Famed Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies at Age 70

Film critic Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Ebert was one of the great pop-culture critics to ever give his stamp of approval or scowl of disdain to the medium, and his voice was the model for many bloggers, writers, and reviewers today.

Ebert, who began reviewing movies in the 1960s, had been battling cancer for several years, and in 2006 cancerous tissue from part of his jaw was removed after surgery. But that didn't keep him from continuing to do what he loved, and he found new life on the internet, never shying away from the spotlight even after he lost his (physical) voice. 

Before the web gave us IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and countless other sites devoted to movie reviews, Ebert, along with his longtime friend and colleague Gene Siskel (who died in 1999), sat in the balcony of a movie theater and discussed films in the 1980s television show At the Movies. I devoured that show as a young'un, using Ebert's fair and balanced critique of movies to decide where my (parents') hard-earned money would be spent at the movie theater that weekend. His "thumbs up" nod of approval would become the most-sought after review by the film industry during the 1980s and 1990s. At the Movies, launched in 1986, would continue in some incarnation until 2010. 

A pioneer in the field of criticism whose work would influence countless others, Ebert will be missed greatly. I'm sure he and Siskel are sitting together right now, going at each other in some highly intelligent, slightly heated debate.

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There have been countelss attempts at movie review programs. However nobody even came close to Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. They were two great personalities who had a great presence on screen and made the shows they hosted worth tuning into every week. All the other critics who tried to duplicate what Siskel & Ebert had (Jeffrey Lyons and Neal Gabler who replaced Siskel & Ebert on "Sneak Previews" or Bill Harris and Rex Reed who replaced them on "At The Movies".) were not even a tenth as good. RIP Roger. You will always be missed.
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Whenever my parents brought the paper home on Fridays, the first thing I used to look for was Ebert's reviews. Such a thoughtful critic who was loved by so many and will be missed dearly. That damn cancer always takes the good ones.
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He was my only favorite movie critic. Its a sad day indeed. RIP Mr. Ebert.
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A tragic day indeed. I hope Ebert and Siskel are catching up on old times now. So long Roger Ebert, you will be missed. :(
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That is tragic, especially on the heels of the news that his cancer had returned and he was going to keep living, keep fighting. Ebert has been by far my most trusted movie critic of all time, he was able to recognize a film for what it was and judge it on its own merits so he could enjoy high art and dumb crap at the same time. He was a brilliant man who, upon losing his voice, discovered how much more meaningful communication can be by turning the internet into his most vocal locale, and it's too bad that he's been taken from us so soon. I missed seeing and hearing him on TV, was very excited about the synthesized voice they were making for him. Together with his partner Gene Siskel, he took movie reviews out of the snobbish columns and into the reach of the masses by putting them on tv with a simple yea or nay system. A true TV icon, lost but not forgotten.
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R.I.P. Ebert, you were one of the most insightful critics I've seen, and you will really be profoundly missed.

Also, to the site editors, could you please replace that front picture? Ebert should never be remembered from his fight with cancer, but from his years where he was well and able to give some of the most insightful reviews many of us have seen. I think it would be a classy move to change the picture.
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May you find peace, Mr. Ebert. I have a lot of respect for you and your opinion.
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RIP, Mr Ebert. I didn't always agree with you, but I sure as hell respected you. You will be missed.
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A great man, I just loved watching him with Gene Siskel on At the movies. My love of films has a lot to do with him. He will be missed.
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Ebert's was the only review I cared about whenever I was interested in a movie. Today is a sad day indeed. Thanks for all your thumbs, Roger.
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I curse myself for not being old enough to have watched his show on TV, but I love and have loved for a long time now reading his book, his movie reviews, everything. RIP, Roger Ebert.
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Ebert will be greatly missed! Very sad to hear this news. My parents and I enjoy reading his reviews and watching old episodes of Siskel and Ebert's show whenever it happens to pop onto PBS.
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RIP Heaven a new one, Mr Ebert with your brilliant criticism and let the Director know he's not doing such a great job of his Movie. We count on you.
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RIP Mr. Ebert. Thank you for all the good times at the movies!
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This news made me quite sad. A lot of celebs passing away recently, and Ebert will be truly missed. I hope you're right, Tim, and about him and Gene back at it again somewhere.
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Two thumbs up for his career.
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The balcony is closed
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The man was a giant in the industry, and, as you say, even if you disagreed with his reviews, it cannot be denied that they were both powerful and well thought out and elocuted. He will be missed.
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Oh wow. RIP to Mr.Ebert, one of in his field.
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Despite the maaaaany movies I've watched and the reviews and receptions I'd sometimes read online, I was never a "fan" of someone's work as a critic, so I never really "followed" Ebert's reviews. With that said, he was the one critic -- well, along with Gene Siskel -- that I even knew of as a movie critic, so there's that. He was without a doubt the most famous and popular in his field, with the exception of maybe somebody that did it before I was born.
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I'm absolutely stunned, his reviews and blog posts were some of the best reading on the net in the last few years. He could be scathing and cynical in his reviews but above all he came across as humane. The world will be worse off without him.
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:( RIP Roger..
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RIP
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That was quick. I just heard last night his cancer returned. I also noticed he had apparently stopped doing reviews on his site, as they were now being posted by Richard Roeper and others. May his thumb rest in peace...
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