Posted by: ckckred | April 7, 2013

What is Your Favorite Roger Ebert Review?

What is your favorite review from the famed critic?

What is your favorite review from the famed critic?

When Roger Ebert passed away this week, I spent much of my time seeing old clips of Siskel and Ebert and reading some of his old reviews.  Ebert always wrote with such eloquence and form, and his reviews all contained wit and humor.  So for today’s question: I thought I would ask what is your favorite Roger Ebert review?

I’ve read his reviews of Apocalypse Now and 2001: A Space Odyssey (both my two favorite movies of all time and also coincidently Roger’s) the most, as well as some of his bitter rants, like North.  My favorite segment from Siskel and Ebert is the two critics’ appraisal for Hoop Dreams, and I always love watching their arguments over some films like Blue VelvetSilence of the Lambs, and Cop and a Half.  But what are your’s?


  1. I can’t really recall a review that I was blown away by (in part, because he was restricted by being a day-to-day critic with a target audience in my), but almost all of his great movie reviews are stunning. Honours going to 2001, Playtime and his recent Mulholland Drive one.

    • Rogers’ Great Movies section always had some great film analysis. 2001 and Mulholland Drive are two of my favorites as well. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I don’t have a favorite but I really liked his Tree of Life review which happened to reference 2001 A Space Odyssey.

    • I loved his Tree of Life review as well. I am a huge fan of the film and Roger perfectly captured the picture in it. Thanks for commenting.

  3. I don’t remember what film it was but he thought it was awful and the review so damn funny haha 😀

    • I love Roger’s reviews. I remember reading his review on The Hot Chick and he said, “It is too vulgar for anyone under 13, and too dumb for anyone over 13.” Thanks for commenting.

  4. I remember his review of Mulholland Drive actually made that movie make some sense to me. I also liked him sticking up for Hobbits in Two Towers and i also loved his review of Malick’s The New World where he was able to describe why I liked the movie so much when I couldn’t.

    Also, I wanted to email you but couldn’t find an address. Can you email me at about a blog post idea?

    • Roger’s review of Mulholland Drive is also one of my favorites. He wrote a Great Movies post on the film a couple of months ago.

      My email is I’ll be sure to reply quickly. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Somebody recently pointed me towards his Groundhog Day review, which I hadn’t read in a while and it’s pretty great. There are just too many for me to narrow it down, but my favorites would probably be in the Great Movies series.

    • Roger’s Great Movie post of Groundhog Day is pretty great. The man has so many great reviews I could spend a day reading his writing. Thanks for commenting.

  6. That’s easy. “North”. The way he killed that film and the infamous he words he said about it just shows that he’s a cut above most critics. A honorable mention should go to his review towards “The Devil’s Reject” which revealed is one of the most surprising reviews of his career as he stated everything about that was so bad yet he praised Rob Zombie for it.

    • Oh, his North review’s one of my favorites as well.

      “I hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated it.”

  7. I didn’t read them regularly, but the one I always remember is the one he did for E.T., which was in the form of a letter to (if I remember correctly) his grandchildren, describing it from their point of view.

    • His E. T. one is great. Thanks for commenting.

  8. Oh gosh. Hmm…too many great reviews this guy has to choose one! I’ll go with his rant on Battlefield Earth.

    • His Battlefield Earth review’s one of my favorites. Roger’s bad reviews were always fun to read. Thanks for commenting.

      • I’d have to say I love his Pulp Fiction review as well. Watched 40% of the movie the other day (and got in huge trouble for it :/ ) and his comparison between Tarantino and Jerry Lee Lewis is spoton.

      • His Pulp Fiction one’s pretty great, though I can’t believe he wrote a two star review of Reservoir Dogs. How did you think of Pulp Fiction so far?

      • Two stars on Reservoir Dogs? Geez. I thought I read somewhere that the opening scene is one of the most influential and imitated.

        I love PF so far. So fun to pull quotes from it. And I’ve completely memorized Tarantino’s Ezekiel 25:17 (for confirmation class, but I’m not getting ultimately confirmed anyhow). I had to hit stop right at the “magic marker” scene unfortunately. I’m still laughing at that one.

  9. My favorite film review by Mr Ebert is easy: Mulholland Drive.

    Pure prose.

    • That is a great review and I’m glad Roger finally appreciated a David Lynch film.

  10. Hmmm, great question. I don’t know which one is my fave as he’s got so many great ones. But I remember his review of Phantom of the Opera, even though I disagreed with him but parts of it made me laugh. He really was a great critic!

    • Just reading it right now made me laugh. Roger will be missed. Thanks for commenting.

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