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I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it.
Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.
[*] could have been co-directed by Orson Welles and Steven Spielberg and still be unwatchable, because of that damned snowman.
[*] is a deplorable film with this message: If you're a 14-year-old girl who has been brutally raped and murdered by a serial killer, you have a lot to look forward to.
This film is not only garbage on an artistic level, but that it is also garbage on the crude and base level where it no doubt hopes to find its audience.
Hitchcock said a movie should play the audience like a piano. [*] played me like a drum. It is an assault on all the senses, including common.
[*] is a colossal miscalculation, a movie based on a premise that cannot support it, a premise so transparent it would be laughable were the movie not so deadly solemn.
[*] is not good in any rational or defensible way, but not bad in irrational and indefensible ways... You can wallow in it.
Spacey and Parker are honorable men. Why did they go to Texas and make this silly movie? The last shot made me want to throw something at the screen--maybe Spacey and Parker.
Sample dialogue, from a pool hall: 'What are you doing here?' 'We heard you were doing `True West.' ' 'Well, you heard wrong. We're doing `American Buffalo.' ' [Shoots him.]
The new version of [*] is a contemptible film: Vile, ugly and brutal. There is not a shred of a reason to see it.
[*] is a dirty movie. Not a sexy, erotic, steamy or even smutty movie, but a just plain dirty movie.
The movie itself has a tell: Watch for the moment when somebody obviously pulls a punch. If you hadn't figured out the rest of the movie by then, it gives away the whole thing.
Everybody involved in this project needs to do some community service.
This movie is awful in so many different ways. Even the opening titles are cheesy.
Here it is at last, the first 150-minute trailer.
[*] is ugly, nihilistic, and cruel -- a film I regret having seen. I urge you to avoid it.
Among many silly scenes, the silliest has to be the Ferris wheel sequence, which isn't even as thrilling as the one in 'The Notebook.'
Even the movie's poop joke fails, and if you can't make a poop joke work in a movie about kids, you're in trouble.
What were John Travolta and Robin Williams thinking of? Apparently their agents weren't perceptive enough to smell the screenplay in its advanced state of decomposition...
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Jan 28th, 2010 at 01:55 GMT
I only got two of them, but I'm still happy that you made this quiz. Ebert is great. :)
Jan 28th, 2010 at 05:32 GMT
The story behind his review of "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" is absolutely classic. Apparently Rob Schneider belittled a reviewer who trashed DB:EG because she never won a Pulitzer, an insanely high standard to bash such a clearly terrible flick. Ebert to the rescue! He even titled a book of his "Your movie sucks".
Jan 28th, 2010 at 14:30 GMT
I agree with Rebecca...I only got 3, but it was such a pleasure to read Ebert's scathing prose.
Jan 28th, 2010 at 15:38 GMT
Yeah great quiz, even if I can't believe you didn't use either of his Freddy Got Fingered lines. 1: "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." and 2. " The day may come when "Freddy Got Fingered" is seen as a milestone of neo-surrealism. The day may never come when it is seen as funny."
Jan 28th, 2010 at 18:18 GMT
I loved this quiz. Loved loved loved loved loved it. Loved it.
Jan 29th, 2010 at 02:17 GMT
DarkPhalanx: Yeah, I never knew Sporcle actually had a character limit until I made this quiz.
Feb 1st, 2010 at 17:35 GMT
BTW: This quiz is now linked into from Roger's own blog! http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/01/smash_his_camera_but_not_immed.html#comment-860262
May 10th, 2010 at 15:32 GMT
Yes, these movies suck, but Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, wooooooo boy, there's a classic. Movie critics are such blowhards.
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Apr 4th, 2013 at 20:36 GMT
Sometimes I think Hollywood just made bad movies so they could read Ebert reviews like these. Almost made it worthwhile.
RIP Roger. The balcony is closed.
Apr 4th, 2013 at 20:39 GMT
Whenever I saw a movie I didn't like at a theater, I'd always rush home and read his reviews, definitely gonna miss him.
Apr 4th, 2013 at 20:39 GMT
Two heavenly thumbs up, Roger. The balcony is still open, rockgolf- they just moved it a bit higher.
Apr 4th, 2013 at 20:47 GMT
Here's to the heavenly reviews he'll be making, reunited with Gene.
Apr 4th, 2013 at 20:52 GMT
I hated this quiz. Hated hated hated hated hated this quiz. Hated it. (In fact, I loved it; I just always wanted to say that)
Apr 4th, 2013 at 21:01 GMT
The reviews were fun to read, but maybe you could have found a few that gave better clues about the movie?
Apr 4th, 2013 at 21:39 GMT
something tells me Roger Ebert didn't enjoy "North"
Apr 4th, 2013 at 21:53 GMT
Wherever Mr. Ebert is now, I certainly hope he never has to see North again.
Apr 4th, 2013 at 22:04 GMT
Great reviews, and a timely tribute. RIP Roger.
Apr 4th, 2013 at 22:14 GMT
lol ill never forget that review for North (a movie I sort of liked). but yeah, this quiz was REALLY hard. There weren't that many tells, and you even tossed in some obscure movies too...toughhh
Apr 4th, 2013 at 22:17 GMT
Rob Reiner directed North, and when he was roasted by the Friar's Club several years ago, somebody (I think it was Richard Belzer) printed out Ebert's review and made Reiner read that "I hated this movie" section out loud. Reiner really got into it and it was absolutely hilarious.
Apr 4th, 2013 at 22:23 GMT
I'm not really a movie buff. But I loved reading Roger Ebert's reviews. Not to tell me what to think about it, but because they were intelligent, eloquent, and, yes, funny. Especially the negative ones of course. R.I.P. Roger Ebert, but I'm sure you'll find a great silver screen where you are now.
Apr 4th, 2013 at 23:21 GMT
I didn't realise he died until I saw this quiz. Very sad. His review of North always makes me laugh, particularly given that I actually liked the film. RIP.
Apr 4th, 2013 at 23:45 GMT
As far back I can remember, I trusted Ebert as the highest authority on film quality. If he liked it, I was probably going to like it too. If he didn't like it, I saved some money and got to enjoy some some of his trademark wit. You will be greatly missed, Mr. Ebert. Rest in peace.
Apr 5th, 2013 at 00:09 GMT
Is Life of David Gale really considered a bad movie? I only saw it once, but remember really enjoying it...
Apr 5th, 2013 at 00:13 GMT
Apr 5th, 2013 at 00:29 GMT
I can only echo what other commenters have already said: he was fiercely intelligent, eloquent, witty, and very good at his job. He'll be missed.
Apr 5th, 2013 at 00:50 GMT
Oh man... Since I've only ever read his work in print, I had absolutely no idea about the health problems Ebert had in recent years. Completely unable to eat or talk unaided since 2006? It blows me away that he kept up the output that he did - that's some true dedication to your craft, right there. A rest well earned.
Apr 5th, 2013 at 01:11 GMT
Hey, I like "The Village." Haven't seen the rest, but I'm sure he's spot on.
Apr 5th, 2013 at 01:46 GMT
On this day, Ebert joins his friend Gene Siskel in the kingdom of Heaven, and, in our world, he leaves behind a legacy that will last forever. RIP.
Apr 5th, 2013 at 02:35 GMT
Even though I liked 21 and Armageddon, and I've heard the Village is good, RIP
Apr 5th, 2013 at 03:40 GMT
RIP Roger Ebert, I hope that all of the movies up there are worth watching with Gene Siskel.
Apr 5th, 2013 at 05:55 GMT
I feel like any number of those reviews could apply to Catwoman.
Apr 5th, 2013 at 07:34 GMT
I read at least six of his reviews each week. He not only understood movies better than anyone, he was a brilliant psychologist and engineer, and a gifted and witty writer. Check out his review of The Wizard of Oz to see Ebert at his most incisive and celebratory, and his review of Sex and the City 2 to absolutely laugh your ass off. Just...genius.
Apr 5th, 2013 at 15:26 GMT
You did a quiz on bad reviews by Roger Ebert and left out "The Brown Bunny"? The way he burned Vincent Gallo was classic!
Apr 8th, 2013 at 19:30 GMT
@reepicheep The critics really hate it. I remember liking it as well, but I was pretty young when I first saw it. I'd like to watch it again now and get a better opinion. And if you look at Rotten Tomatoes it is funny because it gets 19% from the critics and 80% from the audience, which has to be one of the biggest discrepancies I've seen.
May 9th, 2013 at 08:45 GMT
A very clever test. It's very difficult to match up some of these to the Ebert quotes because more than a few of the quotes can plausibly be matched to several films — if you don't cheat, that is. Tricky, tricky, tricky. I dig it.
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