Wadded Beef: Agree about Kick-Ass. His review was pretty venomous but I thought it delivered. It was a fun action movie.
Rocket To Russia: FIGHT CLUB: "It's macho porn -- the sex movie Hollywood has been moving toward for years, in which eroticism between the sexes is replaced by all-guy locker-room fights. Women, who have had a lifetime of practice at dealing with little-boy posturing, will instinctively see through it; men may get off on the testosterone rush."This makes me think he didn't actually watch the movie, but only the trailer.
Wadded Beef: Dog Welder: Lsherm: tenpoundsofcheese:Even at those times when I disagreed with Ebert's review, I could usually understand and accept his point of view. He was still 100% wrong about "Kick Ass" and he was 100% wrong about video games could never be considered art. But I also appreciated how he could say, "This movie is a big dumb action movie, but it's an enjoyable big dumb action movie, so 3 Stars."Agree about Kick-Ass. His review was pretty venomous but I thought it delivered. It was a fun action movie.
Gunderson: I have to agree with him on "Full Metal Jacket". Boot camp was amazing. After boot camp were snippets that were barely organized and the film just ran out of gas.
doyner: Blue Velvet was overrated.
kab: doyner: Blue Velvet was overrated.I'd agree. Interesting cinematic moments wrapped in a rather aimless story. Lost Highway suffered from the same thing.
kab: I'd agree. Interesting cinematic moments wrapped in a rather aimless story. Lost Highway suffered from the same thing.
MyKingdomForYourHorse: kab: I'd agree. Interesting cinematic moments wrapped in a rather aimless story. Lost Highway suffered from the same thing.I contend that Lynch is a horrible film maker, but a remarkable and very talented scene maker. There are moments in his film where if that were the only part of the movie you saw, would want you to immediately see the rest. But when woven together often make this mismatched patchy narrative that distracts at times from the scenes even themselves.
keepitcherry: I had no idea a film critic could be so endearing to so many people. Not trying to be snarky whatsoever.
jake_lex: Full Metal Jacket is not 2 separate movies. Everything set up in the first half pays off in the second.I mean, the second half of the movie is the confirmation of Sgt. Hartman telling Joker "You're a killer, not a writer!"
ThunderPelvis: Out of curiosity, I just read Ebert's review of Titanic. He gave it a literary blowjob, and that movie was the biggest, most overrated piece of sh*t I've ever had the misfortune of gagging my way halfway through and turning off in disgust. So, you'll have to pardon me if I don't take this list too seriously./RIP, anyway. Seemed like a good guy.
Dr.Zom: North, 1994"I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. 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."Stargate, 1994"The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate."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. Oh, I've seen bad movies before. But they usually made me care about how bad they were. Watching Mad Dog Time is like waiting for the bus in a city where you're not sure they have a bus line."B.A.P.S., 1997"My guess is that African Americans will be offended by the movie, and whites will be embarrassed. The movie will bring us all together, I imagine, in paralyzing boredom."Armageddon, 1998"No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out."Godzilla, 1998"Going to see Godzilla at the Palais of the Cannes Film Festival is like attending a satanic ritual in St. Peter's Basilica."Battlefield Earth, 2000"Battlefield Earth is like taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It's not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way."Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles, 2001"I've seen audits that were more thrilling."Freddy Got Fingered, 2001"This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels."How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, 2003"Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star. I neglected to mention that, maybe because I was trying to place them in this review's version of the Witness Protection Program. If I were taken off the movie beat and assigned to cover the interior design of bowling alleys, I would have some idea of how they must have felt as they made this film."The Brown Bunny, 2003"I had a colonoscopy once, and they let me watch it on TV. It was more entertaining than The Brown Bunny."The Village, 2004"To call it an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes. It's a crummy secret, about one step up the ladder of narrative originality from It Was All a Dream. It's so witless, in fact, that when we do discover the secret, we want to rewind the film so we don't know the secret anymore. And then keep on rewinding, and rewinding, until we're back at the beginning, and can get up from our seats and walk backward out of the theater and go down the up escalator and watch the money spring from the cash register into our pockets."A Lot Like Love, 2005To call A Lot like Love dead in the water is an insult to water."Bucket List, 2007"I urgently advise hospitals: Do not make the DVD available to your patients; there may be an outbreak of bedpans thrown at TV screens."Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, 2009"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. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."The Last Airbender, 2010"The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented."Seven Days In Utopia, 2011"I would rather eat a golf ball than see this movie again."
Mr. Chainsaw: Agree with him 100% on Full Metal Jacket and A Clockwork Orange. Kubrick's most overrated films.
ltdanman44: i enjoy and respect Ebert, but he didn't like gladiator and I thought it was one of the best I had ever seen.
Angry Buddha: I would happily read review excerpts like this all damned day.
Crewmannumber6: I'm currently watching Mulholland Drive. It's intriguing.
Christian Bale: Clearly he doesn't like violence and that affected his reviews of Fight Club and Clockwork Orange, but that paragraph about Donnie Darko is absolute perfection. Even the pun about "trying to land it"
Jim_Callahan: If he really doesn't like a movie, he'd give it one star. If he thought it was a blight on humanity to the point where we need to invent time travel solely for the purpose of sending a bomb back to the delivery room where the writer or director was born, he'd give it a zero.
Rocket To Russia: I'm surprised he came down on Clockwork Orange for it's glorification of violence and then later went on to treat Tarantino like the movie messiah for doing the same thing, only stupider.
MyKingdomForYourHorse: One of my favorite reviews is from HellRaiser 2, it an awesome review because he basically rails on the audience who keep giving people money to make shiatty movies
Phil Moskowitz: I liked the guy, but that list is just damning. His taste was pedestrian in the extreme, despite his ability to write.
gunga galunga: Wadded Beef: Dog Welder: Lsherm: tenpoundsofcheese:Even at those times when I disagreed with Ebert's review, I could usually understand and accept his point of view. He was still 100% wrong about "Kick Ass" and he was 100% wrong about video games could never be considered art. But I also appreciated how he could say, "This movie is a big dumb action movie, but it's an enjoyable big dumb action movie, so 3 Stars."Agree about Kick-Ass. His review was pretty venomous but I thought it delivered. It was a fun action movie.Read his review of Kick Ass and then read his gushing over Kill Bill. Exact same concept, but it's an 11-year-old girl instead of a woman in her mid 30s. It kind of reminded me of Bill Hicks' "love list" bit, where he observes that when a massive tragedy occurs and many deaths result from it, people say "oh, those poor children." Yeah, but what about the adults? At what age does a person go off your love list.Same thing with Kick Ass. At what age does it stop being inappropriate to brandish a sword and kill an entire room of people? I asked him that on his blog but didn't get a response. Yeah, I understand he couldn't respond to every single post.
Bukharin: He wrote for the Sun-Times, the pedestrian paper in Chicago.
Internet Meme Rogers: Bukharin: He wrote for the Sun-Times, the pedestrian paper in Chicago.You don't even know what that means.
zunkus: I can't be the only person who doesn't give a fark what "critics" think, can I? I prefer to watch, read, listen or try things myself and then form my own opinions. Sorry the guy died and all but I give zero farks about his opinions on anything.
funktilious_j: Clockwork Orange was a good movie about a distopian society. But I love movies about distopian societies. And I agree that Full Metal Jacket was 2 seperate movies. But I like it as well.But c'mon, he made The Shining, which Stephen King doesn't like, which automatically makes it good.
Brokenseas: zunkus: I can't be the only person who doesn't give a fark what "critics" think, can I? I prefer to watch, read, listen or try things myself and then form my own opinions. Sorry the guy died and all but I give zero farks about his opinions on anything.But do you love to debate other people about movies, music, sports? Isn't it fun to have an opinion about something, then to read someone else's opinion and have a little discussion in your head about what you just read?Good critics don't tell you what to like or dislike. They provoke debate about art, entertainment and sports. I loved watching a movie, then reading Ebert's review. I didn't view him as a authority figure, I loved shooting the shiat with him in my mind about movies and politics.
immrlizard: People forget about the (first) reviews of ET. I was a kid then, but I remember them saying that it was going to be one of Speilberg's greatest failures. A month later, the second review was much kinderI don't listen to anyone when it comes to movie reviews. Most don't think about movies as I do or enjoy the same thing as I.
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