History Series / SiskelAndEbert

11th Jun '18 6:18:55 AM hullflyer
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** Siskel made one in the episode where Ebert gave ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' a marginal thumbs down. Siskel said it was absurd that Ebert was giving a Kubrick film that rating, while in the same show he gave a recommendation to ''Benji the Hunted'' (which he disliked). As Ebert rightfully pointed out, ''Jacket'' and ''Benji'' are two totally different genres and as such, deserve to have different criteria for judging them[[note]]Long-time readers of Ebert's reviews and website would be aware that this was a major aspect of the way he reviewed films - when scoring a movie like Film/SpiderMan2 or Film/TheDarkKnight, he would compare it to Film/{{Superman}} (which he considered the greatest comic book/Superhero movie ever), not to Film/TheGodfather or Film/CitizenKane[[/note]].

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** Siskel made one in the episode where Ebert gave ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' a marginal thumbs down. Siskel said it was absurd that Ebert was giving a Kubrick film that rating, while in the same show he gave a recommendation to ''Benji the Hunted'' (which he disliked). As Ebert rightfully pointed out, ''Jacket'' and ''Benji'' are two totally different genres and as such, deserve to have different criteria for judging them[[note]]Long-time readers of Ebert's reviews and website would be aware that this was a major aspect of the way he reviewed films - when scoring a movie like Film/SpiderMan2 ''Film/SpiderMan2'' or Film/TheDarkKnight, ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', he would compare it to Film/{{Superman}} ''Film/{{Superman}}'' (which he considered the greatest comic book/Superhero movie ever), not to Film/TheGodfather something like ''Film/TheGodfather'' or Film/CitizenKane[[/note]].''Film/CitizenKane''[[/note]].
11th Jun '18 6:17:47 AM hullflyer
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** Siskel made one in the episode where Ebert gave ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' a marginal thumbs down. Siskel said it was absurd that Ebert was giving a Kubrick film that rating, while in the same show he gave a recommendation to ''Benji the Hunted'' (which he disliked). As Ebert rightfully pointed out, ''Jacket'' and ''Benji'' are two totally different genres and as such, deserve to have different criteria for judging them.

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** Siskel made one in the episode where Ebert gave ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' a marginal thumbs down. Siskel said it was absurd that Ebert was giving a Kubrick film that rating, while in the same show he gave a recommendation to ''Benji the Hunted'' (which he disliked). As Ebert rightfully pointed out, ''Jacket'' and ''Benji'' are two totally different genres and as such, deserve to have different criteria for judging them.them[[note]]Long-time readers of Ebert's reviews and website would be aware that this was a major aspect of the way he reviewed films - when scoring a movie like Film/SpiderMan2 or Film/TheDarkKnight, he would compare it to Film/{{Superman}} (which he considered the greatest comic book/Superhero movie ever), not to Film/TheGodfather or Film/CitizenKane[[/note]].
3rd Jun '18 7:45:54 AM Scifimaster92
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* DudeNotFunny: Invoked. Ebert accused ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'' of making fun of serious subjects which he felt shouldn't be mocked. Siskel tried to call him out on it, suggesting that any topic can be parodied if done right.

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* DudeNotFunny: Invoked. Ebert accused ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'' of making fun of serious subjects which he felt shouldn't be mocked. Siskel tried to call him out on it, suggesting that any topic can be parodied if done right.
3rd Jun '18 7:24:03 AM Scifimaster92
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** This was the duo's biggest compliant about ''Film/{{Xtro}}'', with Ebert outright labeling it one of the most depressing and mean-spirited films he'd ever seen in his career.
2nd Jun '18 1:39:28 PM speedyboris
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* CriticalDissonance: Invoked. Some examples of films which grossed high numbers despite the duo's score of "two thumbs down": ''Film/TheFlintstones'' (1994), the first two ''Film/HomeAlone'' movies, ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', and ''Film/GhostbustersII''.
** 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.
2nd Jun '18 12:45:36 PM nombretomado
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* GushingAboutShowsYouLike: The purpose of their annual "Best of" episodes. Also arguably the point of their "Memo to the Academy" episodes.

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* GushingAboutShowsYouLike: The SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike: Invoked, as the purpose of their annual "Best of" episodes. Also arguably the point of their "Memo to the Academy" episodes.
8th May '18 5:10:08 AM speedyboris
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** When reviewing ''Film/LiarLiar'', Siskel cited this as a pet peeve of his when movies tack on outtakes during the closing credits. He felt that this was a sign of desperation on the part of the filmmakers: "We're not sure if what we made was funny, so we'll leave you laughing on the way out."
8th May '18 3:05:15 AM CJO123
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** Michael Phillips was the deadpan critic whenever he was paired with the [[GenkiGirl more energetic Richard Roeper]]. Ironically, Phillips was out-deadpanned whenever he worked with the ''New York Times''[='=] A.O. Scott.

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** Michael Phillips was the deadpan critic whenever he was paired with the [[GenkiGirl [[{{Keet}} more energetic Richard Roeper]]. Ironically, Phillips was out-deadpanned whenever he worked with the ''New York Times''[='=] A.O. Scott.
24th Feb '18 4:43:24 PM speedyboris
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** Similarly, the duo rarely reviewed made-for-TV movies but occasionally they made an exception, such as when they reviewed ''The Rat Pack''.
17th Feb '18 2:15:39 PM Random888
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* FlatCharacter: Their criticism of George Jetson in their review of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons The Movie'': Siskel called him a "dullard".

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* FlatCharacter: Their criticism of George Jetson in their review of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons The Movie'': ''WesternAnimation/JetsonsTheMovie'': Siskel called him a "dullard".
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