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Admiral Buzzkill April 4 2013 08:57 PM

Roger Ebert is dead...
The all-around best, bar none.

Critic Roger Ebert Dies at 70

In fact I can't think of a living movie critic, now, whose opinion I'd take seriously about whether a film is worth seeing or not.

Ebert was not only an enthusiast who'd seen a lot of movies - a dime a dozen on the Internet these days, thankyouverymuchHarryKnowles - but understood film as an art and knew its history. He actually wrote a rather, um, unique Hollywood film. He had no deep biases for or against particular genres and didn't, in his reviews, privilege either popular or artistic cinema. Above all else he was an excellent writer with a sharp, dry sense of humor.

J. Allen April 4 2013 08:58 PM

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Dammit! :(

doubleohfive April 4 2013 08:59 PM

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Thumbs down to this news.

Rest in peace, good sir.

Gary Mitchell April 4 2013 09:03 PM

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Rest in peace Mr. Ebert.

Takeru April 4 2013 09:10 PM

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Wow, I did not expect this. Rest in Peace. :(

OdoWanKenobi April 4 2013 09:18 PM

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I didn't always agree with his opinions, but I certainly respected him. He and Siskel practically invented the concept of film criticism as entertainment. Also, for him to go through the things that he had gone through and continue working shows enourmous strength of spirit. Rest in peace, Roger.

Sky April 4 2013 09:20 PM

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Such sad news.

DonIago April 4 2013 09:21 PM

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RIP Mr. Ebert

Whether or not I agreed with his reviews, it was always obvious that the man knew what he was talking about when it came to film. Listening to his commentaries on a couple of the movies I own was a treat.

Gep Malakai April 4 2013 09:26 PM

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Just saw this on Reddit. Shit. Shit shit fuck. We all knew it had to happen eventually, but it's still a shock. After everything he'd been through with his cancer, where he kept on going, I kinda expected him to be immortal, you know?


tighr April 4 2013 09:27 PM

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The reason that I valued his reviews over those of any other critic is that he knew his audience. If he was reviewing a kids movie, he critiqued it from the perspective of a kid; if he was reviewing a horror slasher, he critiqued it from the perspective of a fan of that genre. In this way, his reviews were always fair to the target audience of an individual film.

For this reason, I never disagreed with his opinions. To write his reviews, he walked a mile in the viewer's shoes, and crafted a criticism that was accessible to the modern film-going public. He was fair, and could be equally praiseworthy or harsh, but nearly every time the film deserved it. He will be missed.

ITL April 4 2013 09:32 PM

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Ebert's reviews were the only ones I bothered with. I may not have always agreed with his opinion, but he damn well knew his stuff.

C.E. Evans April 4 2013 09:33 PM

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I grew up watching "Siskel & Ebert At The Movies" on my local PBS station, so this is definitely sad news for me. Ebert truly loved films of all kinds, from quiet independent movies to over-the-top blockbusters.

He'll be missed, all right.

ManOnTheWave April 4 2013 09:33 PM

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Yes, he was something special. He could be a fan boy, or dispassionate, and he could view subjects in historical as well as current context. There was a lot to learn from this one about movies, about writing, and about passion for one's chosen subject and field.

Thumbs up, Roger. You are missed.

Admiral Buzzkill April 4 2013 09:34 PM

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He was a pretty active sf fan in his youth, which I always thought added a certain flavor to his reviews of skiffy movies. ;)

Aragorn April 4 2013 09:36 PM

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With Ebert's reviews (not so much recently), you could tell if you'd like the movie or not even if he liked it or didn't like it.

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