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The most famous movie critic this nation has ever known died today at age 70. Roger Ebert finally succumbed to the cancer he battled for the last decade. His advocacy for quality cinema was his brand; in a career that spanned over 46 years in print and 31 years on television, Roger Ebert became a trusted household name. He never shied away from expressing his views; his dedication to cinema was so absolute, even when stricken with grave illness he persisted in his writing. He will be missed by his many fans.



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Ebert, 70, who reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, and who was without question the nation’s most prominent and influential film critic, died Thursday in Chicago. He had been in poor health over the past decade, battling cancers of the thyroid and salivary gland.
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Ebert reviewed as many as 285 movies a year, after he grew ill scheduling his cancer surgeries around the release of important pictures.
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Ebert was both widely popular and professionally respected. He not only won a Pulitzer Prize — the first film critic to do so -- but his name was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, among the movie stars he wrote about so well for so long. His reviews were syndicated in hundreds of newspapers worldwide.
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RIP, even though I lost interest in his movie reviews years ago.
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I remember watching "Sneak Previews" on PBS with my dad when I was a kid in the late '70s and early '80s. Later, we would watch "At The Movies." It was always cool to get a look at upcoming films.

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And now he rejoins Siskel in that great balcony in the sky, R.I.P. to a great movie institution...even if I didn't always agree with him.
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I grew up watching Ebert and Siskel (sp?) back in the day...Sad that he lost his battle to cancer. RIP frown.gif
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yup, i'll miss reading his reviews. I also use to watch that show back in the day

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I interviewed Roger Ebert for the inaugural issue of Home Theater Technology, which later became Home Theater magazine. As I recall, he was a delightful interview. We disagreed about 3D—he hated it, I enjoy it, at least when it's done well—but I greatly respected him as a movie reviewer.


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I enjoyed watching "at the movies" back in the 80's, he and Gene Siskel can now talk about movies all the time.
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I can't help but to think about when Chris Farley did a parody of him on SNL. Kevin Nealon played Siskel and they were reviewing gay porn movies. Classic.

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He had been though a lot that was for sure, but always the fighter and loved what we love, the joy of being able to be caught up in moving pictures. (I say that even though I know it is not how it is done today...but out of respect.)

RIP Robert...I for one surely enjoyed what you did for us in your reviews as well as showing how not to give up and to always press on.

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RIP

Like many have stated, I hardly agreed with his ratings that he gave to movies. But people come from all walks of life and have different views on everything from politics to religion to even how to tie one's shoes.

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You could bet if he gave it a thumbs it was gonna be a good movie! He was rarely ever wrong.

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Farewell to a film icon. Roger Ebert was a genius and his reviews were unparalleled. Any one who hasn't, I invite them to read his "great films" reviews.
May he rest in peace.
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He was one of the few critics that I actually listened too ... RIP >
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First Phil Ramone and now Roger..

It looks like the greats are passing the baton onto the younger generation and they are telling us not to screw up and let them down, they have handed over to us a legacy.
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I was raised in the midwest and read his first film review of an Elvis Presley movie in the Chicago Sun Times. He said it was ok, but he liked Julie London record covers better. He was a wonderful writer all around. He also wrote the very funny script for Russ Meyer's "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls." No one around can fill his shoes. He will be greatly missed
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RIP

I remember watching "Sneak Previews" on PBS with my dad when I was a kid in the late '70s and early '80s. Later, we would watch "At The Movies." It was always cool to get a look at upcoming films.

Hey, same here... even though I was probably a little younger than you. smile.gif
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God speed Roger on the big trip.
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Two thumbs down.

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As a native Chicagoan, I too grew up valuing and trusting Roger Ebert's reviews for almost all 46 years that he wrote them. There has never been nor will there likely ever be, a film reviewer who was so skilled and dedicated in his craft.
He has conducted film classes where he actually reviews the film Citizen Kane, frame-by-frame. He has an isolated commentary track on the Blu-ray of the movie Dark City. The man truly "lived" the world of movies. As previously mentioned, his (thick) books full of reviews of the truly great historical fims, as well as the stinkers he hated, are exceptionally great reading.
Roger Ebert also always based his film reviews on how a movie actually was, quality-wise, not on how he expected it or wanted it to be like.
Some of his clashes and arguments with Gene Siskel will always be legendary. When you weighed both of their viewpoints together, however, you knew that you pretty much had a lock on how any particular film was going to be - even if you routinely only sided with one of them over the other.
Movie stars, producers and directors in Hollywood truly valued Roger Ebert's raves and even accepted his criticisms - something that can't be said of almost any other professional film reviewer who has ever lived. He would always attend the Cannes, Sundance and Toronto film festivals with zeal and report back from all of them.
Here are two huge "thumbs-up" (your own patented statement) Mr. Ebert, on a wonderfully long and storied career! You will truly be missed.
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Agree or disagree with Ebert he was a good writer, intelligent and thoughtful. If he didn't like a movie he'd tell you why. Personally I'm not sure if I could have the patience he did. After seeing thousands of movies he still did his best to consider each one anew. He wrote so many good reviews, giving Rob Schneider a well deserved smackdown, dooming and then redeeming The Brown Bunny and, in one of the best pieces I've ever read, concisely explains the how and why of good movie reviewing.

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I didn't always agree with his points of view, but there's no doubt he was a great writer. I was given a home movie companion as a kid and it became my movie bible. After that my parents made it a tradition to get me a new edition almost every Christmas, and I own most of his other books as well.

Over the years he gave some absolutely puzzling scores (ex. - panning "The Usual Suspects" while indicating he enjoyed "The Program", a hilariously bad sports movie, and giving it three stars?) but his writing style never failed to captivate me.

The "Gladiator" controversy was a tipping point of sorts for me. After he blasted that movie for odd reasons and sheepishly tried to take it back a few years later his reviews lost some of their weight in my mind and I stopped buying his books. Nevertheless - I continued visiting his website occasionally to check on his opinions until the very end.
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A good critic will challenge your position and make you think about why you like (or don't like) a movie. On more than one occasion Ebert gave an unfavorable review to a movie I liked upon release but which, with the passing of time, I've come to agree with him on. (I happen to agree with his low opinion of Gladiator, though not for the same reasons.)

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Roger Ebert was true to himself, and if your taste in films aligned with his, you were good to go. Early in my awareness of him I tended to agree more with Siskel and my tastes in films were not as broad as Roger's. His views and mine converged more over the years. He was passionate, well spoken, a great wordsmith and a wonderful advocate for the arts. He was a good customer of ours too. Well done Roger! Two thumbs way up! I still miss Gene too FWIW.

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Always loved watching him and Siskel, when i was a child with my parents; It wasn't the same when Siskel had passed but I still enjoyed hearing Eberts critique even though I didn't agree with him many times I enjoyed how he presented his views (did not like Roeper) and eventually I enjoyed reading his reviews it's quite a shame that he's gone, cancer is such a horrible problem

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As a chicagoan, I feel we lost another ambassador to my city before his time - Walter Payton, Gene Siskel, Ron Santo and now Roger frown.gif

When siskel became ill and passed away, it happened so quickly - almost within a years time. Ebert seemed a little lonely and distant on his show for those first couple years and it was easy to see why. But eventually he carried on and kept giving great reviews and even re-invented himself as a blogger. Was in disbelief when he became stricken with cancer not even a decade later. What was especially dismaying to me was how his failing health physically disfigured and debilitated him. Just cruel.

Last couple days though, I've been seeing a lot of video clips where he is in great spirits despite everything. Best yet were all the tribute and anecdotes I've been reading from fans everywhere that received emails from him over the years. Seeing and reading that leaves you with a good feeling. Lastly, his wife Chaz is one courageous woman.

I think his greatest legacy for me is is that he championed a lot of low budget and/or unknown movies that you would typically overlook or get the wrong idea - movies like Halloween, Grave of the Fireflies, Evil Dead, Hoop Dreams.

His reviews were just so thoughtful- had a lot of wit, humor and insight. (well...except maybe the one he did for North biggrin.gif )

A great writer that just happened to be a huge fan of the movies.


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