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Roger Ebert

Knowledge Identifier: +Roger_Ebert


Roger Ebert

American film critic, journalist and screenwriter add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1942.

Countries: United States (68%), (16%), Germany (3%)

Main connections: Gene Siskel, Russ Meyer, Chicago Sun-Times

Linked to: Democratic Party, PBS, American Broadcasting Company, Illinois High School Association




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Roger Ebert was born in 1942 add something


In 1958, he won the Illinois High School Association state speech championship in "radio speaking", an event that simulates radio newscasts add something


Some Like It Hot - Roger Ebert says about the movie, "Wilder's 1959 comedy is one of the enduring treasures of the movies, a film of inspiration and meticulous craft


After graduating from Urbana High School in 1960, Ebert attended and received his undergraduate degree in 1964 add something


Stanley Donen - The film's fun-loving association with the Swinging London of the 1960s divided critics, but Roger Ebert called its satire "barbed and contemporary


One of the first movie reviews he ever wrote was a review of "La Dolce Vita", published in "The Daily Illini" in October 1961 add something


Instead Kogan referred Ebert to the city editor at the "Chicago Sun-Times," Jim Hoge, who hired Ebert as a reporter and feature writer at the "Sun-Times" in 1966 add something


Ebert began his career as a film critic in 1967, writing for the "Chicago Sun-Times" add something


Ebert compiled "best of the year" movie lists beginning in 1967, thereby helping provide an overview of his critical preferences add something


He met film critic Pauline Kael for the first time at the New York Film Festival in 1967 add something


He was a film critic for the "Chicago Sun-Times" from 1967 until his death in 2013 add something


After movie critic Eleanor Keane left the "Sun-Times" in April 1967, editor Robert Zonka gave the job to Ebert add something


Who's That Knocking at My Door - American critic Roger Ebert gave the film an extremely positive review after its world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in November 1967


How I Won the War - In his January 7, 1968 review for the film, Roger Ebert gave the movie two stars, describing it as "not a brave or outspoken film"


Medium Cool - In his 1969 review, Roger Ebert wrote "In "Medium Cool", Wexler forges back and forth through several levels


Ebert co-wrote the screenplay for the 1970 Russ Meyer film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" and sometimes joked about being responsible for the film, which was poorly received on its release but is now regarded as a cult classic add something


Ebert occasionally accused some films of having an unwholesome political agenda, and the word "fascist" accompanied more than one of Ebert's reviews of the law-and-order films of the 1970s such as "Dirty Harry" add something


From the 1970s on, Ebert worked for the University of Chicago as a guest lecturer, teaching a night class on film add something


He is shown discussing the dynamics of appearing with Gene Siskel on the 1970s show "Coming to a Theatre Near You", which was the predecessor of "Sneak Previews" on Chicago PBS station WTTW. He expressed his approval of the proliferation of young people writing film reviews today on the Internet add something


Network (film) - In a review of the film written after it received its Academy *awards, Roger Ebert called it a "supremely well-acted, intelligent film that tries for too much, that attacks not only television but most of the other ills of the 1970s," though "what it does accomplish is done so well, is seen so sharply, is presented so unforgivingly, that "Network" will outlive a lot of tidier movies


Phil Spector - The character of Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell in "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", a 1970 Russ Meyer film, is based upon Spector, though neither Meyer nor screenwriter Roger Ebert had met him


Michael Winterbottom - Winterbottom's next project is this comedy about Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert's collaboration making the 1970 film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"


Deep Throat (film) - Critic Roger Ebert reviewed "Deep Throat" in an early 1973 column, giving it a no-stars rating and writing, "It is all very well and good for Linda Lovelace, the star of the movie, to advocate sexual freedom; but the energy she brings to her role is less awesome than discouraging


B movie - As Roger Ebert explained in one 1974 review, "Horror and exploitation films almost always turn a profit if they're brought in at the right price


In 1975, Ebert began co-hosting a weekly film review television show, "Sneak Previews", which was locally produced by the Chicago public broadcasting station WTTW add something


In 1975, he was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism add something


Gene Siskel - Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted a series of popular review shows from 1975 to 1999


Gene Siskel - In 1975, Siskel teamed up with Roger Ebert, film reviewer for the " Chicago Sun-Times", to host a show on the local Chicago PBS station WTTW which eventually became "Sneak Previews"


Sex Pistols - During summer 1977, McLaren had been making arrangements for the feature film of his dreams, "Who Killed Bambi-", to be directed by Russ Meyer from a script by Roger Ebert


Ebert was a recovering alcoholic, having quit drinking in 1979 add something


William Katt - Katt explained in a 1979 interview with critic Roger Ebert that he was holding out only for parts which were personally interesting to him


Halloween (1978 film) - Renowned American critic Roger Ebert gave the film similar praise in his 1979 review in the "Chicago Sun-Times", and selected it as one of his top ten films of 1978


Oprah Winfrey - Also, in the mid 1980s, Winfrey briefly dated movie critic Roger Ebert, whom she credits with advising her to take her show into syndication


When Time Ran Out - Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert selected the film as one of their "dogs of the year" in a 1980 episode of "Sneak Previews"


Platoon (film) - Roger Ebert gave it four out of four stars, calling it the best film of the year, and the ninth best of the 1980s


Raging Bull - "Raging Bull" is voted by many critics including Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel as the best film of the 1980s


He made similar revaluations of 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark", and 1985's "Ran" add something


After ranking "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" third on his 1982 list, it was the only movie from that year to appear on his later "Best Films of the 1980s" list add something


The Right Stuff (film) - Film critic Roger Ebert named "The Right Stuff" best film of 1983, and wrote, "it joins a short list of recent American movies that might be called experimental epics: movies that have an ambitious reach through time and subject matter, that spend freely for locations or special effects, but that consider each scene as intently as an art film"


Scarface (1983 film) - However, Roger Ebert rated it four stars out of four in his 1983 review and he later added it to his "Great Movies" list


Rear Window - Nearly 30 years after the film's initial release, Roger Ebert reviewed the Universal re-release in October 1983, after Hitchcock's estate was settled


Shoah (film) - In 1985, the year the movie was released, Roger Ebert described it as "an extraordinary film


In 1986, they again moved the show to new ownership, creating "Siskel & Ebert & The Movies" through Buena Vista Television add something


Drugstore Cowboy - The film was very well received critically, being listed on the Top Ten list of both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert for films released in 1989


Martin Scorsese - After the film was released Roger Ebert, a friend and supporter of Scorsese, named Goodfellas "the best mob movie ever" and is ranked 1 on Roger's movie list for 1990, along with Gene Siskel and Peter Travers, the film is widely considered one of the director's greatest achievements.


Breaking the Waves - During a show where film personalities listed their top movies of the 1990s, "Breaking the Waves" was named one of the ten best films of the decade by both critic Roger Ebert and director Martin Scorsese


The Thin Red Line (1998 film) - Martin Scorsese ranked it as his second favorite film of the 1990s on Roger Ebert's television show


Al Pacino - Pacino received an Academy Award nomination for playing Big Boy Caprice in the box office hit Dick Tracy in 1990, in which critic Roger Ebert wrote that Pacino is "the scene-stealer".


Barton Fink - Critic Roger Ebert wrote in his 1991 review that the Coens intended to create an allegory for the rise of Nazism


At age 50, Ebert married trial attorney Charlie "Chaz" Hammelsmith in 1992 add something


The Wages of Fear - In 1992, Roger Ebert stated that "The film's extended suspense sequences deserve a place among the great stretches of cinema


Denis Johnson - Johnson first came to prominence after the publication of his short story collection "Jesus' Son" , which was adapted into the 1999 film of the same name, which was named one of the top ten films of the year by "The New York Times", "Los Angeles Times", and Roger Ebert


Carl Franklin - The film was bestowed the honor of Best Film of the Year by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in 1992, and was named one of the 10 Best Films of 1992 by the National Review Board


Naomi Watts - The movie received critical acclaim and was featured on Roger Ebert's list of the 10 best movies of 1992


Super Mario Bros. (film) - Gene Siskel of the "Chicago Tribune" and Roger Ebert of the "Chicago Sun-Times" gave the film two thumbs down on the television program "Siskel & Ebert At the Movies", and the film was on their list for one of the worst films of 1993


- In 1993, "Chicago Sun-Times" film reviewer Roger Ebert wrote that "despite the efforts of several other filmmakers to make their own versions of the same story, it remains the definitive film about director's block"


Schindler's List - The film was named the best of 1993 by critics such as James Berardinelli, Roger Ebert, and Gene Siskel


The Fugitive (1993 film) - Various film critics included the film on their lists of the top 10 best films for that year; including Roger Ebert of the "Chicago Sun-Times" who named it the fourth best film of 1993


Clerks - In his 1994 review of "Clerks", Roger Ebert gave the film 3 stars out of a possible 4


In 1995, Ebert, along with colleague Gene Siskel, guest-starred on an episode of the animated TV series "The Critic" add something


Seven (film) - Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 3 1/2 out of 4 stars in his 1995 review of it and, in 2011, added it to his "Great Movies" list


During a 1996 panel at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Conference on World Affairs, Ebert coined the Boulder Pledge, by which he vowed never to purchase anything offered through the result of an unsolicited email message, or to forward chain emails or mass emails to others add something


Welcome to the Dollhouse - Critic Roger Ebert was vocal about his love for the film, giving it four stars out of four and placing it at No. 5 on his "Best of 1996" list


Fargo (film) - Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert both named "Fargo" the best movie of 1996


Eva Peron - In his review of the 1996 movie "Evita", movie critic Roger Ebert criticized Eva PerĂ³n, writing


He made an appearance as himself in a 1997 episode of the television series "Early Edition", which took place in Chicago add something


Days of Heaven - In 1997, Roger Ebert added "Days of Heaven" to his list of "Great Movies", describing it as "one of the most beautiful films ever made"


Nosferatu - In 1997, critic Roger Ebert added "Nosferatu" to his list of The Great Movies, writing:


Regarding his early influences in film criticism, Ebert wrote in the 1998 parody collection "Mad About the Movies": add something


Though not making a personal appearance, an honorary effigy of Ebert co-starred in the 1998 reimagining version of "Godzilla", played by actor Michael Lerner as New York City Mayor Ebert add something


Trouble in Paradise (film) - In 1998, Roger Ebert added it to his Great Movies collection


Double Indemnity (film) - In his 1998 review, film critic Roger Ebert praised director Wilder and cinematographer Seitz


After Siskel died in 1999, Ebert continued hosting the show with various co-hosts and then, starting in 2000, with Richard Roeper add something


After Siskel's death in 1999, the producers retitled the show "Roger Ebert & the Movies" and used rotating co-hosts add something


Being John Malkovich - Critic Roger Ebert's review was four out of four stars; at the end of the year, he named it the best film of 1999


In September 2000, "Chicago Sun-Times" columnist Richard Roeper became the permanent co-host and the show was renamed "At The Movies With Ebert & Roeper" add something


The Last Laugh - In 2000, Roger Ebert included it among his list of Great Movies


Bette Davis - In a 2000 review for "All About Eve," Roger Ebert noted, "Davis was a character, an icon with a grand style, so even her excesses are realistic


Aaron Sorkin - Roger Ebert gave it 2 out of 4 stars, and Peter Travers in a 2000 "Rolling Stone" review summarized it as having "suspense but no staying power"


Pulp Fiction - Adding "Pulp Fiction" to his roster of "Great Movies" in 2001, Roger Ebert called it "the most influential film of the decade"


Ebert lived with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands from 2002 that required treatments necessitating the removal of his lower jaw, which cost him the ability to speak or eat normally add something


In early 2002, Ebert was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer which was successfully removed in February add something


The Thin Man (film) - In 2002, critic Roger Ebert added the film to his list of Great Movies


Annie Hall - In his 2002 lookback, Roger Ebert noted with surprise that the film had "an instant familiarity" despite its age, and "Slant" writer Jaime N. Christley found the one-liners "still gut-busting after 35 years"


Steven Spielberg - Roger Ebert, who named it the best film of 2002, praised its breathtaking vision of the future as well as for the way Spielberg blended CGI with live-action.


In 2003, Ebert had a cameo appearance in the film "Abby Singer", in which he recited the white parasol monologue from "Citizen Kane" add something


In 2003, he underwent surgery for cancer in his salivary gland, which was followed up by radiation treatment add something


Maury Chaykin - Chaykin portrayed the colourful bookie Frank Perlin opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman's compulsive gambler Dan Mahowny in "Owning Mahowny", a film that critic Roger Ebert named as one of the ten best of 2003


Jan Decleir - In 2003 he had the starring role in the critically acclaimed thriller "The Memory of a Killer" of which the leading American critic Roger Ebert wrote in his review: "Jan Decleir never goes for the easy effect, never pushes too hard, is a rock-solid occupant of his character


Moonstruck - Influential film critic Roger Ebert entered the film to his "Great Movies" collection in June 2003


He conducted an onstage public "conversation" with Herzog at the Telluride Film Festival in 2004, after a screening of Herzog's film "Invincible" at the Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival add something


In August 2004 Stephen King, in a column, criticized what he saw as a growing trend of leniency towards films from critics including Ebert add something


Stephen King - In Roger Ebert's review of the 2004 movie Secret Window, he stated, "A lot of people were outraged that was honored at the National Book Awards, as if a popular writer could not be taken seriously.


Out of the Past - In a 2004 review of the film, critic Roger Ebert wrote "Out of the Past" is one of the greatest of all film noirs, the story of a man who tries to break with his past and his weakness and start over again in a town, with a new job and a new girl


The Big Red One - In November 21, 2004, Roger Ebert added The Big Red One to his list of "great movies". http://www


Ebert was described as an agnostic in 2005, but preferred not being "pigeon-holed" add something


For example, his fall 2005 class was on the work of the German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder add something


In 2005, Ebert became the first film critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame add something


In 2005, Ebert opined that video games are not art, and are inferior to media created through authorial control, such as film and literature, stating, "video games can be elegant, subtle, sophisticated, challenging and visually wonderful", but "the nature of the medium prevents it from moving beyond craftsmanship to the stature of art" add something


Paul Haggis - Critical reception of "Crash" was positive, and Roger Ebert called it the best film of 2005


Joe Morgenstern - He received a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2005, making him only the third film critic to win a Pulitzer for criticism, after Roger Ebert of the "Chicago Sun-Times" and Stephen Hunter of "The Washington Post"


Elevator to the Gallows - In a 2005 review for the film's theatrical re-release, Roger Ebert noted that Moreau's face, when Florence is pondering Julien's whereabouts, "is often illuminated only by the lights of the cafes and shops that she passes; at a time when actresses were lit and photographed with care, these scenes had a shock value, and influenced many films to come


King Kong (2005 film) - Roger Ebert gave the film four stars, and listed it as 2005's eighth best film


Crash (2004 film) - Roger Ebert gave the film four-out-of-four stars and described it as "a movie of intense fascination," listing it as the best film of 2005


Paths of Glory - "Chicago Sun-Times" critic Roger Ebert added this film to his "Great Movies" list on February 25, 2005


Howards End (film) - On 5 June 2005, Roger Ebert included it on his list of "Great Movies"


Macy's - Prominent film critic Roger Ebert voiced the grief of many Chicagoans at the loss of Field's when he wrote in his column on September 21, 2005:


He was again afflicted with cancer in 2006 add something


A. O. Scott - In 2006 and 2007, Scott served repeatedly as guest critic on "Ebert & Roeper" with Richard Roeper in Roger Ebert's absence due to illness


Judi Dench - In his review for "Chicago Sun-Times" film critic Roger Ebert declared the main actresses "perhaps the most impressive acting duo in any film of 2006


Terry Gilliam - Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2006.


Kevin Smith - From July 2006 on, Smith has guest reviewed on "Ebert & Roeper", in place of Roger Ebert, who was recovering from thyroid cancer treatment


Toni Senecal - On the weekend of August 26, 2006, Senecal co-hosted the syndicated television program "Ebert & Roeper" while film critic Roger Ebert was on medical leave


"Unlikely Fan Sends Roger Ebert Flowers" "People"; May 10, 2007 add something


He returned to reviewing on May 18, 2007, when three of his reviews were published in print add something


In July 2007, he revealed that he was still unable to speak add something


The Best Years of Our Lives - Chicago Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert put the film on his "Great Movies" list in 2007, calling it "


Winter Light - In 2007, Roger Ebert added the film to his Great Movies list, citing its "bleak, courageous power


Rat - Pixar's 2007 animated film "Ratatouille" is about a rat described by Roger Ebert as "earnest


John Mellencamp - In April 2007, Mellencamp was a "guest critic" on "At the Movies", filling in for Roger Ebert


Richard Corliss - Despite challenging Siskel and Ebert in his Film Comment article, "all thumbs", Corliss praised Ebert in a June 23, 2007 article "Thumbs up for Roger Ebert


Herzog dedicated his 2008 film "Encounters at the End of the World" to Ebert, and Ebert responded with a heartfelt public letter of gratitude add something


Ebert underwent further surgery in January 2008 to hopefully restore his voice and address the complications from his previous surgeries add something


Ebert later added "The Godfather Part II" to his "Great Movies" list in October 2008 stating that his original review has often been cited as proof of his "worthlessness" but he still had not changed his mind and would not change a word of his original review add something


Charlie Kaufman - He made his directing debut in 2008 with "Synecdoche, New York", which was well received; film critic Roger Ebert called it "the best movie of the decade" in 2009


Patrick Creadon - His second film, "I.O.U.S.A.", an examination of America's debt problem which forecast the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was later named one of film critic Roger Ebert's Top 5 documentaries of the year


Ben Mankiewicz - In 2008, he and Ben Lyons replaced Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper on the syndicated TV program "At the Movies"


The Reader (2008 film) - Stephen Farber of "The Hollywood Reporter" named it the 4th best film of 2008, Tasha Robinson of "The A.V. Club" named it the 8th best film of 2008, and Roger Ebert of the "Chicago Sun-Times" put it on his un-ranked top 20 list


Mon oncle Antoine - On 23 December 2008, Roger Ebert put "Mon Oncle Antoine" on his Great Movies list


When reviewing the 2009 remake of "The Last House on the Left", Ebert noted how he had given the controversial 1972 original three and a half stars and declined to make a comparison between the two versions: "I wrote that original "Last House" review 37 years ago add something


On January 31, 2009, Ebert was made an honorary life member of the Directors Guild of America add something


The Grey Zone - In 2009, Roger Ebert included it in his "Great Movies" series


Naperville Independent Film Festival - In 2009, film critic Roger Ebert presented the award for best student film to Brooke Hanson for her movie "Borderless"


Up in the Air (2009 film) - In addition, the film was included on lists of the ten best films of 2009 by Roger Ebert, the American Film Institute, and "The New York Times"


La Belle Noiseuse - "Chicago Sun-Times" film critic Roger Ebert added the film to his Great Movies collection in April 2009


Motherhood (2009 film) - In October 2009, Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four, saying the film is "billed as a comedy, but at no point will you require oxygen


As of 2010, his reviews were syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and abroad add something


In March 2010, his health trials and new computerized voice were featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" add something


Ebert later defended his position in April 2010, saying, "No video gamer now living will survive long enough to experience the medium as an art form" add something


On May 4, 2010, Ebert was announced by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences as the Webby Person of the Year, having taken to the Internet following his battle with cancer add something


In a July 1, 2010, blog entry, Ebert maintained his position that video games can never be art in principle, but conceded that he should not have expressed this skepticism without being more familiar with the actual experience of playing them add something


On October 22, 2010, Ebert appeared on camera with Robert Osborne on the Turner Classic Movies network during the network's "The Essentials" series add something


Welcome to the Rileys - While some critics criticized the direction, script, as well as performances, film critic Roger Ebert stated, "One of the buzz champs of Sundance 2010


Come and See - On 16 June 2010, Roger Ebert posted a review of "Come and See" as part of his "Great Movies" series, describing it as "one of the most devastating films ever about anything, and in it, the survivors must envy the dead


Elvis Mitchell - On September 10, 2010, famed film critic Roger Ebert announced that he is returning to television on a movie review show that he is producing for public television


By 2011, Ebert was using a prosthetic chin to hide some of the damage done by his many chin, mouth, and throat surgeries add something


On April 25, 2011, he achieved one of his long-time goals: winning one of the weekly caption contests in "The New Yorker" after more than 100 attempts add something


Turing test - Ebert test - The Turing test inspired the Ebert test proposed in 2011 by film critic Roger Ebert which is a test whether a computer-based synthesized voice has sufficient skill in terms of intonations, inflections, timing and so forth, to make people laugh


Drive (2011 film) - Her score for the film was 9,5/10 "Drive" was Roger Ebert's seventh best film of 2011


Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom - In 2011 Roger Ebert wrote that he owned the film since its release on Laserdisc, but had not watched it, citing the film's transgressive reputation


Nosferatu the Vampyre - In 2011, Roger Ebert added the film to his "Great Movies Collection"


He expressed his general distaste for "top ten" lists, and all movie lists in general, but contributed a top ten list to the 2012 Sight and Sound Critics' poll add something


In a July 2012 blog entry titled "Roger loves Chaz", Ebert wrote, "She fills my horizon, she is the great fact of my life, she has my love, she saved me from the fate of living out my life alone, which is where I seemed to be heading" add something


The Tree of Life (film) - In 2012, Roger Ebert called the film one of the 10 greatest films of all time in "Sight & Sound"s poll


The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival opened with a video tribute of Roger Ebert at the Roy Thompson Hall during the world premiere of the WikiLeaks based film "The Fifth Estate" add something

Roger Ebert died in 2013 add something


In March 2013, he wrote: "My choice is to not support abortion, except in cases of a clear-cut choice between the lives of the mother and child add something


On April 4, 2013, Ebert died at the age of 70 at his home in Chicago, ending his 11-year battle with cancer add something


Regardless, his ability to write was unimpaired and he continued to publish frequently both online and in print right up until his death on April 4, 2013 add something


On April 7, 2013, a private memorial vigil with an open casket was held at the chapel of Graceland Cemetery on the city's north side add something


Hundreds attended the April 8, 2013 funeral Mass held at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, where Ebert was celebrated as a film critic, newspaperman, advocate for social justice, and husband add something


The funeral was set for the following day, April 8, 2013 add something


In July 2013, a previously-unpublished review of the film "Computer Chess" appeared on Ebert's website add something


A second posthumously-published review, for "The Spectacular Now", was published in August 2013 add something


Chicago Sun-Times - The "Sun-Times"' best-known writer was film critic Roger Ebert, who died in April, 2013


A bio-documentary about Ebert, called "Life Itself", was released in 2014 add something


At the April 2014 Ebertfest, the Pulitzer Prize-winner will be honored with a life size bronze statue outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL. A fan of Ebert, Scott Anderson, Jr. and the Public Art League, have commissioned the project and donations are being collected for The Roger Ebert Film Center at the University of Illinois add something


In 2016, Ebert was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame add something