The film world was saddened to hear of the passing of Roger Ebert, one of the best and the most well-known film critics of all time – and the first to ever receive a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism. As someone who loves movies and writing about them, he inspired me, and I was therefore particularly saddened by this news. I had just read Ebert’s most recent blog post about how his cancer had returned but he “wasn’t going away” - it almost feels like he was actually saying his goodbyes, knowing full well that he was going to be leaving us - even at 70 years of age - way too early. To think there will be no more Roger Ebert reviews to read upsets me, but there are hundreds of terrific reviews that will be with us until the end of time. I didn’t always agree with his opinions, (2 stars for War of the Worlds and The Devil Wears Prada?? Oh please!) but he was one of the few professional film critics whose reviews I read consistently. It was sad enough when Ebert left his syndicated TV show after his first round of health troubles but to have no more printed reviews leaves me a little empty inside. Ebert wasn’t only a big movie fan and phenomenal critic; he was a likable and extremely well-educated and knowledgeable person. Roger wasn’t just a journalist; he was a great human being. And that counts for something in this world. He’s gone but not forgotten. As a particular fan of reading film reviews, I leave you with ten great scathing Ebert reviews of movies he simply hated, hated, hated. Negative movie reviews are a showcase for a great writer’s talent – and sense of humor. Thumbs up to you Ebert, wherever you may be.
Click each title to read Ebert's review: