Death Takes a Great Critic

The test of the greatness of a critic is in two things: firstly, do you feel as if you understand the art better for their insight, and, second, have they explained their love or hate of the thing in such a way that you have a good idea whether you’ll enjoy it. Roger Ebert wasn’t a critic that I always agreed with (his review of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang managed to point out all the bits that I loved about the movie while explaining how those things left him cold) but who gave me a greater understanding of the movies and of the artistry of the medium.

His political and social offerings weren’t particularly welcome from my corner, but I always believed that he had a right to voice those opinions and use his podium how he saw fit. He carved out his own space in every medium that he chose from television and newspapers to books and social media; most admirably, he did it honestly, bluntly, and on his own terms.

He critical eye will be missed.

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2 Responses to “Death Takes a Great Critic”

  1. Roger Fraley says:

    Ebert was the lesser of the original dueling film critics. I hated his politics and usually did not like his positive film reviews. His negative ones were better, marginally.

  2. Jhaneth says:

    Well, Hollywood always farvoed drama over historical accuracy. If Top Gun followed the facts the way their Naval Adviser explained to them, it would have been a boring movie-documentary rather than the coolest film of the 1980 s.Always remember, Ma and Pa from Oklahoma (as movie producers love to say) don’t know all the facts anyways. They just want to be amazed by what they see!

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