Siskel & Ebert at the Movies

Premiered Sep 18, 1986 In Season


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Long before the internet prompted millions of amateur critics to endlessly discuss films, there was Siskel and Ebert. They were the pioneers of film criticism, two guys from Chicago, Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times sitting down in their "balcony seats" to discuss the latest films openly and honestly. Once in a while they would take a break from their regular reviews and have special shows such as "Kid Vid", great movies for kids, "Guilty Pleasures", movies they were ashamed to admit they liked and "Hail! Hail! Black and White", a show about the virtue of Black and White film (which was aired in black and white). At the end of the year, the would hold individual shows to reveal their favorite films of the passing year and another show revealing their least favorites. Beginning in 1975 as "Opening Soon At a Theater Near You" their show ran on PBS until 1982 when the title was changed to the shorter "At the Movies". In 1986, they joined in a partnership with Buena Vista television and their show was syndicated as "Siskel & Ebert". "Siskel & Ebert" ran for 22 years until late in 1998 when Gene Siskel had brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. He did several shows by phone from his hospital bed and Roger did at least one show by himself and the rest he did with guest critics. In early 1999, Siskel announced he was taking the rest of the season off and would be back the following Fall. Sadly, he died on February 20 and was remembered by his colleague in a special show "Remembering Gene Siskel". Ebert would go on for the rest of the season with a series of guest critics until the following September when the show's name was briefly changed to "Roger Ebert and the Movies". In 2001, Ebert invited one of the guest critics Richard Roeper to be his permanent co-host and the show eventually became "Ebert & Roeper".moreless
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    • Two guys who have a passion for films!

      I started seeing Siskel and Ebert episodes until today, Well I didn't see all of it. The television program tells about this great legendary team of film critics who discuss nothereless than film. They're names are Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. They share they're passionate thoughts on film and they just talk with they're true knowledge over the motion picture that appear from the projections. They are also movie buffs, Yes they are also like us a typical normal person. The show had so many episodes that I could watch, Because those two guys inspired me to become a film critic. I have this youtube channel called: 1026 I make classic and new released reviews. I always read movie reviews just to give me the knowledge and potential I have until to this day my favorite hobby is seeing a movie that is just right for my age and go see it whether if it's bad or good. Gene Siskel died in 1999 which is a sad giveaway for the they're partnership. 3 years later Roger Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid and salivary-gland cancer. The disease took his lower jaw ravaged by cancer that nearly put him near-death. But now he has died on April 4, 2013. I was sad that my two inspirations for film criticism is gone. This time I have to work hard for my job so I could be a professional film critic like them. I know it i s hard but it is my favorite hobby! :)moreless
    • I grew up with those filn critic.

      I began watching "Siskel and Ebert" on my PBS station in the late 1970 and I watch the show every week to learn about how film critic write movie reviews. I was sad when Gene Siskel died in 1999. Nearly two years later, I started writing film reviews for The Big Screen Cinema Guide and I beleieve that I'm carrying on Gene's work. I watch the show weekly to see if I'm right with the two film critics. Every Friday, I get both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times to read what the two had said about the latest movie reviews. And since Richard Roeper has join, I still keep watching.moreless
    • The premise of this show was pretty basic,which was part of its charm.Two movie critics debating the quality of current movies,at its heart,a guide for the movie-goer.

      Now it seems old hat,but at the time the idea of two guys arguing the virtues,or lack of,of certain movies was unique.And each man had his own standards.What I liked is that most people could identify with at least one of the critics to a certain extent.Roger Ebert always seemed to be a bit more hoity-toity and Siskel always seemed to be more down to earth.And that added to the fun.I felt I was closer to Siskel than Ebert.Maybe the movie that seemed to define that similarity was THE CABLE GUY.I thought it was a great satire,and Siskel was probaly the only other person I knew that liked it,while Ebert thought it was lousy.It was more fun to see them argue than agree,because you were getting two distinct opinions.Of course,with Siskels untimely death,it changed.Richard Roeper replaced Siskel,and,as much as I enjoy Roepers writings,there doesnt seem to be the big differances of opinion that there were with Siskel.And now,with Ebert out indefinitely,it is just not the same to watch,no matter who Roeper brings on.It may never be the same again.And thats sad.moreless
    • Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert tell the world what they think of recently released movies and rate them with either a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

      Ever since I could remember (probably because the show has been on since before I was born) I would look forward to what Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel had to say about the recent movies they saw and weither they would agree that it was a good film, that they both hated it or disagree and bicker about weither or not it was worth recommending. I always liked trying to predict the outcome of thier decisions and rate the films with my own thumb rating. I especially liked watching them split on a film, thier personalities really showed and it was like watching two rams butting heads. This is one of the greatest shows on television because it is such a simple concept. No celebrity interviews, no stand up comedy, the only action is that of the film clips shown of the movies in question. It's just two guys sitting in a booth intellegently discussing movies. So simple and yet so powerful. These guys have become the worlds most trusted critics. If thier recomendations were plastered on the video boxes it was almost always a sign that you'd be watching a good movie. Siskel and Ebert always backed up thier opinions and stuck with them, very rarely changing thier minds about how they felt about the picture. What I think is so timeless about this show is the simple study of opinions. You really can learn alot about someone based on those opinions. I think that when they share there thoughts and opinions about such a diverse range of subjects from black and white classics and independant films to big budget blockbusters, amnimation and everything in between. They really show a passion and enthusiasum for their work that you don't often see. I admire there journalistic integrity and professional bias. They try there best to report on any film that is released to the public and if they like it enough they will go out of there way to get audiences to see this movie. For instance, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel loved the documentary Hoop Dreams so much that they dedicated an entire episode to discuss the importance of that film. They also did the same for Quentin Tarantino when Pulp Fiction was released. And if the film is really bad they will let you know and implore you to not waste your time and money on such garbage (Roger Ebert published a collection of scathing negative reviews called 'I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie' Which I highly recommend because of you sly humor and mockery of Hollywoods feeblest films)Growing up I always liked Siskel better then Ebert because his reviews were published in the newspaper I read and Ebert's didn't (the only thing I ever read before the comics, until I discovered Dave Barry)And cried when he died. But as an adult I admire Roger Ebert more. He is extremely dedicated to the world of film. Not only expressing his opinions on television but also in writing. He also hosts the Over looked Film festival. All of his written reviews can be read at and after reading them I realized that he is one of the finest writers alive today. I wish that he would write fiction more (he wrote the screenplay for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and a serial novel called Behind the Phantoms Mask)and consider him one of the great men of this world. I give this show an enthusiastic thumb way up. I dedicate this review to the late great Gene Siskel.moreless