Roger Ebert's Best Zingers

'Last Rites' in particular got him riled up

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 4, 2013 7:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Roger Ebert loved good movies—here's his top 10—but those reviews aren't nearly as fun as the ones for god-awful flicks. Some of the slams getting passed around in the wake of his death today:

  • Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo: "Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks." (After Rob Schneider questioned the credentials of an earlier reviewer.)
  • North: "I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained it."
  • Last Rites: "Was there no one connected with this project who read the screenplay, considered the story, evaluated the proposed film and vomited?"
  • Brown Bunny: “I will one day be thin, but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of The Brown Bunny.”
  • Mad Dog: “Watching Mad Dog Time is like waiting for the bus in a city where you're not sure they have a bus line."
  • Little Indian, Big City: "There is a movie called Fargo playing right now. It is a masterpiece. Go see it. If you, under any circumstances, see Little Indian, Big City, I will never let you read one of my reviews again."
  • Baby Geniuses: "This is an old idea, beautifully expressed by Wordsworth, who said, 'Heaven lies about us in our infancy.' If I could quote the whole poem instead of completing this review, believe me, we'd all be happier. But I press on."
For more, see Today.com and the Daily Beast.

Roger Ebert in 2009.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
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