most people choose movies that provide exactly what they expect, and tell them things they already know.
^ Jump to: navigation , search Most people choose movies that provide exactly what they expect, and tell them things they already know.
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^ Review of Hackers (September 15, 1995) Most people choose movies that provide exactly what they expect, and tell them things they already know.
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^ This is the most freedom they will ever know.
  • Baraka review by Roger Ebert | Spirit of Baraka 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.spiritofbaraka.com [Source type: General]

.Others are more curious.^ Others are more curious.
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^ And people, now that they're using their DVD machines, are more curious about reaching out to some of these other films.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Roger Ebert . June 24, 2005 | PBS 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds.
.Roger Ebert (born 18 June 1942) is a Chicago Sun-Times film critic.^ Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times for over forty years.
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^ Film critic Roger Ebert wins Gotham Award CHICAGO, Oct.
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^ Roger Ebert’s Film Festival 2009 .
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  • Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?^ Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?
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    ^ Anyone who uses a computer and has lost the power of speech knows that e-mail becomes invaluable.

    ^ Those who limit another's freedom of speech create a nation in which freedom can be limited and what goes around, comes around.
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    • Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion (1990 Edition), p.^ Saer A. gave this critic a 7 : Roger Ebert always says things that are true in the movies he gives a "thumbs up!"
      • Metacritic: Movie Reviews by Critic and Publication 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ AP Film critic Roger Ebert's boyhood home is getting the thumbs up.
      • Roger Ebert - Topics - Breitbart.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC topics.breitbart.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ I think the best Roger Ebert reviews are for the worst movies, at least in terms of fun quotes.
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  • Well, what is a political film?^ Well, what is a political film?
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    • The Big Picture: Roger Ebert | Mother Jones 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC motherjones.com [Source type: General]

    .A film about politicians?^ A film about politicians?
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    • The Big Picture: Roger Ebert | Mother Jones 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC motherjones.com [Source type: General]

    .Or a film about issues — sexism, racism, the environment, nuclear policy?^ Or a film about issues — sexism, racism, the environment, nuclear policy?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Or a film about issues--sexism, racism, the environment, nuclear policy?
    • The Big Picture: Roger Ebert | Mother Jones 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC motherjones.com [Source type: General]

    ^ What about an over-40 person such as myself who has not had any technical issues with the new 3D processes and simply reviews each 3D-presented film on its own merits?
    • Roger Ebert Says It So I Don’t Have To | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I decided on the broader definition.^ I decided on the broader definition.
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    • The Big Picture: Roger Ebert | Mother Jones 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC motherjones.com [Source type: General]

    .If I'd limited myself to films about politicians, it would have been a short list: How many characters in any mainstream American movie seem aware of the political process, or belong to a party?^ A film about politicians?
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    • The Big Picture: Roger Ebert | Mother Jones 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC motherjones.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Which will depend on what political party you belong to.

    ^ I would not have put those films on the list.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Many moviegoers and video viewers say they do not "like" black and white films.^ Continue reading The best films of the decade .

    ^ Roger Ebert's 10 Best Films of 2009.
    • Drew Curtis' FARK.com -- links tagged 'Roger Ebert' 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.fark.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Roger Ebert's list of the best films of 2007 .
    • Roger Ebert (kottke.org) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.kottke.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .In my opinion, they are cutting themselves off from much of the mystery and beauty of the movies.^ I published my own fanzine ( Stymie ), cutting the ditto masters on an old L.C. Smith and paying an office supply company a few bucks to run it off for me.
    • "Thought Experiments" by Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.asimovs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Chantal I love reading Ebert's reviews long after I've seen a movie, and finding that his opinions echo mine, if expressed so much more articulately.
    • roger ebert | Facebook 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Obviously my opinion matters as much as a fly fart in heavy wind when compared to Ebert's, but if I was Ebert I would also never let such things affect my opinion.
    • Roger Ebert Responds to Star Haters – RopeofSilicon.com Movie News, Trailers, Reviews and More 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.ropeofsilicon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


    .Black and white is an artistic choice, a medium that has strengths and traditions, especially in its use of light and shadow.^ Black and white is an artistic choice, a medium that has strengths and traditions, especially in its use of light and shadow.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ To exclude black & white from your choices is an admission that you have a closed mind, a limited imagination, or are lacking in taste.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ The lighting is used to shadow exactly half of Willis' face; a line runs down his forehead, nose and chin.

    .Moviegoers of course have the right to dislike b&w, but it is not something they should be proud of.^ Moviegoers of course have the right to dislike b&w, but it is not something they should be proud of.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Moviegoers of course have the right to dislike black & white, but it is not something they should be proud of.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Zombies are supposed to be the dead coming back to life, so of course they should move slow, but if youre dealing with disease infected humans (sickos), they should be able to move fast.
    • The Quentin Tarantino Archives Community • View topic - Roger Ebert finally reviewed GRINDHOUSE 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tarantino.info [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It reveals them, frankly, as cinematically illiterate.^ It reveals them, frankly, as cinematically illiterate.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

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    I have been described as a snob on this issue.
    ^ I have been described as a snob on this issue.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .But snobs exclude; they do not include.^ But snobs exclude; they do not include.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .To exclude b&w from your choices is an admission that you have a closed mind, a limited imagination, or are lacking in taste.^ Then close your eyes and use your imagination.
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Then close your eyes and use your imagination."
    • Roger Ebert, the universe slam Michael Bay's Transformers sequel in early reviews | SCI FI Wire 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC scifiwire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ To exclude black & white from your choices is an admission that you have a closed mind, a limited imagination, or are lacking in taste.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .
  • A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally.^ A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He also resumed his "Answer Man" column.
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    ^ First published in the "Movie Answer Man" column (25 July 2004) A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise.^ They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They're the ones who squire around the famous and not-so-famous guests who come to town for Roger Ebert's Film Festival, which starts today at the Virginia Theatre.
    • The News-Gazette.com: 11th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival 2009 » All Stories 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC newsgazette.com [Source type: General]

    ^ US9Iv December 8, 2009 - 10:13 AM It's A Smorgasbord Of Holiday Sales: Man, today is just firing on all cylinders when it comes to finding deals on s...
    • John Stewart, Roger Ebert Talk “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” | Kung Fu Rodeo 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC kungfurodeo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I wear a pedometer, a little device that counts every step.^ He also resumed his "Answer Man" column.
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    ^ Snip: What's always with him: I wear a pedometer, a little device that counts every step.
    • Summation: Roger Ebert wears a pedometer 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blog.summation.net [Source type: General]

    ^ First published in the "Movie Answer Man" column (18 September 2005) I wear a pedometer, a little device that counts every step.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It works as a goad, because you walk additional distances to pile up the numbers.^ It works as a goad, because you walk additional distances to pile up the numbers.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You can't assume something will continue downward just because it's hit a higher number than you've seen before.
    • "Collapse": It Scared Roger Ebert Half to Death | Entertainment Forums - Reel Time | STLtoday 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.stltoday.com [Source type: General]

    ^ But a lot of kids are growing up visually literate because of all this technology, and they will probably grow into a number of good directors.
    • CNN.com - Technology - Roger Ebert on digital movies - August 2, 1000 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC archives.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    .The average person walks 2,000 to 3,000 steps a day.^ The average person walks 2,000 to 3,000 steps a day.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Summation: Roger Ebert wears a pedometer 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blog.summation.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I walk 10,000 steps a day.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Summation: Roger Ebert wears a pedometer 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blog.summation.net [Source type: General]

    .I walk 10,000 steps a day.^ The average person walks 2,000 to 3,000 steps a day.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Summation: Roger Ebert wears a pedometer 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blog.summation.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I walk 10,000 steps a day.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Summation: Roger Ebert wears a pedometer 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blog.summation.net [Source type: General]

    .I have lost a lot of weight as a result
  • The Golden Thumb is not as good as the Oscar, but it is a lot of fun.^ New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick .
    • Critic goes Post-al on ill Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.nydailynews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I have lost a lot of weight as a result.
    • Summation: Roger Ebert wears a pedometer 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blog.summation.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I have lost a lot of weight as a result "A Film Critic's Windy City Home' in The New York Times (13 February 2005) The Golden Thumb is not as good as the Oscar, but it is a lot of fun.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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    • "A Film Critic's Windy City Home' in The New York Times (13 February 2005)
  • I lost faith in the Oscars the first year I was a movie critic--the year that Bonnie and Clyde didn't win.^ A veteran and a novice are the new movie critics at the New York Times.
    • Roger Ebert - Salon.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC dir.salon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Then, he was my first film critic.
    • Catching a Movie With an Old Friend - washingtonpost.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer.
    • Roger Ebert : Roger Ebert News and Photos - chicagotribune.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.chicagotribune.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • For 40 years, I didn't miss a single deadline, but since July, I have missed every one.^ Playboy 20q For 40 years, I didn't miss a single deadline, but since July, I have missed every one.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He started in 1967 and although he's still battling with cancer, 40 years later he's still telling us what's good and what's bad with his one thumb.
    • Roger Ebert's Top Ten of 2007 « FirstShowing.net 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.firstshowing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I get christmas and birthday cards from him every year and while he missed my wedding because he was involved in a festival he sent a beautiful card and present.

    .I also, to my intense disappointment, missed the Telluride and Toronto film festivals.^ I also, to my intense disappointment, missed the Telluride and Toronto film festivals.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But I'm not going to miss my festival.

    ^ But I'm not going to miss my festival."
    • Roger Ebert (kottke.org) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.kottke.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Having just written my first review since June (The Queen), I think an update is in order.^ Having just written my first review since June ( The Queen ), I think an update is in order.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I flash back to those dark times because I think of this past year--the last year of cinema's first whole century--as the most hopeful since the 1970s.
    • Roger Ebert, David Edelstein, Sarah Kerr, and Elvis Mitchell (1) - Elvis Mitchell - Slate Magazine 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.slate.com [Source type: General]

    ^ My reviews usually include a reflection of how I felt during a film, since film itself is primarily an emotional, not a cerebral, medium.
    • Cinemension: Roger Ebert Praises Cosmoetica And My Film Criticism 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC cinemension.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • I have discovered a goodness and decency in people as exhibited in all the letters, e-mails, flowers, gifts and prayers that have been directed my way.^ "Roger writes to readers" Chicago Sun Times (11 October 2006) I have discovered a goodness and decency in people as exhibited in all the letters, e-mails, flowers, gifts and prayers that have been directed my way.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ All copyright owned by Roger Ebert and the Chicago Sun Times [ ↩ ] September 11, 2008 .
    • Roger Ebert : Almost As Good As Chocolate 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC shripriya.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times for over forty years.
    • Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert by Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC books.livingsocial.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    I am overwhelmed and humbled. .I offer you my most sincere thanks and my deep and abiding gratitude.^ I offer you my most sincere thanks and my deep and abiding gratitude.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ My website will be the only place on the Web where you will have the same guy reviewing movies since 1967, at least most of the major films.
    • INT: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I replied to one statement you made and offered my own alternative opinion on the subject.
    • The Quentin Tarantino Archives Community • View topic - Roger Ebert finally reviewed GRINDHOUSE 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tarantino.info [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .If I ever write my memoirs, I have some spellbinding material.^ If I ever write my memoirs, I have some spellbinding material.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .How does the Joni Mitchell song go?^ How does the Joni Mitchell song go?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ."Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone"? One thing I've discovered is that I love my job more than I thought I did, and I love my wife even more!^ I don't even know where to start.
    • "Ebert and Roeper"? More like "Smith and Roeper". - Kevin Smith's MySpace Blog | 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I don’t know when I’ve seen a thriller more frightening.
    • Roger Ebert’s 4-Star Review of Collapse : Chelsea Green 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.chelseagreen.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Well, I've got to go with Roeper on this one.
    • Richard Roeper Totally Hearts Us - Chicagoist 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC chicagoist.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    • "Roger writes to readers" Chicago Sun Times (11 October 2006)

Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (2006)

ISBN 0226182002
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  • I began my work as a film critic in 1967. I had not thought to be a film critic, and indeed had few firm career plans apart from vague notions that I might someday be a political columnist or a professor of English.^ I had not thought to be a film critic, and indeed had few firm career plans apart from vague notions that I might someday be a political columnist or a professor of English.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ ISBN 0226182002 I began my work as a film critic in 1967.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If only critics had any power, we might have a few better films.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


    .Robert Zonka, who was named the paper's feature editor the same day I was hired at the Chicago Sun-Times, became one of the best friends of a lifetime.^ Who's the best Bond of all time?
    • Bond, gadgets, girls back on the big screen : Gallery : The Rocky Mountain News 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.rockymountainnews.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ebert became one of the Sun-Times' film critics in 1967 .
    • Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And eventually the one that we settled on was Richard Roeper, who worked for my paper, for the Chicago Sun-Times.
    • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Roger Ebert . June 24, 2005 | PBS 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .One day in March 1967, he called me into a conference room, told me that Eleanor Keen, the paper's movie critic, was retiring, and that I was the new critic.^ One day in March 1967, he called me into a conference room, told me that Eleanor Keen, the paper's movie critic, was retiring, and that I was the new critic.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But he said an account published in the New York Daily News that named the other man as rival New York Post movie critic Lou Lumenick was "truthful."
    • Fellow Critic Hits Roger Ebert During Film Festival - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment - FOXNews.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

    ^ When a so-called film critic defended a questionable review by saying, "after all, it's opinion," Gene told him: "There is a point when a personal opinion shades off into an error of fact.

    .I walked away in elation and disbelief, yet hardly suspected that this day would set the course for the rest of my life.
  • In my very first review I was already jaded, observing of "Galia," an obscure French film, that it "opens and closes with arty shots of the ocean, mother of us all, but in between it's pretty clear that what is washing ashore is the French New Wave."^ Of course sometimes my reviews have not been favorable.
    • Saluti a Roger Ebert!!! 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.theauteurs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I walked away in elation and disbelief, yet hardly suspected that this day would set the course for the rest of my life.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I already shot my wad on the Protestants.” .
    • Friendly Atheist by @hemantsblog » Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on Protestants 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC friendlyatheist.com [Source type: General]

    .My pose in those days was one of superiority to the movies, although just when I had the exact angle of condescension calculated, a movie would open that disarmed my defenses and left me ecstatic and joyful.
  • Herzog by his example gave me a model for the film artist: fearless, driven by his subjects, indifferent to commercial considerations, trusting his audience to follow him anywhere.^ Herzog by his example gave me a model for the film artist: fearless, driven by his subjects, indifferent to commercial considerations, trusting his audience to follow him anywhere.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Those are my expectations for the movie.
    • Roger Ebert, the universe slam Michael Bay's Transformers sequel in early reviews | SCI FI Wire 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC scifiwire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ My reviews appear on opening day, or from festivals before the movie opens.

    .In the 38 years since I saw my first Herzog film, after an outpouring of some 50 features and documentaries, he has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons or uninteresting.^ In the 38 years since I saw my first Herzog film, after an outpouring of some 50 features and documentaries, he has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons or uninteresting.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This year, instead of ranking ten films sequentially he chose to identify twenty features, five documentaries, and one special jury prize, sorting each group alphabetically.
    • Daily Plastic : 2008 in Negative: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.dailyplastic.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Film lovers attend different movies for different reasons, all of them valid; did I enjoy ‘Joe vs. Volcano’ more than some Oscar winners?
    • A.O. Scott vs. Roger Ebert: ‘Seven Pounds’ of Separation - BlackBook 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.blackbookmag.com [Source type: General]

    Even his failures are spectacular.

Your Movie Sucks (2007)

ISBN 0740763660
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  • Some of these reviews were written in joyous zeal.^ ISBN 0740763660 Some of these reviews were written in joyous zeal.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I also like my " Bonnie and Clyde " review, written at a time when the movie was being written off in some quarters as violent trash.
    • Critic Doctor (Herb Kane) interviews Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times film critic, Ebert & Roeper and the Movies 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.criticdoctor.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It's like some of these reviewers weren't familiar with Rock's material before.
    • rogerebert coverage by Gothamist 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC gothamist.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Others with glee. .Some in sorrow, some in anger, and a precious few with venom, of which I have a closely guarded supply.^ Some in sorrow, some in anger, and a precious few with venom, of which I have a closely guarded supply.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .When I am asked, all too frequently, if I really sit all the way through these movies, my answer is inevitably: Yes, because I want to write the review.^ We tend to want to review movies that we tend to want to recommend.
    • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Roger Ebert . June 24, 2005 | PBS 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ ''I will resume writing movie reviews .
    • Roger Ebert says games will never be as worthy as movies 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC skfpt.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It's so horrible that I couldn't sit through the movie."
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


    .I would guess that I have not mentioned my Pulitzer Prize in a review except once or twice since 1975, but at the moment I read Rob Schneider's extremely unwise open letter to Patrick Goldstein, I knew I was receiving a home-run pitch, right over the plate.^ I would guess that I have not mentioned my Pulitzer Prize in a review except once or twice since 1975, but at the moment I read Rob Schneider's extremely unwise open letter to Patrick Goldstein, I knew I was receiving a home-run pitch, right over the plate.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It Occurred To Me Flawed Laws For Scofflaws - I didn't know if I was coming down with something when I got home this evening, but I knew something wasn't quite right.
    • Skeptical Eye: Roger Ebert on Creationists and "New Agers" 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.skepticaleye.com [Source type: General]
    • Skeptical Eye: Roger Ebert PWNS Ben Stein and his creationist "theories" 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.skepticaleye.com [Source type: General]

    ^ My reviews usually include a reflection of how I felt during a film, since film itself is primarily an emotional, not a cerebral, medium.
    • Cinemension: Roger Ebert Praises Cosmoetica And My Film Criticism 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC cinemension.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

    .Other reviews were written in various spirits, some of them almost benevolently, but of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, all I can say is that it is a movie made to inspire the title of a book like this.^ Other reviews were written in various spirits, some of them almost benevolently, but of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo , all I can say is that it is a movie made to inspire the title of a book like this.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo The movie created a spot of controversy...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005): Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    • Introduction

Reviews

Zero star reviews

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  • I had a colonoscopy once, and they let me watch it on TV. It was more entertaining than The Brown Bunny.
    • Review of an early version of The Brown Bunny, when it was shown at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival (4 June 2003)
      • After director Vincent Gallo responded to the above criticism by mocking Ebert's obesity, Ebert responded: "It is true that I am fat, but one day I will be thin, and he will still be the director of The Brown Bunny." [1] (4 June 2003)
  • Caligula is sickening, utterly worthless, shameful trash.^ If you are a film critic, you watch the WHOLE film, maybe more than once.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert was supposed to be reviewing the film, right?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert recently returned from the Cannes Film Festival in France.
    • Writer's Blog: Tag: roger-ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.writerswrite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .If it is not the worst film I have ever seen, that makes it all the more shameful: People with talent allowed themselves to participate in this travesty.^ If it is not the worst film I have ever seen, that makes it all the more shameful: People with talent allowed themselves to participate in this travesty.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert's Glorious **** - Initial JM - Open Salon 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC open.salon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (The title has been as slippery as the program’s definition – “overlooked” generally means movies that Ebert thinks should be seen by more people, and it’s his festival, so why not?

    ^ As film criticism becomes more marginalized, Ebert may come to be seen as the last of a kind—the critic who actually has the power to influence a national audience.”—Booklist .
    • Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert by Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC books.livingsocial.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Disgusted and unspeakably depressed, I walked out of the film after two hours of its 170-minute length.^ I walked out after 8 minutes."
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Disgusted and unspeakably depressed, I walked out of the film after two hours of its 170-minute length.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert's Glorious **** - Initial JM - Open Salon 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC open.salon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ So much so, he walked out of it after 8 minutes.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .That was on Saturday night, as a line of hundreds of people stretched down Lincoln Ave., waiting to pay $7.50 apiece to become eyewitnesses to shame..."This movie," said the lady in front of me at the drinking fountain, "is the worst piece of shit I have ever seen."^ Caligua : "This movie," said the lady in front of me at the drinking fountain, "is the worst piece of shit I have ever seen."
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That was on Saturday night, as a line of hundreds of people stretched down Lincoln Ave., waiting to pay $7.50 apiece to become eyewitnesses to shame."
    • Roger Ebert's Glorious **** - Initial JM - Open Salon 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC open.salon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That was on Saturday night, as a line of hundreds of people stretched down Lincoln Ave., waiting to pay $7.50 apiece to become eyewitnesses to shame..."This movie," said the lady in front of me at the drinking fountain, "is the worst piece of shit I have ever seen."
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • Deuce Bigalow is aggressively bad, as if it wants to cause suffering to the audience.^ To make the world a safer place, we must aggressively attack the causes of suffering and hostility.
    • Roger Ebert: "Fox is a Republican propaganda machine" 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.jimgilliam.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ PM on August 12, 2005 Rothko: Didn't we already inform Hollywood that we didn't want a "Deuce Bigalow" sequel by, you know, not seeing the first one?
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005): Does this sound like a movie you want to see?
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The best thing about it is that it runs for only 75 minutes.^ The best thing about it is that it runs for only 75 minutes.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Maybe one last question: what do you think is the best and worst thing about the Internet?
    • INT: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I really don't think what he did was that awful, I mean, for one thing, at least he admitted to having only watched 8 minutes.
    • Roger Ebert gives a thumbs down to his own review | The Big Picture | Los Angeles Times 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Does this sound like a movie you want to see?^ How do you review a movie like this?
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Do you see how stupid that sounds?
    • Jerk O’ The Week: Every a-hole who says that Transformers 2 doesn’t need to make sense because it’s a mindless action movie | The Angry Rant 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC theangryrant.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ See you at the movies, Roger!
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It sounds to me like a movie that Columbia Pictures and the film's producers … should be discussing in long, sad conversations with their inner child.^ It sounds to me like a movie that Columbia Pictures and the film's producers … should be discussing in long, sad conversations with their inner child.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It sounds to me like a movie that Columbia Pictures and the film's producers...should be discussing in long, sad conversations with their inner child.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That sounds like a really crappy movie.
    • Wonkette : Roger Ebert Writes Insane Political Things On His Blog! 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC wonkette.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
    • Review of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
  • The movie created a spot of controversy...^ Review of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo The movie created a spot of controversy...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005): Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Other reviews were written in various spirits, some of them almost benevolently, but of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo , all I can say is that it is a movie made to inspire the title of a book like this.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Rob Schneider took offense when Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times listed this year's Best Picture nominees and wrote that they were "ignored, unloved, and turned down flat by most of the same studios that ...^ The Aviator - The best picture of the year.
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Rob Schneider took offense when Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times listed this year's Best Picture nominees and wrote that they were "ignored, unloved, and turned down flat by most of the same studios that ...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I flash back to those dark times because I think of this past year--the last year of cinema's first whole century--as the most hopeful since the 1970s.
    • Roger Ebert, David Edelstein, Sarah Kerr, and Elvis Mitchell (1) - Elvis Mitchell - Slate Magazine 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.slate.com [Source type: General]

    bankroll hundreds of sequels, including a follow-up to .Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, a film that was sadly overlooked at Oscar time because apparently nobody had the foresight to invent a category for Best Running Penis Joke Delivered by a Third-Rate Comic."^ Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo , a film that was sadly overlooked at Oscar time because apparently nobody had the foresight to invent a category for Best Running Penis Joke Delivered by a Third-Rate Comic."
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Normally, the news that a film about racism won the Oscar for best picture is pretty much a dog-bites-man type of story.
    • Roger Ebert | NewsBusters.org 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC newsbusters.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Starting in 1999, runs his own "Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival" in April at the historic Virginia Theatre in his home town of Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
    • Critic Doctor (Herb Kane) interviews Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times film critic, Ebert & Roeper and the Movies 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.criticdoctor.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


    .Schneider retaliated by attacking Goldstein in full-page ads in Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.^ Schneider retaliated by attacking Goldstein in full-page ads in Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ PM on August 12, 2005 KirkJobSluder writes "buying full page ads complaining about a bad review."
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Today I can see my name on a full-page ad for a movie with disinterest, but what Harry Warner or Buck Coulson had to say about me–well, that was important.
    • "Thought Experiments" by Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.asimovs.com [Source type: General]

    In an open letter to Goldstein, Schneider wrote: "Well, Mr. Goldstein, I decided to do some research to find out what awards you have won. .I went online and found that you have won nothing.^ I went online and found that you have won nothing.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Absolutely nothing. .No journalistic awards of any kind.^ No journalistic awards of any kind.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... Maybe you didn't win a Pulitzer Prize because they haven't invented a category for Best Third-Rate, Unfunny Pompous Reporter Who's Never Been Acknowledged by His Peers...
.As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified.^ As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified.
  • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Ebert, a film critic and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1975.
  • Roger Ebert Interview | The Progressive 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.progressive.org [Source type: General]

^ The Jesse Helms at 1:41 PM on August 12, 2005 "As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified.
  • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks."
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    • Review of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (12 August 2005)
  • Dirty Love wasn't written and directed, it was committed.^ PM on August 12, 2005 True.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ PM on August 12, 2005 Deuce Bigalow is what we get for watching Saturday Night Live.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ PM on August 12, 2005 Obligatory Mr. Cranky review.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Here is a film so pitiful, it doesn't rise to the level of badness.^ Here is a film so pitiful, it doesn't rise to the level of badness.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Also, just because a movie isn't a foreign film with subtitles or the next Oscar winner doesn't mean that it's a bad film.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    It is hopelessly incompetent... .I am not certain that anyone involved has ever seen a movie, or knows what one is.^ I am not certain that anyone involved has ever seen a movie, or knows what one is.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ For one thing, his review of the partial movie contained an error about one of theactors that he would not have made had he seen the whole filminitially.
    • At (the first eight minutes of) the movies with Roger Ebert | EW.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC popwatch.ew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ December 22nd, 2009 at 2:02 pm JordeeVee says : ‘Knowing’ was one of the worst movies I have seen this year and number two on my list for worst endings in history.
    • ROGER EBERT'S TOP 10 OF 2009 -- BAD LIEUTENANT, THE HURT LOCKER | FilmDrunk: Movie news you can make fun of 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC filmdrunk.uproxx.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel.^ On Freddy Got Fingered (2001): This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Dirty Love (23 September 2005) This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel.^ This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On Freddy Got Fingered (2001): This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel.^ This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On Freddy Got Fingered (2001): This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.^ This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Dirty Love (23 September 2005) This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Just like all his movies he uses the same redundant comedy and doesn't care about the story making any sense.
    • Roger Ebert, the universe slam Michael Bay's Transformers sequel in early reviews | SCI FI Wire 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC scifiwire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • This is a plot, if ever there was one, to illustrate King Lear's complaint, "As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport." I am aware this is the second time in two weeks I have been compelled to quote Lear, but there are times when Eminem simply will not do. .
  • Little Indian, Big City is one of the worst movies ever made.^ Review of The Life of David Gale (21 February 2003) Little Indian, Big City is one of the worst movies ever made.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Memoirs of a Geisha (9 December 2005) I do not demand that all movies have a story to pull us from beginning to end, and indeed one of the charms of The Big Lebowski , the Coens' previous film, is how its stoned hero loses track of the thread of his own life.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ No, absolutely no, he will not be flummoxed by his daughter Amy's performance as Mrs. Samsky, the character that one reviewer of the movie, which is set in...
    • Roger Ebert : Roger Ebert News and Photos - chicagotribune.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.chicagotribune.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I detested every moronic minute of it...if you, under any circumstances, see Little Indian, Big City, I will never let you read one of my reviews again.^ But read his review, and you can really see where this guy is coming from.
    • Metacritic: Movie Reviews by Critic and Publication 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Do not, under any circumstances, take children to see it.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I detested every moronic minute of it...if you, under any circumstances, see Little Indian, Big City, I will never let you read one of my reviews again.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Mad Dog Time is the first movie I have seen that does not improve on the sight of a blank screen viewed for the same length of time.^ On Mad Dog Time (1996): Mad Dog Time is the first movie I have seen that does not improve on the sight of a blank screen viewed for the same length of time.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Little Indian, Big City (22 March 1996) Mad Dog Time is the first movie I have seen that does not improve on the sight of a blank screen viewed for the same length of time.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Mad Dog Time (29 November 1996) I hated this movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Oh, I've seen bad movies before.^ It‘s the most violent movie that I‘ve ever seen.
    • Roger Ebert on 'The Passion of the Christ' - Deborah Norville Tonight- msnbc.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.msnbc.msn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ We've seen this story before.
    • rogerebert.com :: Movie reviews, essays and the Movie Answer Man from film critic Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC rogerebert.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Oh, I've seen bad movies before.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .But they usually made me care about how bad they were.^ But they usually made me care about how bad they were.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I don’t dismiss anyone until they start talking about how the Sixteenth Amendment wasn’t really passed or they bring up cryogenics.
    • Wonkette : Roger Ebert Writes Insane Political Things On His Blog! 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC wonkette.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I know that to get a movie made is a small miracle, that the reputations, careers and finances of the participants are on the line, and that hardly anybody sets out to make a bad movie.
    • Roger Ebert Responds to Star Haters – RopeofSilicon.com Movie News, Trailers, Reviews and More 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.ropeofsilicon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Watching Mad Dog Time is like waiting for the bus in a city where you're not sure they have a bus line...^ Watching Mad Dog Time is like waiting for the bus in a city where you're not sure they have a bus line...Mad Dog Time should be cut into free ukulele picks for the poor.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Watching Mad Dog Time is like waiting for the bus in a city where you're not sure they have a bus line...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Like what you're reading?
    • The Big Picture: Roger Ebert | Mother Jones 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC motherjones.com [Source type: General]

    Mad .Dog Time should be cut into free ukulele picks for the poor.^ Mad Dog Time should be cut into free ukulele picks for the poor.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That benefits from the limited number of cameras by allowing us to experience his work in something closer to realistic time, instead of fracturing it into quick cuts.
    • Roger Ebert reviews 'This Is It' - Gossip Rocks Forum 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.gossiprocks.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Watching Mad Dog Time is like waiting for the bus in a city where you're not sure they have a bus line...Mad Dog Time should be cut into free ukulele picks for the poor.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I hated this movie.^ Review of Mad Dog Time (29 November 1996) I hated this movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I hate it when a movie contains its own review.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ From his review of North (1994): I hated this movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. .Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it.^ Hated every stupid simpering vacant audience-insulting moment of it.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    ^ Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it."
    • Roger Ebert really (really) hates the new 'Transformers' movie | EW.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC popwatch.ew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it.^ Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    ^ Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    .Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.^ Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    ^ Would anyone even know about half of the things these entertainers say if it weren't for the ranting and raving of their detractors?
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Hated every stupid simpering vacant audience-insulting moment of it.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • The vast majority of the members of all religions, I believe and would argue, don't want to kill anybody.^ Review of North (22 July 1994) The vast majority of the members of all religions, I believe and would argue, don't want to kill anybody.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ From his review of North (1994): I hated this movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (Remember his review of North in 1994?
    • Roger Ebert really (really) hates the new 'Transformers' movie | EW.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC popwatch.ew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They want to love and care for their families, find decent work that sustains life and comfort, live in peace and get along with their neighbors.^ They want to love and care for their families, find decent work that sustains life and comfort, live in peace and get along with their neighbors.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends and Neighbors," which are really perceptive and angry about the way that corporate culture and male dominance work and how people can get so blinded by materialism that they don't even care whether they have any values or not.
    • Roger Ebert Interview | The Progressive 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.progressive.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Or, you know, that parents could use if they didn't want their daughter to be in the poor 60% of teenaged girls who haven't masturbated the family dog.

    .It is a deviant streak in some humans, I suspect, that drives them toward self-righteous violence, and uses religion as a convenient alibi...^ It is a deviant streak in some humans, I suspect, that drives them toward self-righteous violence, and uses religion as a convenient alibi...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ An amazing list of global warming resources The Real Significance of Climategate Environmentalism's Deadly Impact on Human Life Some more comments on global warming--at Right-Thi...
    • Skeptical Eye: Roger Ebert on Creationists and "New Agers" 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.skepticaleye.com [Source type: General]

    .I am trying as hard as I can to imagine the audience for this movie.^ I am trying as hard as I can to imagine the audience for this movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If a director is clearly trying to make a particular kind of movie, and his audiences are looking for a particular kind of movie, part of my job is judging how close he came to achieving his purpose."
    • Roger Ebert (kottke.org) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.kottke.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ When Batman tries on his new prototype costume late in the movie, and there's a closeup of its gleaming buttocks, the audience chuckles knowingly.
    • Criticizing the Critcs: Roger Ebert by Tom Blain for JackassCritics.cm 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.jackasscritics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Every time I make any progress, it scares me.^ Every time I make any progress, it scares me.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • The movie is an exhausted retread of the old campus romance gag where the pretty girl almost believes the lies of the reprehensible schemer, instead of trusting the nice guy who loves her.^ Review of September Dawn (24 August 2007) The movie is an exhausted retread of the old campus romance gag where the pretty girl almost believes the lies of the reprehensible schemer, instead of trusting the nice guy who loves her.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Above all, to see the movies then to meet old friends and great directors and personally thank all the loyal audience members who continue to support the festival.
    • Roger Ebert: I ain't a pretty boy no more and so what? - (37signals) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC 37signals.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Picture Perfect (1 August 1997) Showgirls is the first big-budget "adults only" movie in a few years and, to be sure, it contains so much nudity that the sexy paarts are when the girls put on their clothes.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The only originality the movie brings to this formula is to make it incomprehensible, through the lurching incompetence of its story structure.^ Yeah, movie critics often adore the foreign independent film, but that is only because they also slosh through the rest of the film sewage of any particular year.
    • Is Roger Ebert Still Credible? – RopeofSilicon.com Movie News, Trailers, Reviews and More 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.ropeofsilicon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert was making this point by reviewing a movie after seeing only the first part.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I agree that all he had to say was that he couldn't make it through more than 8 minutes and was therefore refraining from reviewing the movie.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Details are labored while the big picture remains unpainted...^ Details are labored while the big picture remains unpainted...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    I was appalled by the poverty of its imagination. .
  • Sour Grapes is a comedy about things that aren't funny.^ Books aren't about reviewers.
    • N'Gai Croal Vs. Roger Ebert Vs. Clive Barker on Whether Videogames Can Be (High) Art. Round 1--Fight! - Level Up Blog - Newsweek.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blog.newsweek.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Games aren't about reviewers.
    • N'Gai Croal Vs. Roger Ebert Vs. Clive Barker on Whether Videogames Can Be (High) Art. Round 1--Fight! - Level Up Blog - Newsweek.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blog.newsweek.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Slackers (1 February 2002) Sour Grapes is a comedy about things that aren't funny.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It reminded me of Crash, an erotic thriller about things no one finds erotic.^ It reminded me of Crash , an erotic thriller about things no one finds erotic.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Conversations About One Thing (2002) .
    • Metacritic: Movie Reviews by Critic and Publication 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It's one thing to be the voice in the crowd pointing out that the Emperor has no clothes.
    • roger ebert - The Screengrab 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.nerve.com [Source type: General]

    .The big difference is that David Cronenberg, who made Crash, knew that people were not turned on by auto accidents.^ The big difference is that David Cronenberg , who made Crash, knew that people were not turned on by auto accidents.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Primer is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ 'Primer' is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Larry David, who wrote and directed Sour Grapes, apparently thinks people are amused by cancer, accidental castration, racial stereotypes and bitter family feuds...^ Larry David , who wrote and directed Sour Grapes , apparently thinks people are amused by cancer, accidental castration, racial stereotypes and bitter family feuds...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The big difference is that David Cronenberg , who made Crash, knew that people were not turned on by auto accidents.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Friday Night Lights - People who like sports movies will love Friday Night Lights, But so will people who don't like sports movies and would never think of seeing a high school football game.
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The more I think of it, the more Sour Grapes really does resemble Crash (except that Crash was not a bad film).^ The more I think of it, the more Sour Grapes really does resemble Crash (except that Crash was not a bad film).
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I think the film probably should have been more nuanced in its depiction of the Jewish high priest, Caiaphas, who is seen as a little too negative compared to the biblical sources.
    • Roger Ebert on 'The Passion of the Christ' - Deborah Norville Tonight- msnbc.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.msnbc.msn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He does Molly Bloom really well, except that it has less relevance to politics.
    • Wonkette : Roger Ebert Writes Insane Political Things On His Blog! 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC wonkette.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Both movies are like watching automobile accidents.^ Both movies are like watching automobile accidents.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Looks like a normal automobile, but backfires after being purchased from used car lot by movie heroine who is starting out again in life and is on her own this time.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (For example, I find it almost impossible to watch Tom Cruise without my skin crawling and my teeth hurting, but I still like some of the movies he's been in.
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Only one was intended to be.^ Only one was intended to be.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I like good horror movies.^ How do you review a movie like this?
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Good Lord, only a few sentences into the review and it's already funnier than the actual movie!
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Very good, referencing such well-known reviewers and newspapers to drive home your point that everyone absolutely hates this movie!
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They can exorcise our demons.^ They can exorcise our demons.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The Texas Chainsaw Massacre doesn't want to exorcise anything.^ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre doesn't want to exorcise anything.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (17 October 2003) I had a hard time watching Wolf Creek .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It wants to tramp crap through our imaginations and wipe its feet on our dreams.^ It wants to tramp crap through our imaginations and wipe its feet on our dreams.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I think of filmgoers on a date, seeing this movie and then -- what?^ I think of filmgoers on a date, seeing this movie and then -- what?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Friday Night Lights - People who like sports movies will love Friday Night Lights, But so will people who don't like sports movies and would never think of seeing a high school football game.
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It's rare when a movie can hit me days after I've seen it with a delightful revelation and still it keeps me thinking and wanting to see it again to figure out, say, what's up with the feet?

    .I guess they'll have to laugh at it, irony being a fashionable response to the experience of being had.^ I guess they'll have to laugh at it, irony being a fashionable response to the experience of being had.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... Do yourself a favor. .There are a lot of good movies playing right now that can make you feel a little happier, smarter, sexier, funnier, more excited -- or more scared, if that's what you want.^ I'm liking Ebert a lot more now.
    • Roger Ebert Slams McCain | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It was a documentary and it had a lot more information on its siteI forget right now.
    • INT: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ There are a lot of good movies playing right now that can make you feel a little happier, smarter, sexier, funnier, more excited -- or more scared, if that's what you want.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    This is not one of them. .Don't let it kill 98 minutes of your life.^ Don't let it kill 98 minutes of your life.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ After a short while, it lets you stare down at your fears and provides you with the power to experience life to the fullest.
    • Roger Ebert Gives Health Update, Releases Photo Of His New Look - Cinematical 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cinematical.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Please don't let your anything hold you back, whether it be physical or corporate.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I had a hard time watching Wolf Creek. It is a film with one clear purpose: To establish the commercial credentials of its director by showing his skill at depicting the brutal tracking, torture and mutilation of screaming young women.^ Review of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (17 October 2003) I had a hard time watching Wolf Creek .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The skies are clearing, one day at a time.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It is a film with one clear purpose: To establish the commercial credentials of its director by showing his skill at depicting the brutal tracking, torture and mutilation of screaming young women.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .When the killer severs the spine of one of his victims and calls her "a head on a stick," I wanted to walk out of the theater and keep on walking.^ When the killer severs the spine of one of his victims and calls her "a head on a stick," I wanted to walk out of the theater and keep on walking.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Man, I still want his head for that one!
    • At (the first eight minutes of) the movies with Roger Ebert | EW.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC popwatch.ew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ However, one of the emotionally impacting scenes is the phone call where President Wilson calls his daughter to tell her that he is not going to be getting on the plane that is heading to the arks.

Half-star reviews

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  • Boat Trip arrives preceded by publicity saying many homosexuals have been outraged by the film.^ Boat Trip arrives preceded by publicity saying many homosexuals have been outraged by the film.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I have to thank you for pushing this film into the light of attention of the public when I already feared it to be vanishing in the shadows of film history, like so many other animated films.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .Now that it's in theaters, everybody else has a chance to join them.^ Now that it's in theaters, everybody else has a chance to join them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Not that the film is outrageous. .That would be asking too much.^ That would be asking too much.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It is dim-witted, unfunny, too shallow to be offensive, and way too conventional to use all of those people standing around in the background wearing leather and chains and waiting hopefully for their cues.^ It is dim-witted, unfunny, too shallow to be offensive, and way too conventional to use all of those people standing around in the background wearing leather and chains and waiting hopefully for their cues.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Watching it, I realized the last dozen films I'd seen were about people standing around, talking to one another.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ And those are all interesting as well, but I think paying attention to the structure and the technique [of a film] is useful as well.
    • Roger Ebert Interview - Interview - Stumped? - Stumped At the Video Store is a Magazine About Movies, DVD releases, actors, filmakers, and more. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC stumpedmagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This is a movie made for nobody, about nothing.^ This is a movie made for nobody, about nothing.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Tarnation - Nobody has ever made a movie like it!
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995): 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie' is about as close as you can get to absolute nothing and still have a product to project on the screen.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Only enormously talented people could have made Death to Smoochy.^ Review of Boat Trip (21 March 2003) Only enormously talented people could have made Death to Smoochy .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Primer is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ 'Primer' is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Those with lesser gifts would have lacked the nerve to make a film so bad, so miscalculated, so lacking any connection with any possible audience.^ I would not have put those films on the list.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Those with lesser gifts would have lacked the nerve to make a film so bad, so miscalculated, so lacking any connection with any possible audience.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • "This sucks on so many levels."
Dialogue from "Jason X"; rare for a movie to so frankly describe itself. "Jason X" sucks on the levels of storytelling, character development, suspense, special effects, originality, punctuation, neatness and aptness of thought.
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  • The movie stars six teenage characters who have been marketed on TV and in toy stores.^ Review of Jason X (26 April 2002) The movie stars six teenage characters who have been marketed on TV and in toy stores.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ BS! This movie clearly has a rating of PG-13 , and it's purpose is to bring back adults and teenagers who were former fans to be fans of the franchise again.
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I run quickly and there she was, looking the RoC tv spot...she said "isn't that a movie of those toys you like so much?
    • Roger Ebert's terrible review mistakes for you to enjoy - HissTank.com - G.I. Joe 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hisstank.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They have names, but no discernible personalities.^ They have names, but no discernible personalities.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .None of them ever says anything more interesting than "You guys!"^ Did you really say you are more powerful than any politician?
    • Roger Ebert // Current 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC current.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ None of them ever says anything more interesting than "You guys!"
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You can't say it wasn't interesting.
    • roger ebert - The Screengrab 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.nerve.com [Source type: General]

    .As teenagers, they are skilled in-line skaters and karate fighters, but they don't get their real powers until they turn into faceless clones in Power Rangers uniforms with plastic masks and helmets.^ I don't know if they realize it.
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As teenagers, they are skilled in-line skaters and karate fighters, but they don't get their real powers until they turn into faceless clones in Power Rangers uniforms with plastic masks and helmets.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Certainly the Rangers are not individuals in or out of uniform, but I wonder if they don't represent a triumph of merchandising over creativity.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Is that the message? .Faceless conformity is the way to success?^ Faceless conformity is the way to success?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Certainly the Rangers are not individuals in or out of uniform, but I wonder if they don't represent a triumph of merchandising over creativity.^ Certainly the Rangers are not individuals in or out of uniform, but I wonder if they don't represent a triumph of merchandising over creativity.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As teenagers, they are skilled in-line skaters and karate fighters, but they don't get their real powers until they turn into faceless clones in Power Rangers uniforms with plastic masks and helmets.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Q: When the Susan Sarandons and Sean Penns speak out, they do so at some risk to their career options, don't they?
    • Roger Ebert Interview | The Progressive 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.progressive.org [Source type: General]

    .Children's heroes have traditionally been individualistic and eccentric.^ Children's heroes have traditionally been individualistic and eccentric.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The Rangers are not, properly speaking, even characters.^ The Rangers are not, properly speaking, even characters.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They are color-coded products...Paging through the movie's press kit, I came across this quote attributed to Amy Jo Johnson, who plays Kimberly, the Pink Power Ranger: " `Mighty Morphin Power Rangers™: The Movie' is a mix between Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz.^ They are color-coded products...Paging through the movie's press kit, I came across this quote attributed to Amy Jo Johnson, who plays Kimberly, the Pink Power Ranger: " `Mighty Morphin Power Rangers™: The Movie' is a mix between Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He explains his theory of Jedi Warriordom to Wilton, who has apparently never seen "Star Wars" episodes I, II and III. Little joke.
    • Clooney's Cookie Crumbs: [Men Who Stare at Goats] Roger Ebert Review 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC milanocookieaisle.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ About the best movie about the theater I’ve seen, seeing Orson Welles’ legendary first Broadway production through the eyes of a young would-be actor.
    • Roger Ebert – Movie Reviews - Movienewz.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.movienewz.com [Source type: General]
    • Roger Ebert – Movie Reviews - Movienewz.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.movienewz.com [Source type: General]

    ." I wonder if Amy Jo actually said "TM" when she was delivering that wonderfully fresh and spontaneous quote, which is so much more involved than anything she says in the movie.^ I wonder if Amy Jo actually said "TM" when she was delivering that wonderfully fresh and spontaneous quote, which is so much more involved than anything she says in the movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ None of them ever says anything more interesting than "You guys!"
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The film is a sincere attempt to relate the story of a man and his son trekking westward across a devastated future America, but the strength of the novel isn’t in the action; it’s in McCarthy’s prose, which evokes so much more than it says.
    • Roger Ebert – Movie Reviews - Movienewz.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.movienewz.com [Source type: General]
    • Roger Ebert – Movie Reviews - Movienewz.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.movienewz.com [Source type: General]

    .More to the point, I wonder if she has ever seen "Star Wars" or "The Wizard of Oz."^ (Star Wars: A New Hope) In the glory days of science fiction, critics wrote about the 'sense of wonder'.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Ryall: Many new reviewers spend more time laying out a movie's plot points than they do critiquing what they've seen.

    ^ He explains his theory of Jedi Warriordom to Wilton, who has apparently never seen "Star Wars" episodes I, II and III. Little joke.
    • Clooney's Cookie Crumbs: [Men Who Stare at Goats] Roger Ebert Review 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC milanocookieaisle.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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    • Review of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie (30 June 1995)
  • Parents: If you encounter teenagers who say they liked this movie, do not let them date your children.^ How do you review a movie like this?
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995): 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie' is about as close as you can get to absolute nothing and still have a product to project on the screen.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The friend can tell you if you will like the movie.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

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    • Review of Resident Evil: Apocalypse (10 September 2004)
  • Some of the acting is better than the film deserves.^ Actually, the film stock itself is better than the film deserves.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Resident Evil: Apocalypse (10 September 2004) Some of the acting is better than the film deserves.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert has occasionally accused some films of having an unwholesome political agenda, and the word " fascist " accompanied more than one of Ebert's reviews of the law-and-order films of the 1970s such as Dirty Harry .
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    .Make that all of the acting.^ Make that all of the acting.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Actually, the film stock itself is better than the film deserves.^ Actually, the film stock itself is better than the film deserves.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ CHRIS NEUMER: Yeah, and that's a lot better choice for an opening night film than Collateral Damage .
    • Roger Ebert Interview - Interview - Stumped? - Stumped At the Video Store is a Magazine About Movies, DVD releases, actors, filmakers, and more. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC stumpedmagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You know when sometimes a film catches fire inside a projector?^ You know when sometimes a film catches fire inside a projector?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Inside, he takes part in a medical experiment which, wouldn't you know it, goes wrong.
    • In brief: Ebert says colonoscopy more entertaining than Gallo's Brown Bunny | Film | guardian.co.uk 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ These are not great films, you understand, but they exist in a world that knows what greatness is, and they urge themselves toward it.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .If it happened with this one, I suspect the audience might cheer.^ If it happened with this one, I suspect the audience might cheer.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Saving Silverman is so bad in so many different ways that perhaps you should see it, as an example of the lowest slopes of the bell-shaped curve.^ Review of Revolver (7 December 2007) Saving Silverman is so bad in so many different ways that perhaps you should see it, as an example of the lowest slopes of the bell-shaped curve.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Saving Silverman (9 February 2001) The Spice Girls are easier to tell apart than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , but that is small consolation: What can you say about five women whose principal distinguishing characteristic is that they have different names?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They're kind of like the temps of film reviews: you'll see them one week, gone the next, like a dream of neutrality.
    • Roger Ebert's Glorious **** - Initial JM - Open Salon 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC open.salon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This is the kind of movie that gives even its defenders fits of desperation.^ This is the kind of movie that gives even its defenders fits of desperation.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Even weeks later, the Rotten Tomato meter gives this movie an 8% approval rating.
    • Criticizing the Critcs: Roger Ebert by Tom Blain for JackassCritics.cm 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.jackasscritics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Consider my friend James Berardinelli, the best of the Web-based critics.^ Consider my friend James Berardinelli , the best of the Web-based critics.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That's part of the reason why he's one of my favorite critics, so I can see why Kevin considers it something of an honor to sit in his chair.
    • "Ebert and Roeper"? More like "Smith and Roeper". - Kevin Smith's MySpace Blog | 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He and a friend have been debating about my qualities as a film critic, and they've involved a considerable critic, Dan Schneider, in their discussion.

    .No doubt 10 days of oxygen deprivation at the Sundance Film Festival helped inspire his three-star review, in which he reports optimistically, "Saving Silverman" has its share of pratfalls and slapstick moments, but there's almost no flatulence."^ No doubt 10 days of oxygen deprivation at the Sundance Film Festival helped inspire his three-star review, in which he reports optimistically, " Saving Silverman " has its share of pratfalls and slapstick moments, but there's almost no flatulence."
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert’s review CAN help the film get released.
    • Roger Ebert Raves about Sita Sings the Blues | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: General]

    ^ In his review of The Manson Family , he gave the film three stars for achieving what it set out to do, but admitted that didn't count as a recommendation per se .
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    .Here's a critical rule of thumb: You know you're in trouble when you're reduced to praising a movie for its absence of fart jokes, and have to add "almost"...^ Here's a critical rule of thumb: You know you're in trouble when you're reduced to praising a movie for its absence of fart jokes, and have to add "almost"...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Internet gives you potentially the opportunity to find out almost anything you want to know, thats the good thing.
    • INT: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The good critic never says what you would like or wouldn't like because I don't know what you would like.
    • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Roger Ebert . June 24, 2005 | PBS 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    as for Neil Diamond, Saving Silverman is his first appearance in a fiction film since The Jazz Singer, and one can only marvel that he waited 20 years to appear in a second film, and found one even worse than his first one.
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  • The Spice Girls are easier to tell apart than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but that is small consolation: What can you say about five women whose principal distinguishing characteristic is that they have different names?^ Review of Saving Silverman (9 February 2001) The Spice Girls are easier to tell apart than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , but that is small consolation: What can you say about five women whose principal distinguishing characteristic is that they have different names?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie...
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Spice World is obviously intended as a ripoff of A Hard Day's Night which gave The Beatles to the movies...the huge difference, of course, is that the Beatles were talented--while, let's face it, the Spice Girls could be duplicated by any five women under the age of 30 standing in line at Dunkin' Donuts .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They occupy Spice World as if they were watching it: They're so detached they can't even successfully lip-synch their own songs.^ They occupy Spice World as if they were watching it: They're so detached they can't even successfully lip-synch their own songs.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In the long run they might even have recouped more than the money they're asking for.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ They aren’t religious wars, but they’re the three wars in American history that are sacrosanct, that you can’t say anything bad about: the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II. .
    • Roger Ebert Interview | The Progressive 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.progressive.org [Source type: General]

    .During a rehearsal scene, their director tells them, with such truth that we may be hearing a secret message from the screenwriter, "That was absolutely perfect--without being actually any good."^ I guess that means this may actually be good.
    • Roger Ebert, the universe slam Michael Bay's Transformers sequel in early reviews | SCI FI Wire 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC scifiwire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ During a rehearsal scene, their director tells them, with such truth that we may be hearing a secret message from the screenwriter, "That was absolutely perfect--without being actually any good."
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Did your hear what I said, distributors?--It will be so good, people will steal it from the video store....you still get to make people mad and make the bank, as opposed to making them mad without it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    Spice World is obviously intended as a ripoff of A Hard Day's Night which gave The Beatles to the movies...the huge difference, of course, is that the Beatles were talented--while, let's face it, the Spice Girls could be duplicated by any five women under the age of 30 standing in line at Dunkin' Donuts.

One-star reviews

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  • I remember when hard-core first became commonplace, and there were discussions about what it would be like if a serious director ever made a porn movie.^ I would like to see more 3-D movies like that.
    • Roger Ebert Says It So I Don’t Have To | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This is a movie made for nobody, about nothing.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Tarnation - Nobody has ever made a movie like it!
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The answer, judging by Anatomy of Hell, is that the audience would decide they did not require such a serious director after all.^ If a director is clearly trying to make a particular kind of movie, and his audiences are looking for a particular kind of movie, part of my job is judging how close he came to achieving his purpose."
    • Roger Ebert (kottke.org) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.kottke.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And I bet the whole world would be happy, if their career was based on a lie, where they did nothing but walk around, pretending they were important.
    • "Ebert and Roeper"? More like "Smith and Roeper". - Kevin Smith's MySpace Blog | 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Annette Hanshaw recordings in "Sita" are all in public domain, having not had their copyrights renewed back when such things were still required.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

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  • Here it is at last, the first 150-minute trailer.^ PM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Western Infidels at 5:51 PM on August 12, 2005 I really like Ebert, but was shocked to all hell when he gave The Terminal a positive review.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If the first few minutes of a movie are abhorrent or pointless, the reviewer can leave or stay.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Armageddon is cut together like its own highlights.^ Armageddon is cut together like its own highlights.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Take almost any 30 seconds at random, and you'd have a TV ad.^ Take almost any 30 seconds at random, and you'd have a TV ad.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert: But by the time you got to that, the boos were already 30 seconds old.
    • Roger Ebert Interview | The Progressive 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.progressive.org [Source type: General]

    .The movie is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense, and the human desire to be entertained.^ The movie is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense, and the human desire to be entertained.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.
  • Blue Velvet contains scenes of such raw emotional energy that it's easy to understand why some critics have hailed it as a masterpiece.^ Review of Armageddon (1 July 1998) Blue Velvet contains scenes of such raw emotional energy that it's easy to understand why some critics have hailed it as a masterpiece.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert has occasionally accused some films of having an unwholesome political agenda, and the word " fascist " accompanied more than one of Ebert's reviews of the law-and-order films of the 1970s such as Dirty Harry .
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    A film this painful and wounding has to be given special consideration. .
  • The Bucket List is a movie about two old codgers who are nothing like people, both suffering from cancer that is nothing like cancer, and setting off on adventures that are nothing like possible.^ Has Ebert ever revised his review of Blue Velvet?
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Blue Velvet (19 September 1986) The Bucket List is a movie about two old codgers who are nothing like people, both suffering from cancer that is nothing like cancer, and setting off on adventures that are nothing like possible.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ A story is about people who behave.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .I urgently advise hospitals: Do not make the DVD available to your patients; there may be an outbreak of bedpans thrown at TV screens.^ I urgently advise hospitals: Do not make the DVD available to your patients; there may be an outbreak of bedpans thrown at TV screens.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But to make the information available to those who may be curious to learn more; that seems like a more productive approach to me.
    • Roger Ebert give a thumbs up to new film on Peak Oil - Chapter 17a: Peak Oil | Forums at Chris Martenson 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.chrismartenson.com [Source type: General]

    ^ (Please be patient, it may take a moment for your comment to appear.
    • Roger Ebert, the universe slam Michael Bay's Transformers sequel in early reviews | SCI FI Wire 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC scifiwire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • The director, whose name is Pitof, was probably issued with two names at birth and would be wise to use the other one on his next project.^ Review of The Bucket List (10 January 2008) The director, whose name is Pitof, was probably issued with two names at birth and would be wise to use the other one on his next project.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That would be much more useful than all the little games you could play, which is next to useless to me.
    • INT: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Blue Velvet (19 September 1986) The Bucket List is a movie about two old codgers who are nothing like people, both suffering from cancer that is nothing like cancer, and setting off on adventures that are nothing like possible.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot.^ Review of Catwoman (23 July 2004) I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert's a professional and has been reviewing movies for a very long time.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Roger may not give away endings, usually, but I’ve often had the experience of learning 2/3 to 3/4 of a movie’s plot from his reviews alone.
    • Hot Air » Blog Archive » Roger Ebert: If you criticize CNN, you might be a terrorist 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC hotair.com [Source type: General]

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  • The result is a horrible mess of a movie, without shape, trajectory or purpose--a one joke movie, if it had one joke.^ Review of Diary of a Mad Black Woman (25 February 2005) The result is a horrible mess of a movie, without shape, trajectory or purpose--a one joke movie, if it had one joke.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Catwoman (23 July 2004) I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Recently Roger Ebert gave the movie Tru Loved a one-star review in the Chicago Sun-Times .
    • roger ebert - The Screengrab 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.nerve.com [Source type: General]

    .The two characters wander witlessly past the bizarre backdrops of Las Vegas (some real, some hallucinated, all interchangeable) while zonked out of their minds.^ The two characters wander witlessly past the bizarre backdrops of Las Vegas (some real, some hallucinated, all interchangeable) while zonked out of their minds.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ One of Roeper's complaints was that I was animated and all of the other characters in the movie were "real."
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Also, QT never really gives you the entire picture on his characters, he gives you some basic info and lets you work out the rest.
    • The Quentin Tarantino Archives Community • View topic - Roger Ebert finally reviewed GRINDHOUSE 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tarantino.info [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Humor depends on attitude.^ Humor depends on attitude.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Beyond a certain point, you don't have an attitude, you simply inhabit a state.^ Beyond a certain point, you don't have an attitude, you simply inhabit a state.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Satire requires a coherent,underlying point of view beyond hacky stand-up cliches: "Don't you just hate self-important Hollywood actors?!?!
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I've heard a lot of funny jokes about drunks and druggies, but these guys are stoned beyond comprehension, to the point where most of their dialog could be paraphrased as "eh?"...^ Tavis: I've not seen it, but I've heard about that.
    • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Roger Ebert . June 24, 2005 | PBS 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I've heard a lot of funny jokes about drunks and druggies, but these guys are stoned beyond comprehension, to the point where most of their dialog could be paraphrased as "eh?"...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ About precisely how much these two guys meant to me...
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .As for Depp, what was he thinking he made this movie?^ As for Depp , what was he thinking he made this movie?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Think of how many children could have been fed, and how many collective hours and brain cells could've been saved if this movie wasn't made.
    • Roger Ebert, the universe slam Michael Bay's Transformers sequel in early reviews | SCI FI Wire 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC scifiwire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .He was once in trouble for trashing a New York hotel room, just like the heroes of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.^ He was once in trouble for trashing a New York hotel room, just like the heroes of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (22 May 1998) Last year, I reviewed a nine-hour documentary about the lives of Mongolian yak herdsmen, and I would rather see it again than sit through The Frighteners.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ We just say here's a new movie, and we review it, and we get off the beaten path--not just the big movies, like 'Batman Begins,' but also little movies like 'Me and You and Everyone We Know.'
    • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Roger Ebert . June 24, 2005 | PBS 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    What was that? Research? After River Phoenix died of an overdose outside Depp's club, you wouldn't think Depp would see much humor in this story--but then, of course, there *isn't* much humor in this story.
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  • Last year, I reviewed a nine-hour documentary about the lives of Mongolian yak herdsmen, and I would rather see it again than sit through The Frighteners.
  • There is a word for this movie, and that word is: Ick.^ I would like to see more 3-D movies like that.
    • Roger Ebert Says It So I Don’t Have To | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (22 May 1998) Last year, I reviewed a nine-hour documentary about the lives of Mongolian yak herdsmen, and I would rather see it again than sit through The Frighteners.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of The Frighteners (19 July 1996) There is a word for this movie, and that word is: Ick.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • The best shot in this film is the first one.^ Review of Good Luck Chuck (21 September 2007) The best shot in this film is the first one.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert's reviews can clash with the overall reception of movies, as evidenced by his one-star review of the celebrated 1986 David Lynch film Blue Velvet ("marred by sophomoric satire and cheap shots...
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Erin Brockovich (17 March 2000) By the end of this long film, I would have traded any given gladiatorial victory for just one shot of blue skies...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Not a good sign... .After the screening was over and the lights went up, I observed a couple of my colleagues in deep and earnest conversation, trying to resolve twists in the plot.^ After the screening was over and the lights went up, I observed a couple of my colleagues in deep and earnest conversation, trying to resolve twists in the plot.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As my colleague Gene Siskel observed, 'If the third reel had been the missing footage from Orson Welles ' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) this movie still would have sucked.'
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I grew up in my teens in Glover Park and went to Wilson High,,,, were you in NW DC? .
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They were applying more thought to the movie than the makers did.^ They were applying more thought to the movie than the makers did.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Although recently he does seem a little more forgiving than in the past, this week he gave *two* movies the ol' Zero Star treatment.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ There is no doubt I would have lived my whole life without ever having heard of this movie, and now I want nothing more than to watch it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .A critic's mind is a terrible thing to waste.^ A critic's mind is a terrible thing to waste.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Terri (Hilary Duff)'s new roommate is Denise (Dana Davis), who plans to work hard for a scholarship, and resents [Duff] as a distraction.^ Capone, do you know of any plans to resurrect the show with a new syndicator?
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of I Know What You Did Last Summer (17 October 1997) Terri ( Hilary Duff )'s new roommate is Denise (Dana Davis), who plans to work hard for a scholarship, and resents [Duff] as a distraction.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You know who you are.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    Sizing up Terri's wardrobe and her smile, she tells her: "You're like some kind of retro Brady Buncher." I hate it when a movie contains its own review. .
  • If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together.^ Review of Raise Your Voice (8 October 2004) If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together.
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You could see the little earpieces with which they apparently received cues; you could imagine the performance otherwise breaking down into chaos.
    • Chicago can't match Beijing's opening ceremonies :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago 2016 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .Then close your eyes and use your imagination...^ Then close your eyes and use your imagination.
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Then close your eyes and use your imagination."
    • Roger Ebert, the universe slam Michael Bay's Transformers sequel in early reviews | SCI FI Wire 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC scifiwire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Then close your eyes and use your imagination...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The movie has been signed by Michael Bay.^ The movie has been signed by Michael Bay.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This is the same man who directed The Rock in 1996. Now he has made Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Faust made a better deal.^ This is the same man who directed The Rock in 1996.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Now he has made Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Faust made a better deal.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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    • Review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (23 June 2009)
  • Wild Wild West is a comedy dead zone.^ Review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (23 June 2009) Wild Wild West is a comedy dead zone.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Now he has made Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Now he has made "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You stare in disbelief as scenes flop and die.^ You stare in disbelief as scenes flop and die.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The movie is all concept and no content; the elaborate special effects are like watching money burn on the screen.^ The movie is all concept and no content; the elaborate special effects are like watching money burn on the screen.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If it costs $250 million, as reported, or $350 million, as rumored, you reflect: That's a lot of money, but after seeing the movie I guess I saw most of it up there on the screen.

    ^ There is no doubt I would have lived my whole life without ever having heard of this movie, and now I want nothing more than to watch it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .You know something has gone wrong when a story is about two heroes in the Old West, and the last shot is of a mechanical spider riding off into the sunset.^ You know something has gone wrong when a story is about two heroes in the Old West, and the last shot is of a mechanical spider riding off into the sunset.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It's creepy out there in the forest, and how much do you really know about nice folks you meet on vacation?
    • Roger Ebert: New on DVD :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Movies 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC poll.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Hell, you may write off Resident Evil (the whole series) as cheap zombie fare, but underneath is a story about research and capitalism and the perils of not knowing where to draw the line.
    • Roger Ebert and Video Games: A Sign of the Times - Blogcritics Gaming 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogcritics.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • There have been articles lately asking why the United States is so hated in some parts of the world.^ Review of Wild Wild West (30 June 1999) There have been articles lately asking why the United States is so hated in some parts of the world.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ United States: I can only speak for myself, but for me, I think part of this is due to the enormity of accepting all that appears to be facing us in our future.
    • Roger Ebert give a thumbs up to new film on Peak Oil - Chapter 17a: Peak Oil | Forums at Chris Martenson 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.chrismartenson.com [Source type: General]

    ^ June 18, 1942 ( 1942-06-18 ) (age 67) Urbana , Illinois , United States .
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    .As this week's Exhibit A from Hollywood, I offer Zoolander, a comedy about a plot to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia because of his opposition to child labor.^ As this week's Exhibit A from Hollywood, I offer Zoolander , a comedy about a plot to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia because of his opposition to child labor.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The logic: Child labor is necessary to the economic health of the fashion industry, and so its opponents must be eliminated...if the Malaysians made a comedy about the assassination of the president of the United States because of his opposition to slavery, it would seem approximately as funny to us as Zoolander would seem to them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Last Shot - Comedies about Hollywood tend to be some of the funniest comedies Hollywood makes...add The Last Shot to that list.
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You might want to read that sentence twice.^ You might want everything on economics - and so you go to the economics topic page.
    • Z Space - Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.zmag.org [Source type: General]

    ^ You might want everything on Iraq - and so you go to the Iraq place page.
    • Z Space - Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.zmag.org [Source type: General]

    The logic: Child labor is necessary to the economic health of the fashion industry, and so its opponents must be eliminated...if the Malaysians made a comedy about the assassination of the president of the United States because of his opposition to slavery, it would seem approximately as funny to us as Zoolander would seem to them.

One-and-a-half star reviews

  • In the upstairs bedroom, old Ann dies very slowly, remembering the events of the long-ago wedding night and the next morning...She is attended by a nurse with an Irish accent (Eileen Atkins), who sometimes prompts her: "Remember a happy time!" Dissolve to Ann's memory of a happy time. .It is so mundane that if it qualifies as a high point in her life, it compares with Paris Hilton remembering a good stick of gum.^ It is so mundane that if it qualifies as a high point in her life, it compares with Paris Hilton remembering a good stick of gum.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (The Life of David Gale) "I'm trying to remember the last movie I saw that didn't end with a high school prom...
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

  • Going to see Godzilla at the Palais of the Cannes Film Festival is like attending a satanic ritual in St. Peter's Basilica. .It's a rebuke to the faith that the building represents.^ It's a rebuke to the faith that the building represents.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Cannes touchingly adheres to a belief that film can be intelligent, moving and grand.^ Cannes touchingly adheres to a belief that film can be intelligent, moving and grand.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Godzilla is a big, ugly, ungainly device to give teenagers the impression they are seeing a movie.^ At least they get to see the movies.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Why did they give an R rating to a movie perfect for teenagers?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Godzilla is a big, ugly, ungainly device to give teenagers the impression they are seeing a movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It was the festival's closing film, coming at the end like the horses in a parade, perhaps for the same reason.^ It was the festival's closing film, coming at the end like the horses in a parade, perhaps for the same reason.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The reason is simple: you can't produce a crappy animation film just like that, not like a photographic film.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Well, lo and behold, the World Film Festival of Bangkok snapped up the film and made my wish come true.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

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  • I saw The Lonely Guy all by myself.^ Review of Godzilla (26 May 1998) I saw The Lonely Guy all by myself.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of The Lonely Guy (1 January 1984) We can laugh at comedies like this for two reasons: Because we feel superior to the characters, or because we pity or like them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I do not have a need "all the time" to take myself away from the oppressive facts of my life, however oppressive they may be, in order to go somewhere where I have control.
    • N'Gai Croal Vs. Roger Ebert Vs. Clive Barker on Whether Videogames Can Be (High) Art. Round 1--Fight! - Level Up Blog - Newsweek.com 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blog.newsweek.com [Source type: General]

    .It was one of those Saturday afternoons where the snow is coming down gray and mean, and you can't even get a decent recorded message on the answering machines of strangers ...^ It was one of those Saturday afternoons where the snow is coming down gray and mean, and you can't even get a decent recorded message on the answering machines of strangers ...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In MY mind,it comes down to what kind of Republic you wanna have in 20 years.
    • Roger Ebert Slams McCain | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Even if you haven't seen the first one, this is a great film.
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ."Good luck," an usher told me.^ 'Good luck,' an usher told me.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "Good luck," an usher told me.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ."You're going to need it."^ You're going to be seeing him again many times over the years.

    ^ You're not going to forget it.
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "You're going to need it."
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    He was right ... .The Lonely Guy is the kind of movie that seems to have been made to play in empty theaters on overcast January afternoons ...^ The Lonely Guy is the kind of movie that seems to have been made to play in empty theaters on overcast January afternoons ...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In any cop movie made since the mid-'70s, the bad guys smoke, while the good guy is trying to quit.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of The Lonely Guy (1 January 1984) We can laugh at comedies like this for two reasons: Because we feel superior to the characters, or because we pity or like them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    [It] is the kind of movie that inspires you to distract yourself by counting the commercial products visible on the screen, and speculating about whether their manufacturers paid fees to have them worked into the movie. .I counted two Diet 7-Ups, two Tabs, and Steve Martin.^ I counted two Diet 7-Ups, two Tabs, and Steve Martin.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • We can laugh at comedies like this for two reasons: Because we feel superior to the characters, or because we pity or like them.^ Review of The Lonely Guy (1 January 1984) We can laugh at comedies like this for two reasons: Because we feel superior to the characters, or because we pity or like them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Before Sunrise (January 27, 1995) Censors feel they are safe from objectionable material but must protect others who are not as smart or moral.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Like great fiction, House of Sand and Fog sees into the hearts of its characters, and loves and pities them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I do not much like laughing down at people, which is why the comedies of Adam Sandler make me squirmy (most people, I know, laugh because they like him).^ But everybody knows what they like ...
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I like it when people are just bad because they're bad.
    • Roger Ebert Interview | The Progressive 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.progressive.org [Source type: General]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I do not much like laughing down at people, which is why the comedies of Adam Sandler make me squirmy (most people, I know, laugh because they like him).
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .In the case of Napoleon Dynamite, I certainly don't like him, but then the movie makes no attempt to make him likable.^ In the case of Napoleon Dynamite, I certainly don't like him, but then the movie makes no attempt to make him likable.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You don’t have to agree with him — and I certainly didn’t in this book, when he ragged on Team America and Jesus is Magic , two movies where I laughed myself sick — to know that he’s on your side.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But in both of these cases (and by in large in his reviews in general) reading Ebert’s review lets you understand why he thinks like he does; you don’t have to agree, but you understand where he comes from.
    • Roger Ebert « Whatever 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC whatever.scalzi.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Truth is, it doesn't even try to be a comedy.^ Truth is, it doesn't even try to be a comedy.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It tells his story and we are supposed to laugh because we find humor the movie pretends it doesn't know about.^ It tells his story and we are supposed to laugh because we find humor the movie pretends it doesn't know about.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Messenger knows that even if it tells a tearjerking story, it doesn't have to be a tearjerker.
    • ROTTEN TOMATOES: Roger Ebert - Rotten Tomatoes 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.rottentomatoes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It seems to be all about ROI and boardroom decisions (armchair quarterbacking) and ego - at least this is what several people I know in the film industry tell me.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Pearl Harbor is a two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how on December 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle.^ Review of Napoleon Dynamite (18 June 2004) Pearl Harbor is a two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how on December 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On Pearl Harbor (2001): 'Pearl Harbor' is a two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how on December 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Occasionally I will avoid a film I had previously fancied if they give it a terrible review - "Pearl Harbor" springs to mind.
    • Metacritic: Movie Reviews by Critic and Publication 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Its centerpiece is 40 minutes of redundant special effects, surrounded by a love story of stunning banality.^ Its centerpiece is 40 minutes of redundant special effects, surrounded by a love story of stunning banality.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The film has been directed without grace, vision, or originality, and although you may walk out quoting lines of dialog, it will not be because you admire them.^ The film has been directed without grace, vision, or originality, and although you may walk out quoting lines of dialog, it will not be because you admire them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ New Rules You must quote a professional critic's original story.
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It works as a goad, because you walk additional distances to pile up the numbers.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • It's like the high school production of something you saw at Steppenwolf, with the most gifted students in drama class playing the John Malkovich and Joan Allen roles.^ It looks like something that was written in high-school.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Pearl Harbor (25 May 2001) It's like the high school production of something you saw at Steppenwolf , with the most gifted students in drama class playing the John Malkovich and Joan Allen roles.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (The Life of David Gale) "I'm trying to remember the last movie I saw that didn't end with a high school prom...
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

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  • Attending this new version, I felt oddly as if I were watching a provincial stock company doing the best it could without the Broadway cast.^ Review of The Pink Panther (10 February 2006) Attending this new version, I felt oddly as if I were watching a provincial stock company doing the best it could without the Broadway cast.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I tried to watch the new version and it's like an Entertainment Tonight version of reviewing movies: quick cuts, no depth and "experts" who haven't even seen the films they're reviewing & rely on heresey.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In the '80s I would buy his book of reviews every year just to read the 10-15% that was new material.
    • Roger Ebert Slams McCain | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: General]

    .I was reminded of the child prodigy who was summoned to perform for a famous pianist.^ I was reminded of the child prodigy who was summoned to perform for a famous pianist.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The child climbed onto the piano stool and played something by Chopin with great speed and accuracy.^ The child climbed onto the piano stool and played something by Chopin with great speed and accuracy.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The great musician then patted the child on the head and said, 'You can play the notes.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The great musician then patted the child on the head and said, 'You can play the notes.^ The great musician then patted the child on the head and said, 'You can play the notes.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The child climbed onto the piano stool and played something by Chopin with great speed and accuracy.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Q: You yourself generated some controversy recently when you said Bush acts as though God is his football coach and is sending in plays from the sidelines.
    • Roger Ebert Interview | The Progressive 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.progressive.org [Source type: General]

    .Someday, you may be able to play the music.'^ Someday, you may be able to play the music.'
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Here's a movie that stretches out every moment for more than it's worth, until even the moments of inspiration seem forced.^ Review of Psycho (6 December 1998) Here's a movie that stretches out every moment for more than it's worth, until even the moments of inspiration seem forced.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Ghostbusters (1 January 1984) Anna’s reaction is more complex than you might imagine, and it’s at such a moment you appreciate the woman in the writer-director’s chair.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Although recently he does seem a little more forgiving than in the past, this week he gave *two* movies the ol' Zero Star treatment.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Since the basic idea of the movie is a good one and there are talented people in the cast, what we have here is a film shot down by its own forced and mannered style.^ (D.O.A.) "By directing one good film, you prove that you had a movie inside of you.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ There will be good 3D movies and bad 3D movies.
    • Roger Ebert Says It So I Don’t Have To | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Since the basic idea of the movie is a good one and there are talented people in the cast, what we have here is a film shot down by its own forced and mannered style.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Two star reviews

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  • Since the scenes where they're together are so much less convincing than the ones where they fall apart, watching the movie is like being on a double-date from hell.^ But since they're robots, they can get away with it.
    • Roger Ebert, the universe slam Michael Bay's Transformers sequel in early reviews | SCI FI Wire 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC scifiwire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Since the scenes where they're together are so much less convincing than the ones where they fall apart, watching the movie is like being on a double-date from hell.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It wasn’t a matter of the depth as much as the drops being so vertical and skinny they weren’t resolving/synching properly for the 3d to work.
    • Roger Ebert Finds 3-D Films Annoying | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I know that the real Brockovich liked to dress provocatively; that's her personal style and she's welcome to it.^ And after reading your review about torture and things like that in the movie, I'm really excited to see it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He says it right up front in the enthusiastic introduction to his review, " Tulpan is a gem of a discovery, one that deserves all the adulation it likely won't get.
    • Wings of Desire, Monsoon Wedding, and The Girlfriend Experience 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I don't know if Ebert was this irreverent when he was in the critic's chair w/Siskel, but I personally like the "I don't give a fuck anymore" Ebert version 2.0.
    • Roger Ebert Slams McCain | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: General]

    .But the Hollywood version makes her look like a miniskirted hooker, with bras that peek cheerfully above her necklines.^ But the Hollywood version makes her look like a miniskirted hooker, with bras that peek cheerfully above her necklines.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Erin Brockovich (17 March 2000) By the end of this long film, I would have traded any given gladiatorial victory for just one shot of blue skies...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He has given us some great film advice over a long career and it was always a joy to wait for that theme music and see which way the thumbs went!
    • Roger Ebert adds to health care debate on iPhone, Mac use - AppleInsider 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC forums.appleinsider.com [Source type: General]

    Gladiator lacks joy. .It employs depression as a substitute for personality, and believes that if the characters are bitter and morose enough, we won't notice how dull they are.^ It employs depression as a substitute for personality, and believes that if the characters are bitter and morose enough, we won't notice how dull they are.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Bombers and fighter planes and rockets and tanks are thrilling at that age when you are old enough to understand how they work but too young to understand what they do.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ These are just some things that I noticed, but bear in mind that I think Tarantino does an excellent job in conveying characters and relationships in the way that you get a feel for the character but without just telling you what kind of person they are.
    • The Quentin Tarantino Archives Community • View topic - Roger Ebert finally reviewed GRINDHOUSE 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tarantino.info [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Things I Hate About You) "It was W. C. Fields who hated to appear in the same scene with a child, a dog, or a plunging neckline - because nobody in the audience would be looking at him.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Art, which never would have appeared in quite the same way as it does now.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .Jennifer Aniston has the same problem in this movie even when she's in scenes all by herself.^ Jennifer Aniston has the same problem in this movie even when she's in scenes all by herself."
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Jennifer Aniston has the same problem in this movie even when she's in scenes all by herself.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Indispensable scene in all JAMES BOND movies and many other action pictures, especially war films.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Showgirls is the first big-budget "adults only" movie in a few years and, to be sure, it contains so much nudity that the sexy parts are when the girls put on their clothes.^ Ebert was making this point by reviewing a movie after seeing only the first part.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Picture Perfect (1 August 1997) Showgirls is the first big-budget "adults only" movie in a few years and, to be sure, it contains so much nudity that the sexy paarts are when the girls put on their clothes.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Good Lord, only a few sentences into the review and it's already funnier than the actual movie!
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It contains no true eroticism, however, and that's why I think it reflects a grounding in sexual fantasy: Eroticism requires a mental connection between two people, while masturbation requires only the other person's image.^ It contains no true eroticism, however, and that's why I think it reflects a grounding in sexual fantasy: Eroticism requires a mental connection between two people, while masturbation requires only the other person's image.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It is the end result of an era where the world is just to depressing, where people no longer go to the movies to be mentally challenged, but rather to be entertained and to spend two hours plus not worrying about making rent, finding a job, or any of the other things people have to worry about.
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ No two real people in the history of mankind have ever spoken like this...
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

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  • Troy is based on the epic poem The Iliad by Homer, according to the credits.^ Review of Showgirls (22 September 1995) Troy is based on the epic poem The Iliad by Homer, according to the credits.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Caligula (22 September 1980) Deuce Bigalow is aggressively bad, as if it wants to cause suffering to the audience.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Hackers (September 15, 1995) Most people choose movies that provide exactly what they expect, and tell them things they already know.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Homer's estate should sue.^ Homer's estate should sue.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Philip Kaufman's Twisted walks like a thriller and talks like a thriller, but it squawks like a turkey.^ October 21st, 2008 12:48 pm ET Well people may not have liked his tactics, but he stands by his review.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


    .But back to deus ex machina.^ But back to deus ex machina .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I'd say that some of Mel Croucher's more esoteric experiments - Deus Ex Machina, ID - represent interactive performance art, but that's open to debate.
    • Games definitely not art - Ebert News | Eurogamer 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.eurogamer.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The other day I employed the useful term 'deus ex machina' in a review, and received several messages from readers who are not proficient in Latin.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .This is a phrase you will want to study and master, not merely to amaze friends during long bus journeys but because it so perfectly describes what otherwise might take you thousands of words.^ This is a phrase you will want to study and master, not merely to amaze friends during long bus journeys but because it so perfectly describes what otherwise might take you thousands of words.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ If you want to study the medium drop by.
    • Roger Ebert Says It So I Don’t Have To | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If you try to do it on DSL, and you want DVD quality, you might as well just walk away from your computer and come back tomorrow, or next week.
    • INT: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Imagine a play on a stage.^ Imagine a play on a stage.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    The hero is in a fix. .The dragon is breathing fire, his sword is broken, his leg is broken, his spirit is broken, and the playwright's imagination is broken.^ The dragon is breathing fire, his sword is broken, his leg is broken, his spirit is broken, and the playwright's imagination is broken.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Suddenly there is the offstage noise of the grinding of gears, and invisible machinery lowers a god onto the stage, who slays the dragon, heals the hero, and fires the playwright.^ Suddenly there is the offstage noise of the grinding of gears, and invisible machinery lowers a god onto the stage, who slays the dragon, heals the hero, and fires the playwright.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Q: And there's no arguing with someone who can just bring out the God card.
    • Roger Ebert Interview | The Progressive 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.progressive.org [Source type: General]

    ^ The dragon is breathing fire, his sword is broken, his leg is broken, his spirit is broken, and the playwright's imagination is broken.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    He is the "god from the machine."

Two-and-a-half star reviews

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  • A movie should present its characters with a problem and then watch them solve it, not without difficulty.^ (Star Trek: First Contact) A movie should present its characters with a problem and then watch them solve it, not without difficulty.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ A movie should present its characters with a problem and then watch them solve it, not without difficulty.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ [On New Moon (2009)]: The characters in this movie should be arrested for loitering with intent to moan.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .So says an old and reliable screenplay formula.^ So says an old and reliable screenplay formula.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Countless movies have been made about a boy and a girl who have a problem (they haven't slept with each other) and after difficulties (family, war, economic, health, rival lover, stupid misunderstanding) they solve it by sleeping with each other.^ What about other movies about class?
    • Roger Ebert Interview | The Progressive 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.progressive.org [Source type: General]

    ^ This is a movie made for nobody, about nothing.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Countless movies have been made about a boy and a girl who have a problem (they haven't slept with each other) and after difficulties (family, war, economic, health, rival lover, stupid misunderstanding) they solve it by sleeping with each other.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Now we have a movie about two homosexuals that follows the same reliable convention.^ Now we have a movie about two homosexuals that follows the same reliable convention.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ In the same way, if "American Beauty" gets four stars, then "Leland" clocks in at about two...
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ And a generation of kids who only have seen the first two movies on TV and video can now see them in theaters.” .
    • Roger Ebert Says It So I Don’t Have To | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I could list some Japanese films illustrating this, but the last thing the audience for Memoirs of a Geisha wants to see is a more truthful film with less gorgeous women and shabbier production values.^ You want more reviews?
    • roger ebert - The Screengrab 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.nerve.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Latter Days (13 February 2004) I could list some Japanese films illustrating this, but the last thing the audience for Memoirs of a Geisha wants to see is a more truthful film with less gorgeous women and shabbier production values.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I like the reviews more the more he hated the film.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I do not demand that all movies have a story to pull us from beginning to end, and indeed one of the charms of The Big Lebowski, the Coens' previous film, is how its stoned hero loses track of the thread of his own life.^ Review of Memoirs of a Geisha (9 December 2005) I do not demand that all movies have a story to pull us from beginning to end, and indeed one of the charms of The Big Lebowski , the Coens' previous film, is how its stoned hero loses track of the thread of his own life.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But how many films has he reviewed and not seen?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I am smiling from one end of the film to the other.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .But with O Brother, Where Are Thou? I had the sense of invention set adrift; of a series of bright ideas wondering why they had all been invited to the same film.^ I had the sense of invention set adrift; of a series of bright ideas wondering why they had all been invited to the same film.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They all seem to be the same.
    • The Quentin Tarantino Archives Community • View topic - Roger Ebert finally reviewed GRINDHOUSE 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tarantino.info [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The new wave of "zombie" films are really starting tobother me, like the 28 series, and all these other remakes.
    • The Quentin Tarantino Archives Community • View topic - Roger Ebert finally reviewed GRINDHOUSE 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tarantino.info [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Now that we know Quentin Tarantino can make a movie like Reservoir Dogs, it's time for him to move on and make a better one.^ How do you review a movie like this?
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Mad Dog Time (29 November 1996) I hated this movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It cannot make the story of a movie one iota better.
    • Roger Ebert Finds 3-D Films Annoying | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • To know me is to love me.^ Review of Reservoir Dogs (26 October 1992 To know me is to love me.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He bashed Reservoir Dogs and praises Knowing.
    • Roger Ebert's Best Films of 2009 - AbsolutePunk.net 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.absolutepunk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ By AnneMarie Baker-Simmons on October 26, 2009 7:39 PM I absolutely loved this film.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .This cliche is popular for a reason, because most of us, I imagine, believe deep in our hearts that if anyone truly got to know us, they'd truly get to love us - or at least know why we're the way we are.^ "I know they're still alive."
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That's because the characters are not themselves - they are us.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ This cliche is popular for a reason, because most of us, I imagine, believe deep in our hearts that if anyone truly got to know us, they'd truly get to love us - or at least know why we're the way we are.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The problem in life, maybe the central problem, is that so few people ever seem to have sufficient curiosity to do the job on us that we know we deserve.^ The problem in life, maybe the central problem, is that so few people ever seem to have sufficient curiosity to do the job on us that we know we deserve.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It seems to be all about ROI and boardroom decisions (armchair quarterbacking) and ego - at least this is what several people I know in the film industry tell me.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He could have written it in such a way that would have preserved his "flow" while still letting us know he had more important things to do besides his job.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Three star reviews

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  • As I swim through the summer tide of vulgarity, I find that's what I'm looking for: Movies that at least feel affection for their characters.^ As I swim through the summer tide of vulgarity, I find that's what I'm looking for: Movies that at least feel affection for their characters.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And you can't find a way to sit through a good part of a movie in order to review it?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ State of mind will be easier to create when an audience can feel a character’s world around them and actually “see” things through that charcters eyes.
    • Roger Ebert Finds 3-D Films Annoying | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Raunchy is OK. Cruel is not.^ Raunchy is OK. Cruel is not.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • One hopeful sign that the filmmakers can learn and grow is that the sequel does not contain a single pie, if you know what I mean.^ Review of American Pie (July 9, 1999) One hopeful sign that the filmmakers can learn and grow is that the sequel does not contain a single pie, if you know what I mean.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It was one of those Saturday afternoons where the snow is coming down gray and mean, and you can't even get a decent recorded message on the answering machines of strangers ...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As you may know, Harlan is a fierce guardian of his copyrights; he was one of the first authors to form a company (the Kilimanjaro Corporation) to protect them.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

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  • The movie cheerfully offends all civilized notions of taste, decorum, manners and hygiene...^ Review of American Pie 2 (August 10, 2001) The movie cheerfully offends all civilized notions of taste, decorum, manners and hygiene...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (Wild Things) The movie cheerfully offends all civilized notions of taste, decorum, manners and hygiene...
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Or tell me I'm wrong.” Ebert has been reviewing movies for four decades now, and it’s a little hard to believe that he managed to resist the urge to pull this stunt for all that time.
    • roger ebert - The Screengrab 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.nerve.com [Source type: General]

    is the movie vulgar? .Vulgarity is when we don't laugh.^ Vulgarity is when we don't laugh.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .When we laugh, it's merely human nature.^ When we laugh, it's merely human nature.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

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  • The beautiful Monique insists on joining their expedition and cannot be dissuaded; we think at first she has a nefarious motive, but no, she's probably taken a class in screenplay construction and knows that the film requires a sexy female lead.^ (Bound) "The beautiful Monique insists on joining their expedition and cannot be dissuaded; we think at first she has a nefarious motive, but no, she's probably taken a class in screenplay construction and knows that the film requires a sexy female lead.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ The mind is a concern in all his screenplays, but in "Synecdoche" (2008), his first film as a director, he makes it his subject, and what huge ambition that demonstrates.

    ^ I think its not right to review a movie based on the first 8 minutes.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This could be the first case in cinematic history of a character voluntarily entering a movie because of the objective fact that she is required.^ This could be the first case in cinematic history of a character voluntarily entering a movie because of the objective fact that she is required.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This could be the first case in cinematic history of a character voluntarily entering a movie because of the objective fact that she is required."
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ No movie made since 1977 containing a character with the first name "Cole" has been any good.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • ...it is widely but wrongly believed that Beavis and Butt-Head celebrates its characters, and applauds their sublime lack of values, taste and intelligence.^ Review of Around The World In 80 Days (2004) (June 16, 2004) ...it is widely but wrongly believed that Beavis and Butt-Head celebrates its characters, and applauds their sublime lack of values, taste and intelligence.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Wild Wild West (30 June 1999) There have been articles lately asking why the United States is so hated in some parts of the world.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (June 16, 2006) I arrive at the end of this review having done my duty as a critic.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I've never thought so.^ I've never thought so.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I believe Mike Judge would rather die than share a taxi ride to the airport with his characters--that for him, B&B function like Dilbert's co-workers in the Scott Adams universe.^ I believe Mike Judge would rather die than share a taxi ride to the airport with his characters that for him, B&B function like Dilbert's co-workers in the Scott Adams universe.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I believe Mike Judge would rather die than share a taxi ride to the airport with his characters--that for him, B&B function like Dilbert's co-workers in the Scott Adams universe.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Roger Ebert would not like me to judge him completely if I meet him for only 8 minutes.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They are a target for his anger against the rising tide of stupidity.^ They are a target for his anger against the rising tide of stupidity.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

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  • This sort of scenario has happened, I imagine, millions of times.^ Review of Beavis and Butthead Do America (December 20, 1996) This sort of scenario has happened, I imagine, millions of times.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (Beavis & Butthead Do America) Scrabble seems to require the most masochistic traits of both chess and poker.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .It has rarely happened in a nicer, sweeter, more gentle way than in Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise," which I could call a "Love Affair" for Generation X, except that Jesse and Celine stand outside their generation, and especially outside its boring insistence on being bored.^ It has rarely happened in a nicer, sweeter, more gentle way than in Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise," which I could call a "Love Affair" for Generation X, except that Jesse and Celine stand outside their generation, and especially outside its boring insistence on being bored.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Made me feel more than Dark City did, which only bored the hell out of me all 3 times I tried to watch it.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Now that it isn't, that summer seems more precious, and that promise more elusive, than ever before.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]


    .The R rating for this film, based on a few four-letter words, is entirely unjustified.^ The R rating for this film, based on a few four-letter words, is entirely unjustified.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On Before Sunrise (1995): The R rating for this film, based on a few four-letter words, is entirely unjustified.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It is an ideal film for teenagers.^ It is an ideal film for teenagers.
    • Roger Ebert - Biography 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Censors feel they are safe from objectionable material but must protect others who are not as smart or moral.^ Review of Before Sunrise (January 27, 1995) Censors feel they are safe from objectionable material but must protect others who are not as smart or moral.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (The Best of Youth) Censors feel they are safe with objectionable material but must protect others who are not as smart or moral.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ If they would be okay, think of how others who are less fortunate would fare.
    • Roger Ebert adds to health care debate on iPhone, Mac use - AppleInsider 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC forums.appleinsider.com [Source type: General]

    .The same impulse tempts the reviewer of 'The Believer'...^ The same impulse tempts the reviewer of 'The Believer'...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .If the wrong people get the wrong message - well, there has never been any shortage of wrong messages.^ If the wrong people get the wrong message - well, there has never been any shortage of wrong messages.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ (A Shock to the System) There is nothing sensational in this film, nothing exploitative, nothing used for 'entertainment value' unless we believe, as I do, that the close observation of the lives of other people can be well, since entertaining is the wrong word, then helpful...
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    Or wrong people. .
  • In Blue Crush, we meet three Hawaiian surfers who work as hotel maids, live in a grotty rental, and are raising the kid sister of one of them.^ Review of The Believer (June 14, 2002) In Blue Crush , we meet three Hawaiian surfers who work as hotel maids, live in a grotty rental, and are raising the kid sister of one of them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (Separate Lies) In 'Blue Crush', we meet three Hawaiian surfers who work as hotel maids, live in a grotty rental, and are raising the kid sister of one of them.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Contrary to the various posters who seem to believe there is a moral imperative for reviewers to see the entirety of movie, there is no such obligation.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Despite this near-poverty, they look great; there is nothing like a tan and a bikini to overcome class distinctions.^ Despite this near-poverty, they look great; there is nothing like a tan and a bikini to overcome class distinctions.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ There are many great-looking babes in the film, who are made up to a flawless perfection and look just like real women, if you are a junior fanboy whose experience of the gender is limited to lad magazines.
    • TFW2005ers Response to Roger Ebert and Other Hatin Critics - Win $50 Gift Certificate - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.tfw2005.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I've been using the speech utility in OS X for a few months now almost every day and, despite a few mistakes here and there, it's near perfect.
    • Roger Ebert adds to health care debate on iPhone, Mac use - AppleInsider 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC forums.appleinsider.com [Source type: General]

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  • Much has been written about Generation X and the films about it.^ Review of Blue Crush (August 16, 2002) Much has been written about Generation X and the films about it.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of The Believer (June 14, 2002) In Blue Crush , we meet three Hawaiian surfers who work as hotel maids, live in a grotty rental, and are raising the kid sister of one of them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ PM on August 12, 2005 KirkJobSluder writes "buying full page ads complaining about a bad review."
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Clerks is so utterly authentic that its heroes have never heard of their generation.^ Clerks is so utterly authentic that its heroes have never heard of their generation.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .When they think of "X," it's on the way to the video store.^ (The Omen) Vampires are attractive these days, I think, because they offer the only way one can sin and still win eternal life.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ When they think of "X," it's on the way to the video store.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • ...If there's one thing I've learned in this life, it's that you never say no to an old gypsy woman with a blind eye and leprous fingernails.^ One thing I've learned is this: There is no going back.

    ^ No one gets to say "This is the One True Ramayana and any retelling that focuses on a part I don't care for is Wrong."
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I’m not saying that you could never have a film where the 3D truly compliments and enhances the story.
    • Roger Ebert Says It So I Don’t Have To | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.cartoonbrew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I read all the movie reviews, especially those of Ebert, a graceful and witty prose stylist with profound erudition, whose reviews are worth reading just for themselves, whether or not I have any intention of viewing the movie ...^ Review of Drag Me to Hell (June 7, 2009) I read all the movie reviews, especially those of Ebert, a graceful and witty prose stylist with profound erudition, whose reviews are worth reading just for themselves, whether or not I have any intention of viewing the movie ...
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert: I had to read this twice, but it was worth it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Away We Go (10 June 2009) Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Ebert, the smart and handsome one, gave thumbs up to my first movie [Garfield: The Movie], but [Richard] Roeper, the other one, gave thumbs down and was particularly unkind.^ Roeper gave it a thumbs up.
    • "Ebert and Roeper"? More like "Smith and Roeper". - Kevin Smith's MySpace Blog | 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Nitpicking, but Ebert gave the first one a favorable review.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert, the smart and handsome one, gave thumbs up to my first movie [ Garfield: The Movie ], but [Richard] Roeper , the other one, gave thumbs down and was particularly unkind.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .He went on forever attacking Ebert for liking Garfield.^ He went on forever attacking Ebert for liking Garfield .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This from a man with enough taste to praise Duma.^ This from a man with enough taste to praise Duma .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .How very disappointing.^ How very disappointing.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .One of Roeper's complaints was that I was animated and all of the other characters in the movie were "real."^ One of Roeper's complaints was that I was animated and all of the other characters in the movie were "real."
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The two characters wander witlessly past the bizarre backdrops of Las Vegas (some real, some hallucinated, all interchangeable) while zonked out of their minds.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Deep in heart, this is my favourite animation movie of all time, maybe only the movie "laputa" by master Miyazaki could come close.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .Do you have any idea how a statement like that hurts an actor who has worked all of his life as a media cat?^ Do you have any idea how a statement like that hurts an actor who has worked all of his life as a media cat?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of "explaining" them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It seemed like a contest of who was most above it all.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Yes, Richard Roeper, I was animated.^ Yes, Richard Roeper, I was animated.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Read my lips: I am a character in a comic strip.^ Read my lips: I am a character in a comic strip .
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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    • Review of Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, written in the first person as Garfield.^ Review of Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties , written in the first person as Garfield .
      • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Having just written my first review since June ( The Queen ), I think an update is in order.
      • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      .(June 16, 2006)
  • I arrive at the end of this review having done my duty as a critic.^ (June 16, 2006) I arrive at the end of this review having done my duty as a critic.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Before any of the critics’ associations weigh in with their year-end awards, the National Board of Review releases its annual awards announcement and Top 10 list.
    • roger ebert - The Screengrab 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.nerve.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of The Break-Up (2 June 2006) I know that the real Brockovich liked to dress provocatively; that's her personal style and she's welcome to it.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I have described the movie accurately and you have a good idea what you are in for if you go to see it.^ See you at the movies, Roger!
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I have described the movie accurately and you have a good idea what you are in for if you go to see it.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Regardless, there are a lot of movies that were slow going at first, but as a whole very good movies.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Most of you will not. I cannot argue with you. .Some of you will--the brave and the curious.^ Some of you will--the brave and the curious.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You embody the spirit of the man who first wondered what it would taste like to eat an oyster.^ You embody the spirit of the man who first wondered what it would taste like to eat an oyster.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If Ebert just watched the first eight minutes of "The Happening", he probably would of liked it and gave it a good review.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Not every man would like to be James Bond, but every boy would.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

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  • You should never send an expert to a movie about his specialty.^ (Aliens of the Deep) You should never send an expert to a movie about his specialty.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I was going to post about Ebert's best hated-movie reviews.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And after reading your review about torture and things like that in the movie, I'm really excited to see it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .Boxers hate boxing movies.^ Boxers hate boxing movies.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Space buffs said 'Apollo 13' showed the wrong side of the moon.^ Space buffs said 'Apollo 13' showed the wrong side of the moon.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .The British believe Mel Gibson's scholarship was faulty in 'Braveheart' merely because some of the key characters hadn't been born at the time of the story.^ The British believe Mel Gibson's scholarship was faulty in 'Braveheart' merely because some of the key characters hadn't been born at the time of the story.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Victim checks in, doesn't check out, because screen time is too valuable for characters to go into the hospital only to recover a few scenes later.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But in the next scene, Mel Gibson 's character goes into their kitchen and takes a can of Coors Light out of the refrigerator.
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .'Hackers' is, I have no doubt, deeply dubious in the computer science department.^ 'Hackers' is, I have no doubt, deeply dubious in the computer science department.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ While it is no doubt true that in real life no hacker could do what the characters in this movie do, it is no doubt equally true that what hackers can do would not make a very entertaining movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .While it is no doubt true that in real life no hacker could do what the characters in this movie do, it is no doubt equally true that what hackers can do would not make a very entertaining movie.^ While it is no doubt true that in real life no hacker could do what the characters in this movie do, it is no doubt equally true that what hackers can do would not make a very entertaining movie.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ One of Roeper's complaints was that I was animated and all of the other characters in the movie were "real."
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ There is no doubt I would have lived my whole life without ever having heard of this movie, and now I want nothing more than to watch it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

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  • Most people choose movies that provide exactly what they expect, and tell them things they already know.^ Jump to: navigation , search Most people choose movies that provide exactly what they expect, and tell them things they already know.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Hackers (September 15, 1995) Most people choose movies that provide exactly what they expect, and tell them things they already know.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (Primer) It drives me crazy when people say evolution is "only a theory," since that reveals they don't know what a scientific theory is.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Others are more curious.^ Others are more curious.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds.^ We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As Whyte writes in Crimes Against Logic : "You are entitled to an opinion, in [the] epistemic sense, only when you have good reasons for holding it: evidence, sound arguments, and so on.
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That series explored not only trauma the reporter experienced but also issues of race and privilege that were raised by the crime against her.
    • Poynter Online - Forums 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.poynter.org [Source type: News]

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  • I recently published a book about movies I hated, and people have been asking me which reviews are harder to write--those about great movies, or those about terrible ones.^ I was going to post about Ebert's best hated-movie reviews.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of The Isle (January 31, 2003) I recently published a book about movies I hated, and people have been asking me which reviews are harder to write--those about great movies, or those about terrible ones.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I hate it when a movie contains its own review.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    The answer is neither. The most unreviewable movies are those belonging to the spoof genre--movies like Airplane! and The Naked Gun and all the countless spin-offs and retreads of the same basic idea... the bottom line in reviewing a movie like this is, does it work? Is it funny? Yes, it is. .Not funny with the shocking impact of Airplane! which had the advantage of breaking new ground.^ Not funny with the shocking impact of Airplane!
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .But also not a tired wheeze like some of the lesser and later Leslie Nielsen films.^ But also not a tired wheeze like some of the lesser and later Leslie Nielsen films.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .To get your money's worth, you need to be familiar with the various teenage horror franchises, and if you are, Scary Movie delivers the goods.^ To get your money's worth, you need to be familiar with the various teenage horror franchises, and if you are, Scary Movie delivers the goods.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You don't need youtube, there are years (and years) worth of shows on their website.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This is a thriller not about good versus evil, but about various species of evil engaged in a struggle for survival of the fittest or, as the movie makes clear, the luckiest.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

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  • The star rating system is relative, not absolute.^ Review of Scary Movie (July 7, 2000) The star rating system is relative, not absolute.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ebert has described his critical approach to films as "relative, not absolute"; he reviews a film for what he feels will be its prospective audience, yet always with at least some consideration as to its value as a whole.
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Catwoman (23 July 2004) I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .When you ask a friend if Hellboy is any good, you're not asking if it's any good compared to Mystic River, you're asking if it's any good compared to The Punisher. And my answer would be, on a scale of one to four, if Superman (1978) is four, then Hellboy is three and The Punisher is two.^ When you ask a friend if Hellboy is any good, you're not asking if it's any good compared to Mystic River, you're asking if it's any good compared to The Punisher.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ When you ask a friend if "Hellboy" is any good, you're not asking if it's any good compared to "Mystic River," you're asking if it's any good compared to "The Punisher."
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ And my answer would be, on a scale of one to four, if Superman (1978) is four, then Hellboy is three and The Punisher is two.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .In the same way, if American Beauty gets four stars, then Leland clocks in at about two.^ In the same way, if "American Beauty" gets four stars, then "Leland" clocks in at about two...
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ In the same way, if American Beauty gets four stars, then Leland clocks in at about two.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In the same way, if American Beauty gets four stars, then The United States of Leland clocks in at about two.
    • Boston University School of Theology Archives 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: General]

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  • Khan is played as a cauldron of resentment by Ricardo Montalban, and his performance is so strong that he helps illustrate a general principle involving not only Star Trek but Star Wars and all the epic serials, especially the James Bond movies: Each film is only as good as its villain.^ Indispensable scene in all JAMES BOND movies and many other action pictures, especially war films.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But then all good movies are.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Shaolin Soccer (April 23, 2004) Khan is played as a cauldron of resentment by Ricardo Montalban, and his performance is so strong that he helps illustrate a general principle involving not only Star Trek but Star Wars and all the epic serials, especially the James Bond movies: Each film is only as good as its villain.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Since the heroes and the gimmicks tend to repeat from film to film, only a great villain can transform a good try into a triumph.^ Since the heroes and the gimmicks tend to repeat from film to film, only a great villain can transform a good try into a triumph.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ When the cold heart of a villain softens and he turns into a good guy, the plot will quickly require him to be killed, usually after maudlin final words.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ October 21st, 2008 2:26 pm ET Ebert showed good journalistic ethics by coming clean that he only saw part of the film.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Wild Things is lurid trash, with a plot so twisted they're still explaining it during the closing titles.^ "I know they're still alive."
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (January 1, 1982) Wild Things is lurid trash, with a plot so twisted they're still explaining it during the closing titles.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Reviews - Observations - Profound - History - Scifi - Glossary - Answer Man - Asides on Society # GOOD 'BAD' MOVIES 'Wild Things' is lurid trash, with a plot so twisted they're still explaining it during the closing titles.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .It's like a three-way collision between a softcore sex film, a soap opera and a B-grade noir.^ It's like a three-way collision between a softcore sex film, a soap opera and a B-grade noir.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ (The Brotherhood of the Wolf) It's like a film that escaped from the imagination directly onto the screen, without having to pass through reality along the way.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ But then again, I like ambiguity in film, so it could be read either way.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    I liked it. .Movies such as this either entertain or offend audiences; there's no neutral ground.^ Movies such as this either entertain or offend audiences; there's no neutral ground.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ "There will be no movies today!"
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ There is no doubt I would have lived my whole life without ever having heard of this movie, and now I want nothing more than to watch it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .Either you're a connoisseur of melodramatic comic vulgarity, or you're not.^ Either you're a connoisseur of melodramatic comic vulgarity, or you're not.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .You know who you are.^ You know who you are.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Or, you know, that parents could use if they didn't want their daughter to be in the poor 60% of teenaged girls who haven't masturbated the family dog.

    ^ The other day, for example, I took a picture of the leopard ladies, you know who they are?
    • INT: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I don't want to get any postcards telling me this movie is in bad taste.^ I don't want to get any postcards telling me this movie is in bad taste.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Being a movie critic is very difficult because critics are aware that they're not supposed to be, and don't want to be, a "consumer reports" resource for the audience.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He sees the bad movies so you don’t have to, and he’s seen the same ones over and over.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I'm warning you: It is in bad taste.^ You have decidedly bad taste.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I'm warning you: It is in bad taste.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Bad taste elevated to the level of demented sleaze.^ Bad taste elevated to the level of demented sleaze.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

Three-and-a-half star reviews

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  • Burt and Verona are two characters rarely seen in the movies: thirtysomething, educated, healthy, self-employed, gentle, thoughtful, whimsical, not neurotic and really truly in love.^ Burt and Verona are two characters rarely seen in the movies: thirtysomething, educated, healthy, self-employed, gentle, thoughtful, whimsical, not neurotic and really truly in love.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The two characters wander witlessly past the bizarre backdrops of Las Vegas (some real, some hallucinated, all interchangeable) while zonked out of their minds.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ One of Roeper's complaints was that I was animated and all of the other characters in the movie were "real."
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Their great concern is finding the best place and way to raise their child, who is a bun still in the oven.^ Their great concern is finding the best place and way to raise their child, who is a bun still in the oven.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But once the plan is in place for self-distribution to raise funds, there are ways to get the film to theaters, even if you do it yourself.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ James Woods in COP. Also used in scenes involving the hero, usually as a set-up for a scene in which tucked-in child suddenly finds himself/herself in great danger.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .For every character like this I’ve seen in the last 12 months, I’ve seen 20, maybe 30, mass murderers.^ For every character like this I’ve seen in the last 12 months, I’ve seen 20, maybe 30, mass murderers.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I've been using the speech utility in OS X for a few months now almost every day and, despite a few mistakes here and there, it's near perfect.
    • Roger Ebert adds to health care debate on iPhone, Mac use - AppleInsider 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC forums.appleinsider.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Although this may not be quite like any film I've seen before.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

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  • Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash.^ (Equilibrium) # FILM REVIEWS "Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Away We Go (10 June 2009) Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Evening (29 June 2007) Going to see Godzilla at the Palais of the Cannes Film Festival is like attending a satanic ritual in St. Peter's Basilica.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .My stock response is Ebert's Law, which reads: A movie is not about what it is about.^ Read Ebert’s response here .
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ My stock response is Ebert's Law, which reads: A movie is not about what it is about.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I was going to post about Ebert's best hated-movie reviews.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    It is about how it is about it. .
  • Rarely has a movie this expensive provided so many quotable lines.^ Review of Freeway (24 January 1997) Rarely has a movie this expensive provided so many quotable lines.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Fargo (8 March 1996) It's so rare to find a movie that doesn't take sides.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ While I don't really go by what critics say about a movie, Ebert is a respected reviewer and many people do go by his reviews.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Anna’s reaction is more complex than you might imagine, and it’s at such a moment you appreciate the woman in the writer-director’s chair.^ Review of Ghostbusters (1 January 1984) Anna’s reaction is more complex than you might imagine, and it’s at such a moment you appreciate the woman in the writer-director’s chair.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (The Triplets of Belleville) A film director, like an orchestra conductor, is the lord of his domain, and no director has more power than a director of animated films.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Women, I suspect, are more likely than men to view sex from the over-all perspective of what we may call their lives.^ Women, I suspect, are more likely than men to view sex from the over-all perspective of what we may call their lives.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In a country like Saudi Arabia, whose citizens express discomfort about men and women even attending movies together, I have little doubt which gender is more concerned.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (The Triplets of Belleville) A film director, like an orchestra conductor, is the lord of his domain, and no director has more power than a director of animated films.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .In a country like Saudi Arabia, whose citizens express discomfort about men and women even attending movies together, I have little doubt which gender is more concerned.^ In a country like Saudi Arabia, whose citizens express discomfort about men and women even attending movies together, I have little doubt which gender is more concerned.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Although recently he does seem a little more forgiving than in the past, this week he gave *two* movies the ol' Zero Star treatment.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ There is no doubt I would have lived my whole life without ever having heard of this movie, and now I want nothing more than to watch it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

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  • After seeing "Orphan," I now realize that Damien of "The Omen" was a model child.^ Review of Humpday (22 July 2009) After seeing "Orphan," I now realize that Damien of "The Omen" was a model child.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of North (22 July 1994) The vast majority of the members of all religions, I believe and would argue, don't want to kill anybody.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And after reading your review about torture and things like that in the movie, I'm really excited to see it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .The Demon Seed was a bumper crop.^ The Demon Seed was a bumper crop.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Rosemary would have been happy to have this baby.
    .Do not, under any circumstances, take children to see it.^ Do not, under any circumstances, take children to see it.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I detested every moronic minute of it...if you, under any circumstances, see Little Indian, Big City, I will never let you read one of my reviews again.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Take my word on this.^ Take my word on this.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • The movie delights me with its cocky confidence that the audience can keep up.^ (Benji: Off The Leash) The movie delights me with its cocky confidence that the audience can keep up.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Orphan (22 July 2009) The movie delights me with its cocky confidence that the audience can keep up.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of North (22 July 1994) The vast majority of the members of all religions, I believe and would argue, don't want to kill anybody.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Primer is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.^ Primer is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He is doing a disservice to the people who made the film.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ 'Primer' is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .It will surely be hated by those who 'go to the movies to be entertained', and embraced and debated by others, who will find it entertains the parts the others do not reach.^ People go to movies to be entertained.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It will surely be hated by those who 'go to the movies to be entertained', and embraced and debated by others, who will find it entertains the parts the others do not reach.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Three-way combo of buddy movie, road movie, and brothers who learn to love each other.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Life's missed opportunities, at the end, may seem more poignant to us than those we embraced--because in our imagination they have a perfection that reality can never rival.^ That's because the characters are not themselves - they are us.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Primer (29 October 2004) Life's missed opportunities, at the end, may seem more poignant to us than those we embraced--because in our imagination they have a perfection that reality can never rival.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Ghostbusters (1 January 1984) Anna’s reaction is more complex than you might imagine, and it’s at such a moment you appreciate the woman in the writer-director’s chair.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • This movie was made by professionals.^ Leave movie reviewing to the professionals.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Ebert's a professional and has been reviewing movies for a very long time.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of The Sleepy Time Gal (22 November 2002) This movie was made by professionals.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Do not attempt any of this behavior yourself.^ Do not attempt any of this behavior yourself.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • To call it weird would be a cowardly evasion.^ (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) To call it weird would be a cowardly evasion.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of Superbad (17 August 2007) To call it weird would be a cowardly evasion.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Come to think of it, if Rama had been ski bumming with a cloud of consorts, what time would be be permitted to slack on capturing the deer or calling for a review?
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .It is creepy, eccentric, eerie, flaky, freaky, funky, grotesque, inscrutable, kinky, kooky, magical, oddball, spooky, uncanny, uncouth and unearthly.^ It is creepy, eccentric, eerie, flaky, freaky, funky, grotesque, inscrutable, kinky, kooky, magical, oddball, spooky, uncanny, uncouth and unearthly.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Especially uncouth. .What I did was, I typed the word 'weird' and when that wholly failed to evoke the feelings the film stirred in me, I turned to the thesaurus and it suggested the above substitutes - and none of them do the trick, either.^ What I did was, I typed the word 'weird' and when that wholly failed to evoke the feelings the film stirred in me, I turned to the thesaurus and it suggested the above substitutes - and none of them do the trick, either.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ (Beautiful Girls) I did not feel a strong chemistry between Colin Farrell and Selma Hayek, but I have started to write the word "chemistry" with growing doubts.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .
  • It is an interesting law of romance that a truly strong woman will chose a strong man who disagrees with her over a weak one who goes along.^ (Word Wars) # PROFOUND OBSERVATIONS It is an interesting law of romance that a truly strong woman will chose a strong man who disagrees with her over a weak one who goes along.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Review of The Triplets of Belleville (26 December 2003) It is an interesting law of romance that a truly strong woman will chose a strong man who disagrees with her over a weak one who goes along.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It provides not one of those sentimental Hollywood deaths, poetic and composed, but a portrait of a woman who faces her decline with fierce pride...
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Strength demands intelligence, intelligence demands stimulation, and weakness is boring.^ Strength demands intelligence, intelligence demands stimulation, and weakness is boring.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .It is better to find a partner you can contend with for a lifetime than one who accommodates you because he doesn't really care.^ It is better to find a partner you can contend with for a lifetime than one who accommodates you because he doesn't really care.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ And then when you add the extra bells and whistles on DVDs, today the average movie-goer who is interested in a film, really likes a particular film, finds out more about it, than 30 years ago, probably more than any director knew.
    • INT: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ A romantic comedy about a guy learning to love, a little girl learning to trust, and a video clerk who knows shes better than any rental!
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... .Sixty seconds of wondering if someone is about to kiss you is more entertaining than 60 minutes of kissing.^ Sixty seconds of wondering if someone is about to kiss you is more entertaining than 60 minutes of kissing...
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Right, and with the Internet being a lot more interactive, do you get more actors/directors emailing you and maybe, complaining about a review of yours?
    • INT: Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... .Spill the beans, and the conversation is history.^ Spill the beans, and the conversation is history.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Speak in code, with wit and challenge, and the process of decryption is like foreplay.^ Speak in code, with wit and challenge, and the process of decryption is like foreplay.
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  • Is xXx a threat to the Bond franchise?^ Review of The Winslow Boy (28 May 1999)] Is xXx a threat to the Bond franchise?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ October 21st, 2008 1:28 pm ET Ebert's review of "Tru Loved" may be a nearly perfect review.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Not a threat so much as a salute.^ Not a threat so much as a salute.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I don't want James Bond to turn crude and muscular on me; I like the suave style.^ I don't want James Bond to turn crude and muscular on me; I like the suave style.
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    ^ Not every man would like to be James Bond, but every boy would.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I don't even particularly like soda and it usually upsets my stomach a little but, goddamnit, I have to drink one if I want my head to feel better.

    .But I like Xander, too, especially since he seems to have studied Bond so very carefully.^ But I like Xander, too, especially since he seems to have studied Bond so very carefully.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Four star ratings

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  • Why did they give an R rating to a movie perfect for teenagers?^ Why did they go to Texas and make this silly movie?
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Why did they give an R rating to a movie perfect for teenagers?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Why waste your time being irritated with a Rob Scneider film, and then give The Honeymooners Movie three stars?
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Watching Avatar, I felt sort of the same as when I saw Star Wars in 1977. That was another movie I walked into with uncertain expectations.^ Review of Almost Famous (15 September 2000) I said this is the Batman movie I've been waiting for; more correctly, this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn't realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed.
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    ^ I saw Sita Sings the Blues almost on a whim at a special screening at Disney's Redcat theater in Los Angeles in September and fell completely in love with it.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ How many people who've complained about this review can say that they have the same sort of job performance record?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .James Cameron's film has been the subject of relentlessly dubious advance buzz, just as his Titanic was.^ Titanic (James Cameron) 10.
    • Roger Ebert's Top Ten Lists 1967-2006 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC alumnus.caltech.edu [Source type: General]

    Once again, he has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. .There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely.^ (Word Wars) # PROFOUND OBSERVATIONS It is an interesting law of romance that a truly strong woman will chose a strong man who disagrees with her over a weak one who goes along.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Question: Out of all the trees in the forest, how did Rambo know which one the guy would pause under?
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It provides not one of those sentimental Hollywood deaths, poetic and composed, but a portrait of a woman who faces her decline with fierce pride...
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  • Especially in its opening scenes, Ballast is "slower" and "quieter" than we usually expect.^ Review of Psycho (6 December 1998) Here's a movie that stretches out every moment for more than it's worth, until even the moments of inspiration seem forced.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ December 2009 (9) November 2009 (4) October 2009 (7) September 2009 (15) August 2009 (9) July 2009 (7) June 2009 (6) May 2009 (13) April 2009 (7) March 2009 (7) February 2009 (10) January 2009 (6) December 2008 (6) November 2008 (8) October 2008 (6) September 2008 (6) August 2008 (6) July 2008 (4) June 2008 (5) May 2008 (11) April 2008 (4) .
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    You know what? So is life, most of the time. We don't wake up and immediately start engaging with plot points. But Ballast inexorably grows and deepens and gathers power and absorbs us. .I always say I hardly ever cry at sad films, but I sometimes do, just a little, at films about good people.^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ My girlfriend and I are both very open minded people and are always open to critique and satire involving religion but this seems to be saying nothing intelligent.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It seems to be all about ROI and boardroom decisions (armchair quarterbacking) and ego - at least this is what several people I know in the film industry tell me.
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • I said this is the Batman movie I've been waiting for; more correctly, this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn't realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed.^ Review of Almost Famous (15 September 2000) I said this is the Batman movie I've been waiting for; more correctly, this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn't realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The British believe Mel Gibson's scholarship was faulty in 'Braveheart' merely because some of the key characters hadn't been born at the time of the story.
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    ^ October 21st, 2008 12:43 pm ET I like reviews by Ebert and I think imo he has the right to choose whatever methods to review a film.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The movie works dramatically in addition to being an entertainment.^ The movie works dramatically in addition to being an entertainment.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It’s such a hugely entertaining movie with no shortage of the kind of creativity that he would exhibit in his later work.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Anything that holds our interest can be entertaining, in a way, but the movie seems to have an unwholesome determination to show us the victims being terrified and threatened.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    There's something to it. .
  • Dances With Wolves has the kind of vision and ambition that is rare in movies today.^ Review of Batman Begins (13 June 2005) Dances With Wolves has the kind of vision and ambition that is rare in movies today.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Fargo (8 March 1996) It's so rare to find a movie that doesn't take sides.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ PM on August 12, 2005 To paraphrase Frank Zappa- "Writing about movies is like dancing about architecture."
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It is not a formula movie, but a thoughtful, carefully observed story.^ It is not a formula movie, but a thoughtful, carefully observed story.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The only originality the movie brings to this formula is to make it incomprehensible, through the lurching incompetence of its story structure.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It is a Western at a time when the Western is said to be dead.^ It is a Western at a time when the Western is said to be dead.
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    .It asks for our imagination and sympathy.^ It asks for our imagination and sympathy.
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    .It takes its time, three hours, to unfold.^ It takes its time, three hours, to unfold.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You can view a movie in two hours – but most books will take multiples of that time commitment.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It is a personal triumph for Kevin Costner, the intelligent young actor of Field of Dreams, who directed the film and shows a command of story and of visual structure that is startling; this movie moves so confidently and looks so good it seems incredible that it's a directorial debut.^ (D.O.A.) "By directing one good film, you prove that you had a movie inside of you.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ It is a personal triumph for Kevin Costner , the intelligent young actor of Field of Dreams , who directed the film and shows a command of story and of visual structure that is startling; this movie moves so confidently and looks so good it seems incredible that it's a directorial debut.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It is a film with one clear purpose: To establish the commercial credentials of its director by showing his skill at depicting the brutal tracking, torture and mutilation of screaming young women.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Let me tell you a story.^ Review of Dances With Wolves (9 November 1990) Let me tell you a story.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ ASIDES ON SOCIETY Let me tell you a story.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ But let me tell you: Nina Paley is not the first to see or even to call attention to the contradictions within the story.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program.^ The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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    .The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it.^ The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it.
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    ."Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?"^ If someone asks me my opinion of a movie, I have the right to say, "You know what?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And now I haven't 'directed' anything, but you've made a movie 5 times as long that says nothing."
    • Roger Ebert serves Rob Schnieder | MetaFilter 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ When asked what I thought, I told her that it didn't seem like much of a movie and we didn't need to see the whole thing.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .No, I said, I wouldn't say that.^ No, I said, I wouldn't say that.
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    ."But what about Basketball Diaries?"^ "But what about 'Basketball Diaries'?"
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ "But what about Basketball Diaries ?"
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    she asked. ."Doesn't that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?"^ "Doesn't that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?"
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    ^ When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event.
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    ^ Victim checks in, doesn't check out, because screen time is too valuable for characters to go into the hospital only to recover a few scenes later.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.^ The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
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    ^ The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office, and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of "explaining" them.
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    .The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory.^ The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory.
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    ."Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event.^ "Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Events like this ," I said, " if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own.
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    ^ When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event.
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    .Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it.^ Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it.
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    .The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia.^ The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia.
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    ^ The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; These two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia.
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    .The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me.^ The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous.
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    ^ The TV will talk about nothing else but me.
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    ^ I sometimes have the peculiar feeling that the kids in Hughes's movies are more grown up than the adults in most of the other ones.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking.^ Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking.
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    .The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn't have messed with me.^ The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn't have messed with me.
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    .I'll go out in a blaze of glory."^ I'll go out in a blaze of glory."
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    .In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of "explaining" them.^ "Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office, and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Three-way combo of buddy movie, road movie, and brothers who learn to love each other.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera.^ The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera.
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    ^ I commended the policy at the Sun-Times , where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1.
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    ^ If we are only going to be judged on the first 8 minutes of each workday or the first 8 minutes of writing a school paper then I think most of us would agree that it was not a fair assessment of our work.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Of course the interview was never used.^ Of course the interview was never used.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.^ What was the movie trailer they were talking about?
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (Barbershop) Just like the first movie, this is like a talk show where everybody is the host.
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    .
  • Films like Fargo are why I love the movies.^ Review of Elephant (7 November 2003) Films like Fargo are why I love the movies.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (Equilibrium) # FILM REVIEWS "Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ October 21st, 2008 12:43 pm ET I like reviews by Ebert and I think imo he has the right to choose whatever methods to review a film.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • It's so rare to find a movie that doesn't take sides.^ Review of Fargo (8 March 1996) It's so rare to find a movie that doesn't take sides.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The review was short enough that it didn't take long to get to the end and find he stopped watching after 8 minutes.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Freeway (24 January 1997) Rarely has a movie this expensive provided so many quotable lines.
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    .Conflict is said to be the basis of popular fiction, and yet here is a film that seizes us with its first scene and never lets go, and we feel sympathy all the way through for everyone in it.^ Conflict is said to be the basis of popular fiction, and yet here is a film that seizes us with its first scene and never lets go, and we feel sympathy all the way through for everyone in it.
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    ^ (House of Sand and Fog) By the end, 'The Mother' has told us all we need to know about the characters, except how to feel about them.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Ebert IS an inspiration to us all, & this could never of been a "long interview."
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .To be sure, they sometimes do bad things, but the movie understands them and their flaws.^ To be sure, they sometimes do bad things, but the movie understands them and their flaws.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Jump to: navigation , search Most people choose movies that provide exactly what they expect, and tell them things they already know.
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    ^ Review of Hackers (September 15, 1995) Most people choose movies that provide exactly what they expect, and tell them things they already know.
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    .Like great fiction, House of Sand and Fog sees into the hearts of its characters, and loves and pities them.^ Like great fiction, House of Sand and Fog sees into the hearts of its characters, and loves and pities them.
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    ^ (House of Sand and Fog) By the end, 'The Mother' has told us all we need to know about the characters, except how to feel about them.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Whenever characters are near a body of water, the chances are great that one of them will jump, fall or be pushed into it.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... ."House of Sand and Fog" relates not a plot with its contrived ups and downs but a story.^ "House of Sand and Fog" relates not a plot with its contrived ups and downs but a story.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (House of Sand and Fog) By the end, 'The Mother' has told us all we need to know about the characters, except how to feel about them.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Like great fiction, House of Sand and Fog sees into the hearts of its characters, and loves and pities them.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .A plot is about things that happen.^ A plot is about things that happen.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (Young Soul Rebels) A plot is about things that happen.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .A story is about people who behave.^ A story is about people who behave.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ How many people who've complained about this review can say that they have the same sort of job performance record?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (Pretty In Pink) Hardly ever do we get an American movie about adults who are attempting to know themselves better, live better lives, get along more happily with the people around them.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]


    .To admire a story you must be willing to listen to the people and observe them, and at the end of House of Sand and Fog, we have seen good people with good intentions who have their lives destroyed because they had the bad luck to come across a weak person with shabby desires.^ To admire a story you must be willing to listen to the people and observe them.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I like it when people are just bad because they're bad.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ A story is about people who behave.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

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  • Sean Penn never tries to show Harvey Milk as a hero, and never needs to.^ Review of House of Sand and Fog (26 December 2003) Sean Penn never tries to show Harvey Milk as a hero, and never needs to.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of The Triplets of Belleville (26 December 2003) It is an interesting law of romance that a truly strong woman will chose a strong man who disagrees with her over a weak one who goes along.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (House of Sand and Fog) By the end, 'The Mother' has told us all we need to know about the characters, except how to feel about them.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .He shows him as an ordinary man, kind, funny, flawed, shrewd, idealistic, yearning for a better world.^ He shows him as an ordinary man, kind, funny, flawed, shrewd, idealistic, yearning for a better world.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He shows what such an ordinary man can achieve.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .He shows what such an ordinary man can achieve.^ He shows what such an ordinary man can achieve.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He shows him as an ordinary man, kind, funny, flawed, shrewd, idealistic, yearning for a better world.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Milk was the right person in the right place at the right time, and he rose to the occasion.^ Milk was the right person in the right place at the right time, and he rose to the occasion.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    So was Rosa Parks. .Sometimes, at a precise moment in history, all it takes is for one person to stand up.^ I sometimes have the peculiar feeling that the kids in Hughes's movies are more grown up than the adults in most of the other ones.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ At any rate, it's a description of an historical moment from one person's point of view in the form of an ominous, unsettling poem, not an interpretation of Scripture.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    Or sit down.
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  • American movies are in the midst of a transition period.^ Review of Milk (24 November 2008) American movies are in the midst of a transition period.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Some directors place their trust in technology.^ Some directors place their trust in technology.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Spielberg, who is a master of technology, trusts only story and character, and then uses everything else as a workman uses his tools.^ Spielberg , who is a master of technology, trusts only story and character, and then uses everything else as a workman uses his tools.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They prove that animation does not have to be limited as a medium for telling fantasy stories; it can be used to tell Real World stories with realistic characters as well.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Sophisticated viewers can use this Law to deduce the identity of a person being kept secret by the movie's plot: This "mystery" person is always the only character in the movie who seems otherwise extraneous.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .He makes Minority Report with the new technology; other directors seem to be trying to make their movies from it.^ He makes Minority Report with the new technology; other directors seem to be trying to make their movies from it.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In any movie where the heroine catches her boyfriend dancing in public with another woman, and makes a big scene, the other woman invariably turns out to be the boyfriend's sister.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ She paid for many other things she needed to make this film, but now the music upon which the whole film seems to depend is not worthy of compensation?
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, daring so much, achieving it with such grace and skill.^ This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, daring so much, achieving it with such grace and skill.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Thank you so much, Roger, for giving her marvelous film such great attention!
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    .Minority Report reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place.^ Minority Report reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Regardless, there are a lot of movies that were slow going at first, but as a whole very good movies.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If we are only going to be judged on the first 8 minutes of each workday or the first 8 minutes of writing a school paper then I think most of us would agree that it was not a fair assessment of our work.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • What Charlize Theron achieves in Patty Jenkins' Monster isn't a performance but an embodiment.^ Review of Minority Report (21 June 2002) What Charlize Theron achieves in Patty Jenkins' "Monster" isn't a performance but an embodiment.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .With courage, art and charity, she empathizes with Aileen Wuornos, a damaged woman who committed seven murders.^ With courage, art and charity, she empathizes with Aileen Wuornos , a damaged woman who committed seven murders.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .She does not excuse the murders.^ She does not excuse the murders.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .She simply asks that we witness the woman's final desperate attempt to be a better person than her fate intended.^ She simply asks that we witness the woman's final desperate attempt to be a better person than her fate intended.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Tommy makes some headway one afternoon with a woman he meets in the bar; like a lot of drinkers, she can dance better than she can stand.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ (Sense and Sensibility) The most tragic person in the film is the young Madame de Tourvel, who knows that Valmont will seduce and abandon her, but then allows herself to be seduced anyway, because he is simply so much better at seduction than she is at resistance.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .
  • The ability of so many people to live comfortably with the idea of capital punishment is perhaps a clue to how so many Europeans were able to live with the idea of the Holocaust: Once you accept the notion that the state has the right to kill someone and the right to define what is a capital crime, aren't you halfway there?^ Review of Monster (1 January 2004) The ability of so many people to live comfortably with the idea of capital punishment is perhaps a clue to how so many Europeans were able to live with the idea of the Holocaust: Once you accept the notion that the state has the right to kill someone and the right to define what is a capital crime, aren't you halfway there?
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Review of Revolver (7 December 2007) Saving Silverman is so bad in so many different ways that perhaps you should see it, as an example of the lowest slopes of the bell-shaped curve.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Still, when you're killing someone every other week and there's an average of 400 more waiting their turn, you have to move right along.
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    • Review of Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (4 February 2000)
  • To see strong acting like this is exhilarating. .In a time of flashy directors who slice and dice their films in a dizzy editing rhythm, it is important to remember that films can look and listen and attentively sympathize with their characters.^ In a time of flashy directors who slice and dice their films in a dizzy editing rhythm, it is important to remember that films can look and listen and attentively sympathize with their characters.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Looks like a normal automobile, but backfires after being purchased from used car lot by movie heroine who is starting out again in life and is on her own this time.
    • Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie terms 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC academic.sun.ac.za [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Roger Ebert has stated over and over again that: "A Maxivision 48 film looks 4 times better than the usual image shown at the typical theater".
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Directors grow great by subtracting, not adding, and Eastwood does nothing for show, everything for effect.^ Directors grow great by subtracting, not adding, and Eastwood does nothing for show, everything for effect.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Once is the kind of film I've been pestered about ever since I started reviewing again.^ Review of Mystic River (8 October 2003) Once is the kind of film I've been pestered about ever since I started reviewing again.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Primer is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ 'Primer' is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .People couldn't quite describe it, but they said I had to see it.^ People couldn't quite describe it, but they said I had to see it.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They see what people do and they are saddened, but they cannot intervene.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    I had to. Well, I did. They were right.

Quotes about Ebert

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  • Roger Ebert is a national treasure.^ Roger Ebert is a national treasure.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .He is the most recognizable and well known movie critic.^ He is the most recognizable and well known movie critic.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He, like most "movie critics", are pretentous cinema snobs.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The most effective deaths in movies are stylized ones by well-rounded fictional characters.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .He has been my favorite writer for some time now.^ He has been my favorite writer for some time now.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ One of my favorite Ebert insights that I still use is his standard of judging a movie by what it sets out to do rather then some phantom standard.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But he is and always will be my favorite movie reviewer of all time.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I do not always agree with his opinions, which is my right, but he always backs them up.^ I do not always agree with his opinions, which is my right, but he always backs them up.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If someone asks me my opinion of a movie, I have the right to say, "You know what?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Roger Ebert has always been a film critic of marked mediocrity, in my opinion.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .He is not someone who will say that such and such about movie X is bad and leave it at that — he will give the reasons for his thought process.^ He is not someone who will say that such and such about movie X is bad and leave it at that — he will give the reasons for his thought process.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If someone asks me my opinion of a movie, I have the right to say, "You know what?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Through his boorish, knee-jerk leftism, Ebert has become merely another Hollywood elitist thumbing his nose at America.^ A writer as accomplished as Roger Ebert should be given some license to go off script from time to time.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Likewise, as anybody who reads the reviews on this site knows, there's a lot more to Roger Ebert than his thumb.
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ October 21, 2008 Was Roger Ebert wrong?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Two thumbs down.^ Two thumbs down.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Here’s something you don’t hear said about many movie critics: people love Roger Ebert.^ While I don't really go by what critics say about a movie, Ebert is a respected reviewer and many people do go by his reviews.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Don't most of us give something about 10 seconds?
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Michael Shamberg , as quoted in "Roger Ebert Makes First Public Appearance in 10 Months" in Editor & Publisher (26 April 2007) Here’s something you don’t hear said about many movie critics: people love Roger Ebert.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... .There’s a good reason for this: Ebert doesn’t stand between moviegoers and the audience.^ (Jack's Back) Learning the difference between good movies and skillful ones is an early step in becoming a moviegoer.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    .Rather, his regular readers are serious movie-lovers who see him as their rep, the guy out there fighting to make movies less stupid, more entertaining, more intelligent, more everything.^ While it is no doubt true that in real life no hacker could do what the characters in this movie do, it is no doubt equally true that what hackers can do would not make a very entertaining movie.
    • The Wit and Insights of Roger Ebert 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC homepage.eircom.net [Source type: General]

    ^ An intelligent reader would make the (correct) judgment that such a review says infinitely more about the critic than the film itself.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I agree that all he had to say was that he couldn't make it through more than 8 minutes and was therefore refraining from reviewing the movie.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You don’t have to agree with him — and I certainly didn’t in this book, when he ragged on Team America and Jesus is Magic, two movies where I laughed myself sick — to know that he’s on your side.^ You don’t have to agree with him — and I certainly didn’t in this book, when he ragged on Team America and Jesus is Magic , two movies where I laughed myself sick — to know that he’s on your side.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Atleast watch the film before passing judgement on something you don't even know about.
    • Perez Hilton: Roger Ebert Reviews This Is It 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC perezhilton.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If you don't know already, do a little research and put 2 and 2 together, it's quite astounding.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .He sees the bad movies so you don’t have to, and he’s seen the same ones over and over.^ He sees the bad movies so you don’t have to, and he’s seen the same ones over and over.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It's not always easy to be a movie fan when you have to fight to see the best of what the art form has to offer.
    • Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear - Roger Ebert's Journal 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Friday Night Lights - People who like sports movies will love Friday Night Lights, But so will people who don't like sports movies and would never think of seeing a high school football game.
    • Hollywood Bitchslap :: View topic - Criticwatch 2004 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.hollywoodbitchslap.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... .Mere bile, though, isn’t his game; he’s as interested in why movies fail as why they work.^ Mere bile, though, isn’t his game; he’s as interested in why movies fail as why they work.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They would sometimes let me watch the movie while waiting for her to get off work.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If health care insurance is such a problem why don't they work to start a corportation to provide low cost health care to people?
    • Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .A lot of the time, it’s obvious: because it’s made by morons for morons.^ A lot of the time, it’s obvious: because it’s made by morons for morons.
    • Roger Ebert - Wikiquote 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .In these cases, Ebert drags us through the plot in as entertaining a fashion as possible.^ The majority of films these days are put out there to entertain in some form or fashion.
    • Was Roger Ebert wrong? – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs 6 January 2010 12:27 UTC marquee.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... Forty years on, he’s still a moviegoer’s best friend.

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Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942 in Urbana, Illinois) is a famous movie critic in the United States. Ebert's reviews appear in newspapers and he is the co-host of the television show Ebert and Roeper (originally Siskel and Ebert), where he and another critic, originally Gene Siskel and after Siskel's death in 1999, Richard Roeper, appear in and talk about new movies.


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