If you are a movie fan of any kind, you certainly know the name Roger Ebert. The iconic film critic of this generation, Ebert was a filmmaker's film critic, who took his job as seriously as most filmmakers take their films. It might therefore be a surprise that he is quoted as giving Mad Magazine credit for starting him on his career as a critic:
?"I learned to be a movie critic by reading Mad magazine... Mad's parodies made me aware of the machine inside the skin—of the way a movie might look original on the outside, while inside it was just recycling the same old dumb formulas."??
To some, he was famous for being half of Siskel & Ebert team for various incarnations of At The Movies with Siskel & Ebert
(then later, Ebert & Roeper
), and is also notable for having written the script for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.??
Of course, he is best known for being a no holds barred, Pulitzer Prize winning, film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times
. He was the first film critic to be awarded a Pulitzer.??
The Chicago Sun-Times
summed up his legacy this way:
??"Roger Ebert loved movies.
Except for those he hated."
That seems about right to us, too.