History Series / SiskelAndEbert

19th Oct '17 3:24:39 PM speedyboris
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* MickeyMousing: Criticized in their review of ''Hanna's War'', claiming it distracted from the action rather than enhance it.
18th Oct '17 2:52:34 PM speedyboris
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* UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming: Criticized in a special episode about "Women in Danger" movies.
29th Sep '17 7:11:29 AM speedyboris
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* AllThereInTheManual: In their review of ''Film/DumbAndDumber'', Ebert said that one of the jokes in the movie made him laugh so hard that he almost had to be hospitalized. He didn't elaborate which scene he was referring to, but in his print review for the Sun-Times, it was the scene with the blind kid and the headless parakeet.
30th Aug '17 3:46:06 PM speedyboris
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* PrecisionFStrike: The duo generally avoided even the mildest curse words, but Gene let a "damn" slip out when he reviewed ''Speechless'':
--> '''Siskel''': This screenplay didn't care enough to teach us a damn thing- excuse me, a ''darn'' thing, about politics, speech writing, or political campaigns.
25th Aug '17 4:34:03 PM Jeduthun
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* BigGuyLittleGuy: Siskel was tall and skinny; Ebert was short and fat.


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* FatAndSkinny: Ebert and Siskel, respectively.
9th Apr '17 11:34:59 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* DistractedByTheSexy: Ebert seemed more vulnerable to this, sometimes giving mediocre movies a pass if they had a particularly attractive woman in it, but Siskel wasn't above it, either... one of his major criticisms of ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'' was that Elizabeth Berkley didn't look sexy ''enough''.

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* DistractedByTheSexy: Ebert seemed more vulnerable to this, sometimes giving mediocre movies a pass if they had a particularly attractive woman in it, it (Roeper often chided Roger for his infatuation with Angelina Jolie), but Siskel wasn't above it, either... one of his major criticisms of ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'' was that Elizabeth Berkley didn't look sexy ''enough''.
8th Mar '17 12:05:45 AM thelivingtoad
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** On the complete OPPOSITE end of the spectrum, Gene and Roger were the ''only'' major critics in America to enjoy ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'', which was otherwise regarded then (and still is now) as one of the worst films of all time by both critics and audiences, to the point that Sandra Bullock considers it an OldShame. Roger would go on to write that it "inspired more disbelief" than any positive review he'd ever written.

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** On the complete OPPOSITE end of the spectrum, Gene and Roger were the ''only'' major critics in America to enjoy ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'', which was otherwise regarded then (and still is now) as one of the worst films of all time by both critics and audiences, to the point that Sandra Bullock considers it an OldShame. Roger would go on to write that it "inspired more disbelief" than any positive review he'd ever written. [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/speed-2-cruise-control-1997 That review]] effectively makes the argument that the film is [[SoBadItsGood so ridiculous that it winds up being an enjoyable experience]], which is more understandable in context than the "Two Thumbs Up!" the posters used.
25th Feb '17 10:56:13 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** In the special episode "The Movie That Made Us Critics", Siskel told a story about how one of his first professional reviews was for ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. He thought there were some cute moments but overall found it underwhelming and gave it a negative review. A fellow employee came across his review before it was published and was shocked that he'd give a bad review to a Paul Newman movie. Conflicted, Siskel went back to see the movie a second time and didn't like it any more than he did the first time (and actually, liked it less because he saw everything coming). That was an early lesson he learned as a critic: Hold your own opinions, no matter what the general consensus is.

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** In the special episode "The Movie That Made Us Critics", Siskel told a story about how one of his first professional reviews was for ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. He thought there were some cute moments but overall found it underwhelming and gave it a negative review. A fellow employee came across his review before it was published and was shocked that he'd give a bad review to a Paul Newman Creator/PaulNewman movie. Conflicted, Siskel went back to see the movie a second time and didn't like it any more than he did the first time (and actually, liked it less because he saw everything coming). That was an early lesson he learned as a critic: Hold your own opinions, no matter what the general consensus is.



** Not only this, but they frequently called out the Oscars at times where they felt HarrisonFord was ignored for Academy attention for his action roles, which they mentioned more than once that he could do better than anyone else (aside from maybe Steve McQueen in decades past). ''The Fugitive'' was probably one of the more notable examples of them feeling he was snubbed.

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** Not only this, but they frequently called out the Oscars at times where they felt HarrisonFord Creator/HarrisonFord was ignored for Academy attention for his action roles, which they mentioned more than once that he could do better than anyone else (aside from maybe Steve McQueen in decades past). ''The Fugitive'' was probably one of the more notable examples of them feeling he was snubbed.



** Another good one was when they reviewed Nicolas Cage's ''It Could Happen To You'', which they were '''very''' enthusiastic about, calling it one of the best films of all time... After the commercial that followed this review came the ''Film/{{North}}'' review, which doesn't need an explanation.

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** Another good one was when they reviewed Nicolas Cage's Creator/NicolasCage's ''It Could Happen To You'', which they were '''very''' enthusiastic about, calling it one of the best films of all time... After the commercial that followed this review came the ''Film/{{North}}'' review, which doesn't need an explanation.



* MostAnnoyingSound: Invoked. A few actors have been described by Siskel and/or Ebert as "fingernails on the blackboard", such as Pauly Shore.

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* MostAnnoyingSound: Invoked. A few actors have been described by Siskel and/or Ebert as "fingernails on the blackboard", such as Pauly Shore.Creator/PaulyShore.



--> '''Siskel''': This, stunk. Chris Farley is not funny. I knew John Belushi, I knew John Candy, he's [Chris Farley's] no John Belushi or John Candy.

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--> '''Siskel''': This, stunk. Chris Farley Creator/ChrisFarley is not funny. I knew John Belushi, Creator/JohnBelushi, I knew John Candy, Creator/JohnCandy, he's [Chris Farley's] no John Belushi or John Candy.



* ThatCameOutWrong: When the duo reviewed ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', Siskel called Timothy Dalton's portrayal of Bond "mousy", which baffled Ebert.

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* ThatCameOutWrong: When the duo reviewed ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', Siskel called Timothy Dalton's Creator/TimothyDalton's portrayal of Bond "mousy", which baffled Ebert.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: One of Roeper's criticisms of ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', claiming that Angelina Jolie's British accent slips in and out.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: One of Roeper's criticisms of ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', claiming that Angelina Jolie's Creator/AngelinaJolie's British accent slips in and out.
20th Jan '17 10:40:08 AM speedyboris
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* FlatCharacter: Their criticism of George Jetson in their review of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons The Movie'': Siskel called him a "dullard".
4th Jan '17 9:39:15 AM speedyboris
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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: One of Roeper's criticisms of ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', claiming that Angelina Jolie's British accent slips in and out.
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