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Roger Ebert Dies at 70

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Roger Ebert Dies at 70

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Film critic Roger Ebert was not only the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, but one of the only critics known to the general public, thanks to his long-running movie review shows such as “Sneak Previews” and his thumbs-up or down movie reviews. He died Thursday of complications from cancer, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was 70.

The avuncular champion of movies big and small had been fighting thyroid cancer since 2002, and in the past few years spoke with a voice machine. The latest show to bear his name is the PBS series “Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies,” in which he briefly appears on camera with a prosthetic chin though other critics shoulder reviewing duties.

He apperared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2010, speaking with a machine that tailored his speech more closely to his natural voice.

He continued reviewing films and kept in the public eye »

2 thumbs up for a great career RIP

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Definitely held film making to a higher standard because of his tough opinions and reviews

He was controversial and said a lot of stuff about a lot of people, which I didn't necessarily like about him, but I guess it's all irrelevant now

RIP

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Not a big fan of some of his criticism. Like the whole thumb up/thumb down thing, or how he often put himself into his criticism, but you've gotta respect the dude's career.

If people paid more attention to film critics, I wonder if the state of the movie industry would be better.

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This is really too bad. He provided a neat look on a lot of movies and reviewed them very well. RIP Roger

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The loss of cultural knowledge is massive. I will greatly miss his perspective on film. Sad to think of all the movies he won't get to see now.

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Sad when people die but I wonder if this wasn't for the better. I would never want to live my life the way Roger did for the last part of his.

RIP

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Don't know how much pain the guy was in, but I remember reading that he said he would no longer treat the cancer if it came back again as he was tired of it.

Him and Siskel worked well together, and the thumbs up/down method is an easier way to rate a movie than out of 4 or 5 stars (or the letter grade system). Like all reviewers, I didn't agree with everything he said but I respected his opinion.

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frack Cancer

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One of the few high profile movie critics that was actually a good writer. RIP.

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This comes 1 day after a statement from him that he would take a step back from reviewing a lot of films, and focus on reviewing only the movies he wants to see.

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I give cancer two thumbs down.

RIP

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