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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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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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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 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.


Respectfully,
 

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Those two guys always reminded me of Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show. Enjoy the video.
 

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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.


May he rest in peace.
 

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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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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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