For 4,340 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Roger Ebert's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Frost/Nixon
Lowest review score: 0 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Score distribution:
4340 movie reviews
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    In a film that is wall-to-wall idiocy, the most tiresome delusion is that car chases are funny.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    The movie should be praying to St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes. Maybe he could perform a miracle and turn this into a cable offering, so no one has to buy a ticket to see it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    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. It's a flimsy excuse for a plot, with characters who move below the one-dimensional and enter Flatland.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    With style and energy from the actors, with every sign of self-confidence from the director, with pictures that were in focus and dialogue that you could hear, the movie descended into a morass of narrative quicksand. By the end, I wanted to do cruel and vicious things to the screenplay.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    I want to escape, Oh, Muddah Faddah -- Life's too short for cinematic torture.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Some movies are no better than second-rate sitcoms. Other movies are no better than third-rate sitcoms. The Back-up Plan doesn't deserve comparison with sitcoms. It plays like an unendurable TV commercial about beautiful people with great lifestyles and not a thought in their empty little heads.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Monotonous, repetitive and sometimes wildly wrong in what it hopes is funny.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Doesn't have anything wrong with it that couldn't be fixed by adding Ebenezer Scrooge and Bad Santa to the cast. It's a holiday movie of stunning awfulness that gets even worse when it turns gooey at the end.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    The target audience for Phantasm II obviously is teenagers, especially those with abbreviated attention spans, who require a thrill a minute. No character development, logic or subtlety is necessary, just a sensation every now and again to provide the impression that something is happening on the screen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    The movie is astonishingly simple-minded, depicting characters who obediently perform their assigned roles as adulterers, cuckolds, etc.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    V/H/S is an example of the genre at its least compelling.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    One regards Reign of Fire with awe. What a vast enterprise has been marshaled in the service of such a minute idea. Incredulity is our companion, and it is twofold: We cannot believe what happens in the movie, and we cannot believe that the movie was made.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    It's the worst kind of bad film: the kind that gets you all worked up and then lets you down, instead of just being lousy from the first shot.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    New Year's Eve is a dreary plod through the sands of time until finally the last grain has trickled through the hourglass of cinematic sludge. How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    I am so very, very tired of movies like this. Does the story line strike you as original? It sounds to me like another slice off the cheesecake of dreck.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Will I seem hopelessly square if I find Kick-Ass morally reprehensible and will I appear to have missed the point? Let’s say you’re a big fan of the original comic book, and you think the move does it justice. You know what? You inhabit a world I am so very not interested in.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Stargate is like a film school exercise. Assignment: Conceive of the weirdest plot you can think of, and reduce it as quickly as possible to action movie cliches.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Here is the dirty movie of the year, slimy and scummy, and among its casualties is poor Jessica Alba, who is a cutie and shouldn't have been let out to play with these boys.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    From what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for The Nutcracker in 3D? Who considered it even remotely a plausible idea for a movie?
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    The director, whose name is Pitof, was probably issued with two names at birth and would be wise to use the other one on his next project.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    The movie doesn't understand that embarrassment comes in a sudden painful flush of realization; drag it out, and it's not embarrassment anymore, but public humiliation, which is a different condition, and not funny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    During the course of Failure to Launch, characters are bitten by a chipmunk, a dolphin, a lizard and a mockingbird. I am thinking my hardest why this is considered funny, and I confess defeat.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Mired in a plot of such stupidity.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Passes off pathological behavior as romantic bliss. It's about two sick and twisted people playing mind games and calling it love.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    So strong, so shocking and yet so audacious that people walk out shaking their heads; they don't know quite what to make of it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    The screenplay reads like a collaboration between Jekyll and Hyde.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Watching Doom is like visiting Vegas and never leaving your hotel room.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    There have been articles lately asking why the United States is so hated in some parts of the world. As this week's Exhibit A from Hollywood, I offer Zoolander.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Myers has made some funny movies, but this film could have been written on toilet walls by callow adolescents.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Utterly clueless about its tone and has no idea how relentlessly it is undercutting itself. By the time we arrive at the obligatory happy ending, which is perfunctory and automatic, I felt sort of insulted. If Chandrasekhar thinks his audience will laugh at his vulgarity, why does he believe it requires a feel-good ending?

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