History Series / SiskelAndEbert

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.
29th Dec '16 10:51:32 AM nombretomado
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* VisualPun: Their "At the Movies" days featured two animals, Aroma the Educated Skunk and Spot the Wonder Dog, which represented the stinkers and dogs of the week, respectively. These were excised when they moved to the Buena Vista series. During a 1992 interview on [[DavidLetterman Late Night with David Letterman]], Gene recalled working with the skunk.

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* VisualPun: Their "At the Movies" days featured two animals, Aroma the Educated Skunk and Spot the Wonder Dog, which represented the stinkers and dogs of the week, respectively. These were excised when they moved to the Buena Vista series. During a 1992 interview on [[DavidLetterman [[Creator/DavidLetterman Late Night with David Letterman]], Gene recalled working with the skunk.



** Also to be expected when one watches any of their guest appearances on talk shows, ESPECIALLY with DavidLetterman.

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** Also to be expected when one watches any of their guest appearances on talk shows, ESPECIALLY with DavidLetterman.Creator/DavidLetterman.
19th Nov '16 8:01:52 PM Jeduthun
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* MemeticHandGesture: Famously, they awarded each movie they reviewed a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down. Their thumbs were in fact ''trademarked'' to prevent other shows from copying them!
18th Nov '16 7:24:14 AM speedyboris
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* {{Padding}}: Invoked when they reviewed ''Film/AceVentura When Nature Calls'':
--> '''Ebert''': Well I don't agree with you that it's better than the first ''Ace Ventura'' movie. I gave ''that'' one thumbs down, but I thought it was richer and had more incident and more characters and more plot and more stuff in it than this one, which seems ''real'' thin, as if they were really depending on Creator/JimCarrey to save the day.\\
'''Siskel''': Well there's not a whole lot here.\\
'''Ebert''': No.
8th Nov '16 12:25:45 PM speedyboris
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* EightPointEight: Invoked. Certain films received thumbs down from one or both, despite getting rave reviews from many others. Examples:
** Ebert gave ''Film/DieHard'' a thumbs down. It holds a 94% on Website/RottenTomatoes. He thought there were too many plot holes and hated the belligerent authority figures. (However, it should be noted that at some point, he seemed to come around on the film, as he liked ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' and claimed he liked the third movie about as much as the first one.)
** Siskel gave ''Film/GoldenEye'' a thumbs down. It holds an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and is regarded by some to be the best of the Creator/PierceBrosnan Bond films and a return to form for the series. Siskel thought it was a routine story, thought the only good action scene was in the first five minutes, and thought Brosnan was a mediocre Bond ("Frankly, Creator/RogerMoore has a more commanding screen presence than this guy."). [[labelnote:Note]](he did give thumbs up to ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', though)[[/labelnote]]
** While he didn't exactly hate it, Ebert gave a marginal thumbs down to ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', claiming it wasn't on par with Creator/StanleyKubrick's earlier work and finding the second half of the film a letdown. The film has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
** Ebert also didn't care for ''Film/BlueVelvet'', which holds a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. He admired the filmmaking, but hated being jerked around by [[MoodWhiplash having deadly serious scenes immediately cut to something cheerfully ironic]]. He particularly objected to a scene where Creator/IsabellaRossellini's character was naked on a character's lawn, feeling bad for the actress.
** While it doesn't have a high Rotten Tomatoes score, they gave the original ''Film/HomeAlone'', which was a box office smash, two thumbs down. They didn't care for the comic violence and didn't think it was an accurate portrayal of a kid being left alone. Interestingly, while the two never changed their vote on the show, months later they took a second look at the film to examine why they thought audiences loved it. And in their review of ''Home Alone 3'', Siskel was stunned that Ebert liked it more than the original film, and readily admitted that Macaulay Culkin was a better actor than Alex D. Linz.
*** Similarly, the duo gave thumbs down to ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', which is regarded by many as a Christmas classic nowadays.
** Siskel didn't care for ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', which has a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and which Ebert put on his [[RogerEbertGreatMoviesList list of "Great Movies"]]. He thought the film's execution was trashy, felt Creator/AnthonyHopkins overacted, and didn't feel the movie was an accurate portrayal of serial killers.
** Ebert gave ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' thumbs down, claiming it had no surprises and had a sloppy ending. It has an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
** ''Film/IndependenceDay'' was given two thumbs down; while it wasn't a resounding critical success, it was a big hit at the box office. They even re-reviewed the film after it became a success, and still disliked it, citing unmemorable characters, clichéd dialogue, and generic-looking aliens.
** Siskel disliked ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', which has an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. He thought the artwork was dull, there didn't seem to be a sense of jeopardy regarding the main character, and couldn't remember any of the songs.
** Ebert disliked the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'', which was and is held in high regard (though it registers only 70% on the Tomatometer). He liked the set design but didn't care about any of the characters and thought the film had a meanness to it, although he has mentioned multiple times since that Creator/JackNicholson's Joker is among the best comic-book film villains ever.
** Siskel didn't like ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', which has an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and is one of Richard Roeper's personal favorite films.. He thought all the scenes were done better in other movies.
** Siskel gave a marginal thumbs down to ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', which has an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and is generally regarded as an improvement over ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. Siskel didn't feel Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/SeanConnery had any chemistry, and had a sense of déjà vu from the action sequences.
** Both Siskel and Ebert revealed on a special episode ("The Movie That Made Us Critics") that they felt ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' was overrated. Ebert went so far as to claim that the film was a turkey.
** While he gave it a marginal thumbs up, Siskel wasn't all that impressed by ''Film/BoogieNights'', which has a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. He felt that the film didn't give much new insight about the porn industry and felt the film had no point.
** Roeper gave a marginal thumbs down to ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', which has a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes; he felt it had too many characters to care about, thought the film was too long and repetitive, and was turned off by the non-ending. It should be noted, however, that he gave the other two movies thumbs up and seemed to come around on the first film when viewed in the context of a full journey, not a standalone movie.
** The reverse of this trope occurs at times as well; Siskel enjoyed ''Film/{{Carnosaur}}'' for its villain and goofy plot. It holds an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. ''Film/HomeAlone 3'' was also the only one of the ''Home Alone'' films that Ebert enjoyed; it has a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes.
** Probably the most standout reverse example would be their '''two thumbs up''' to ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'', a movie considered by virtually everyone else to be one of the worst sequels of all time.[[note]]Specifically, Siskel and Ebert are the two critics responsible for giving it its 3% RT score.[[/note]]
** ''Film/MortalKombat'', which was almost universally panned critically, came oh-so-close to getting a "two thumbs up": Siskel gave it a "thumbs up" while Ebert went a "thumbs in the middle" thumbs-down, although he cited that his major issue (the film's lighting was too dark) may had been the theater's fault.
** ''Film/{{Casino}}'', which has an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, got a marginal thumbs down from Siskel, who felt it tread no new ground and that it's not Scorsese's best. Ebert was stunned at his vote.
** Perhaps the most legendary of them all, both Siskel and Ebert gave ''Film/BladeRunner'' two thumbs down when it was first released[[note]]Unfortunately for Ebert, he never saw the theatrical version - he watched a ''pan-and-scan'' tape sent to him from the studio[[/note]], a movie widely regarded as a ScienceFiction classic today and one of the most important films in the genre.[[note]]As a side note, Ebert eventually gave the 1992 Director's Cut a thumbs-up and an entry into his Great Movies collection, specially noting that seeing the film in letterbox made almost all the difference. The opening shot of LA, for example, was no longer a "postcard" but more breathtaking.[[/note]]
4th Nov '16 11:58:43 AM speedyboris
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* ConspiracyTheorist: PlayedForLaughs in the infamous outtakes. Siskel, in a very tongue-in-cheek manner, rallies against WASPs, claiming they run the country, and Ebert name-drops the "international bankers" and the Vatican.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: PlayedForLaughs in the infamous outtakes. Siskel, in a very tongue-in-cheek manner, rallies against WASPs, [=WASPs=], claiming they run the country, and Ebert name-drops the "international bankers" and the Vatican.
4th Nov '16 11:58:30 AM speedyboris
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* ConspiracyTheorist: PlayedForLaughs in the infamous outtakes. Siskel, in a very tongue-in-cheek manner, rallies against WASPs, claiming they run the country, and Ebert name-drops the "international bankers" and the Vatican.
31st Oct '16 9:35:39 AM speedyboris
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* {{Corpsing}}: Ebert, when describing the plot of ''Film/ForeverYoung''.
20th Oct '16 8:43:14 AM speedyboris
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* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: In their "Worst of 1995" show, Siskel criticized Creator/SylvesterStallone for doing ''Film/JudgeDredd'':
--> '''Siskel''': Y'know, out there, he gets $20 million a picture, what's his ''reputation'' worth?\\
'''Ebert''': Uh, worth $20 million a picture, obviously.
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