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->''"As chance would have it, I have won the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, [[Creator/RobSchneider Mr. Schneider]], [[SophisticatedAsHell your movie sucks]]."''
-->-- '''Roger Ebert''' on ''Film/DeuceBigalow: European Gigolo,'' a movie on his [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated film list.]]

[[WroteTheBook The First Troper.]]

[[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/ Roger Joseph Ebert]] (June 18, 1942 April 4, 2013) was a {{film}} critic who in his later life was probably the most famous film critic in the United States. He was the reviewer-in-chief at the ''UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Sun-Times'' from [[TheSixties 1967]] [[LongRunners until his death in 2013.]]

In 1975, Ebert teamed up with Creator/GeneSiskel, reviewer in chief at the ''Chicago Tribune'', to present a film review program called ''Opening Soon at a Theater Near You,'' the great grandfather of the VideoReviewShow, on the local Creator/{{PBS}} station. The program went to national syndication as ''Sneak Previews'' in 1978; in 1982 ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' moved to UsefulNotes/{{Syndication}} on commercial stations across America, as a new but very similar program called ''At the Movies with Siskel and Ebert'' (or vice versa). Unexpectedly, this made him one of the two most important movie critics in America. Because the show was televised, [[RuleOfPerception many more Americans saw it]] than read the reviews in the newspapers; because Ebert and Siskel had credentials in real newspapers in a major city first, and didn't review every movie favorably, they could be taken more seriously than most other movie reviewers on television. Siskel and Ebert's [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple passive aggressive chemistry]] was the stuff of legend. It was often thought that due to their occasionally hostile on-screen presence when they disagreed, that the two hated each other. However, [[VitriolicBestBuds each considered the other a close friend,]] even if their relationship was competitive by nature. In fact, in 2009 on the tenth anniversary of Siskel's death, Ebert posted a [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/02/i_remember_gene.html touching remembrance]] of his friend on his blog.

When Siskel [[AuthorExistenceFailure died in 1999,]] Ebert kept on the show with guest hosts until it was settled that it would be ''At the Movies with Ebert and Roeper,'' with ''Richard Roeper,'' another ''Chicago Sun-Times'' critic. This made him the most important living movie critic in America. The show ended in 2008 partially because his throat cancer was preventing him from doing most of the episodes for over a year and a half. (To do film reviews on television, you have to be able to speak.) Sadly, due to a few surgeries that successfully eradicated his cancer, [[TheVoiceless Ebert lost the ability to speak entirely]] and part of his lower jaw was removed. During the last few years of his life, he "spoke" through handwritten notes and a computer speech program. In 2010, a Scottish company created a voice similar to Ebert's own for him to use as his new "voice," using his DVD commentaries and other similar recordings.

In 2011, to replace the new ''At the Movies'' which had been canceled by its distributor, Ebert and his wife Chaz started their own movie review show on Creator/{{PBS}} called ''Ebert Presents at the Movies'' hosted by Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Mubi, which follows largely the same format as Ebert's other shows. Ebert himself appeared in a segment on the show called "Roger's Office" which features voice over narration (either with the help of either his new "voice," or a famous friend such as Creator/WernerHerzog or Bill Kurtis) of one of his recent reviews or musings. Ebert still wrote weekly review columns as well as a daily blog and maintained a very active Website/{{Twitter}} account, where he was still an influential force in movie criticism's new dominant medium. His last cancer "treatments" had been such tough going through that he vowed that if the cancer re-emerged, he would let it take its course; [[FaceDeathWithDignity this eventually transpired in 2013.]] His website continues to publish reviews, now written by a team of reviewers.

Ebert loved movies, and this was shown in his reviews. He was a fairly lenient critic[[note]]On [[http://www.metacritic.com/critic/roger-ebert his Metacritic profile]], his average score for the 4,069 reviews that aggregator cites is around 71 percent, nearly twelve percentage points higher than the site's average.[[/note]] who liked a range of genres. [[CausticCritic However, his wrath, when deployed, was legendary.]] He published three compilations of bad reviews: ''[[Film/{{North}} I Hated, Hated, HATED This Movie!]]'' (reviews published in 1999 and earlier), ''[[Film/DeuceBigalow Your Movie Sucks]]'' (reviews published from 2000-2006) and ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length]]'' (reviews published from 2006-2011). He printed annual compilations of his movie reviews from TheEighties onward, and wrote three books of essays about his favorite movies entitled ''The Great Movies''. These essays also available on his website in a condensed form. He also wrote Literature/EbertsGlossaryOfMovieTerms, ''Ebert's Little Movie Glossary'' and ''Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary,'' which are books of FilmTropes in ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary'' form. (An even bigger movie glossary is on his web page.) They could be considered a proto Wiki/TVTropes in a sense (and the {{Trope Namer|s}} for many).

He also maintained a column called ''The Movie Answer-Man,'' where he addressed various topics given to him by reader comments. Sometimes addressing fandom aspects like...
* {{Invoked|Trope}}: One reader comment said that a positive review of a certain film gave him HypeBacklash, while a negative review of another film [[BileFascination made him want to see it.]] Ebert's reply was that a critic's job is not to pass judgment on a particular movie, but to give the reader an impression as to whether or not they would want to see it themselves.
* Another review [[InUniverse addressed the]] UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny where one comment said that [[Franchise/XMen Wolverine would beat Storm]] in a fight because he could heal, whereas Storm would die once stabbed by Wolverine. His reply was simply a question of how could someone whose power is [[GoodThingYouCanHeal healing]] be more powerful than someone who can ''[[ElementalPowers control the elements.]]''

He was one of the great proponents of film preservation, letterboxing (back when most televisions were square and most movies in theaters weren't), and giving credit to directors and screenwriters; he probably helped make these issues important. Also a proponent of seeing films ''in'' theaters, but he accepted modern viewing habits enough to write UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} reviews. He did a few [[DVDCommentary audio commentaries]] notably ones for two of his all-time favorite films, ''Film/CitizenKane'' and ''Film/DarkCity,'' which have appeared on most releases of those films on DVD. He was also a master at uncovering the FreezeFrameBonus -- for years, he would spend a week at the University of Colorado's World Affairs Conference dissecting a film frame-by-frame with an audience's help to reveal small details.

He was one of the major opponents to Colorization. He often liked DeliberatelyMonochrome films, and ones that were monochrome because of when they were made, because of the light and shadow effects. Ebert also protested censorship in the name of AvoidTheDreadedGRating or avoiding the dreaded X/NC-17 rating. He advocated for years for a properly trademarked '''A''' rating to replace X since that sounds more respectable, and basically called out the MPAA for trying to [[MediaWatchdog enforce American morality]] from behind the veneer of arbitrary letterings. (He'd hoped NC-17 would become a respectable alternative, and was disappointed when it didn't, thanks in no small part to the failure of ''Film/{{Showgirls}}.'') He was critical of what he saw as an overuse of 3D technology in movies.

He was screenwriter for a CultClassic film, ''Film/BeyondTheValleyOfTheDolls.'' Since that film was released in 1970, this hasn't affected his stature as a critic much. [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19700101/REVIEWS/708110301/1023 He made fun of it himself, but said he was proud of it regardless.]]

He gained a bit of flak from the gamer community when [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/04/video_games_can_never_be_art.html he declared video games not to be an art form,]] but [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130122081546/http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/07/okay_kids_play_on_my_lawn.html he eventually came around]] and at least decided he's not in a position to judge them (although, despite popular opinion to the contrary, he has been known to play them). Despite that episode, he was considered as the most OneOfUs of major critics, as he admired [[{{Anime}} Japanese animated film]] and had an incredible knowledge of science fiction, which was among his favorite genres. While he claimed ignorance to a lot of TV shows due to his heavy schedule of writing and watching films, he found time to become a fan of the WWE (having found a fascination with wrestling after viewing ''Film/BeyondTheMat''), ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender.'' (During their 1979 review of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture,'' Gene suggested that he might not have cared about the characters since he wasn't a fan of the show. Roger said that he WAS a fan and he didn't care about them as presented in this film). Heck, he even gave WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic his due after seeing his tribute video to Siskel and him via a Twitter message (Nostalgia Critic creator Creator/DougWalker was so thrilled, he printed and framed it). Ebert also had a fondness of other film analysis and criticism, such as Tim Dirk's Filmsite.org (which Ebert frequently quoted) and WebVideo/RedLetterMedia; of the ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' review, Ebert stated: "I was pretty much sure I didn't have it with me to endure another review of [''Revenge of the Sith.''] Mr. Plinkett demonstrates to me that I was mistaken." This is especially interesting considering that said review criticized critics, specifically naming Ebert, who gave a free pass to Creator/GeorgeLucas based on prior successes and not his recent output of work.

All his reviews are available on his website. The website of his 2011 show can be found [[http://www.ebertpresents.com/ here]] and there's an archive of the old ''Siskel & Ebert'' episodes [[http://siskelandebert.org/ here.]] His own life was brought to the screen in the 2014 documentary ''Film/LifeItself.''

Ebert's final public statement, in a blog post titled "[[http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/a-leave-of-presence A leave of presence,]]" was: "I'll see you at the movies." Thumbs up.
!!Films he really liked:

* RogerEbertGreatMoviesList

!!Films he really hated:

* RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList

!! TropeNamer for:

* FruitCart
* HyperlinkStory
* [[invoked]]IdiotPlot

!! Tropes used or discussed in Ebert's works:

* [[invoked]]EightPointEight:
** One of only two critics to like ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'' (the other being Gene Siskel) on Website/RottenTomatoes and the only one not to like ''Film/{{Brazil}}''. Additionally, he gave ''Film/TheGodfather, Part II'' three stars, his lowest "good movie" rating, but later included it on his list of Great Movies, though while still standing by his original rating.
** On the other hand, to an aspiring indie director who was disheartened because of a negative review his previous film had received (not from Ebert), he [[http://www.rogerebert.com/answer-man/why-did-the-chicken-cross-the-genders pointed out]] that the film's average Website/IMDb rating of 8.8 actually gave it a higher overall score than such films as ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' (8.6) and ''Film/StarWars'' (8.7). Ebert encouraged him to consider that maybe 8.8 wasn't so bad after all.
* AnimationAgeGhetto:[[invoked]] Highly disliked it.
--> From his review of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'': ''"This is clearly one of the year's best films. Every time an animated film is successful, you have to read all over again about how animation isn't 'just for children' but 'for the whole family,' and 'even for adults going on their own.' No kidding!"''
* BigAnimeEyes: [[https://youtu.be/_9WEyuMq0Yk?t=161 Here]]'s what Ebert has to say about anime eyes.
* BrokeTheRatingScale:
** Ebert occasionally gave out zero-star ratings. These differed from his occasional "no-star rating" ratings in that to earn zero stars, a movie had to be (1) bad and (2) offend his moral sensibilities in some way, while a no-star rating means that the film is bizarre in some way such that he feels he can't properly assess the quality of the film. This is why ''Film/TheHumanCentipede II'' got zero stars (as opposed to the first movie, which got no rating) and why [[Film/DeathRace2000 the original version]] of ''Death Race'' got zero stars vs. [[Film/DeathRace the remake]]'s half-star even though Ebert admitted that he felt the former was more competently made.
** He sometimes didn't give a rating at all.
** From [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19970411/REVIEWS/704110304/1023 his review]] of ''Film/PinkFlamingos'':
--->'''Ebert:''' Note: I am not giving a star rating to ''Pink Flamingos'', because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object.
*** In [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100505/REVIEWS/100509982 his review]] of ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'', he was more explicit in his refusal:
--->'''Ebert:''' I am required to award stars to movies I review. This time, I refuse to do it. The star rating system is unsuited to this film. Is the movie good? Is it bad? Does it matter? It is what it is and occupies a world [[StealthPun where the stars don't shine]].
* CatchPhrase: "See you at the movies." It was also his sign-off words for [[FamousLastWords his last essay]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Ebert frequently referenced a reader who once wrote him that he enjoyed ''Film/TheThirdMan'', except for the zither music, apparently missing the film's deliberate SoundtrackDissonance.
* DeadpanSnarker: His sarcasm could be particularly sharp.
* {{Dissimile}}: "'''Film/CharliesAngels'' is like the trailer for a video game movie, lacking only the video game, and the movie."
* FourPointScale: Following the Sun-Times editorial policy, Ebert assigned his movie reviews four-star ratings, but often commented on the limitations of the system, such as in his blog post "[[http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/you-give-out-too-many-stars You Give Out Too Many Stars]]." He notes that his reviews do tend to skew positive, and that he considered 2.5 stars to be a pan. He also wrote a lengthy series of appreciations of [[RogerEbertGreatMoviesList Great Movies]], all of which were given four stars. That said, he [[CausticCritic never hesitated to award low marks]] to [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList bad movies]], though for one to earn ''zero'' stars, he had to consider it [[SoBadItsHorrible not just bad but somehow immoral]].
%%* GuiltyPleasure: How he felt about Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan.
* InsultToRocks:
** Ebert's review for Tom Green's ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'' is as follows:
-->"This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels."
** And ''A Lot Like Love'': "To call ''A Lot Like Love'' dead in the water is an insult to water."
** And ''Film/TheSpirit'': "To call the characters cardboard is to insult a useful packing material."
** And, of course, ''Film/TheVillage'': "Eventually the secret of Those, etc., is revealed. To call it an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes."
** Of ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'', he said: "Here's a science-fiction film that's an insult to the words 'science' and 'fiction,' [[ExaggeratedTrope and the hyphen in between them]]."
** His ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' review reads: "To say ''G.I. Joe: Retaliation'' is a video game for the big screen is to insult a number of video games that are far more creative, challenging and better-looking." Mr. Ebert never was a fan of video games, either.
* LetsSeeYOUDoBetter:
** The best known example of Ebert's law that actually involves Ebert himself comes from a [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050811/REVIEWS/50725001/1023 review]] of ''Film/DeuceBigalow: European Gigolo''. Star Creator/RobSchneider took offense to an article by Patrick Goldstein of the ''UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Times'', pointing out that several major studios turned down the chance to finance the year's Best Picture nominees while financing a sequel to a crude sex comedy. After reading it, he took out a full-page ad in the ''Hollywood Reporter'' and called Goldstein a "hack" because he had never won a Pulitzer Prize. In Ebert's review of the film, he taunted Schneider and said that he himself actually ''did'' win the Pulitzer, and thus by Schnider's criteria he was fully qualified to tell Schneider that "your movie sucks". The story took an [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments unexpected]] turn after several back-and-forth barbs in the press. After one of Ebert's cancer surgeries, Schneider sent Ebert flowers and a "get well" card signed "Your Least Favorite Movie Star, Creator/RobSchneider". Ebert conceded that while Schneider may make bad movies, he's a good man. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Aww]].
** Roger Ebert himself is an InvertedTrope of this; he's a revered, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, [[Film/BeyondTheValleyOfTheDolls but his actual filmography]] [[SoBadItsGood is something else]].
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed:
-->"I am informed that 5,000 cockroaches were used in the filming of ''Film/JoesApartment.'' That depresses me, but not as much as the news that none of them were harmed during the production."
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: In his review of the movie ''Leaves of Grass'', he calls it "the most intelligent, philosophical and poetic film I can imagine that involves five murders in the marijuana-dealing community of Oklahoma and includes John Prine singing 'Illegal Smile.'"
%%* PaddleballShot: He cited this gimmick as one reason he disliked [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie 3-D Movies]].
* PoesLaw:
** Ebert admitted that the paradox is true of ''all'' satire, to some extent. In order to poke fun at something, you first have to play it straight, and unless you [[{{Anvilicious}} beat your audience over the head with the point]] that you really don't agree with what you're depicting, there's always going to be someone who takes you seriously.
** Ebert went political and wrote a [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080921/COMMENTARY/809219997/-1/RSS blog post]] giving a statement of creationist beliefs, with the intention of making a point about people's inability to recognize irony. While many people did see the satire, a significant number of readers either thought he was being serious or assumed the site had been hacked. PZ Myers [[http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/09/there_is_such_a_thing_as_bad_s.php criticized]] the article, pointing out that when there are so many people making the same claims without irony, the joke becomes undetectable to anyone who doesn't already know Ebert's stance on the issue.
** Ebert records in his biography that after producing ''Film/BeyondTheValleyOfTheDolls'', an infamously over-the-top parody of sexploitation films, he and Russ Meyer met the Music/SexPistols, and were nonplussed when Johnny Rotten said he admired the film because it was ''so true to life''.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Was very much not a fan. When an audience member at a screening of ''Film/BetterLuckTomorrow'' asked director Justin Lin if it was irresponsible of him to portray other Asian-Americans in such a negative light, Ebert angrily stood up and said (paraphrased) "Nobody would say to a bunch of white filmmakers, '[[CondescendingCompassion How could you do this to your people?]]'"
* QuotesFitForATrailer: Ebert observed in ''Literature/EbertsGlossaryOfMovieTerms'' that this is apparently the only reason a character ever exclaims "This just keeps getting better and better!"
* RantInducingSlight: Filmmakers invoking NotScreenedForCritics as a ''[[ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars defense]]'' of their work was a sore point for Ebert. Ebert's responses to Creator/KevinSmith and Creator/RobSchneider are two classic examples of this, and from 2005 to 2006, he instituted the "Wagging Finger Of Shame" for all movies that were not screened for critics (It was discontinued when Ebert realized Hollywood wasn't taking the "Wagging Finger Of Shame" seriously.)
* RealityIsUnrealistic:
** When reviewing the 1998 remake of ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' he complained of the evident electronically tweaked voice of the cop to make it sound unusually deep for effect. After someone wrote to him in the "Questions for the Movie Answer Man" column correcting him, he had to add a footnote to later versions of the review saying "I was wrong: that's Creator/JamesRemar's real voice."
** His original review of ''Film/WalkTheLine'' was under the impression that a) Joaquin Phoenix was lip-synching to Johnny Cash's music, as he felt it was too uncanny to be Phoenix and b) Johnny Cash proposing to June Carter mid-song was a Hollywood fabrication, although one that Ebert liked anyway. To his astonishment, he learned through the credits that Phoenix did indeed do his own singing, and through responses to the Movie Answer Man, that Cash proposed to Carter as depicted in the film, which was then amended in the review.
** In his [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/heavens-gate-1981 scathing review]] of notorious flop ''Film/HeavensGate'', he calls out as ridiculous the scene where Creator/ChristopherWalken's character, trapped in a burning cabin that's under siege by the bad guys, writes a farewell letter to his friends. While ''Heaven's Gate'' was a heavily fictionalized version of the "Johnson County War", this scene actually happened in RealLife.
* ReviewIronicEcho: He sometimes used the dialogue or title from a movie against them when he '''really''' disliked it.
** "'This sucks on so many levels.' -- Dialogue from ''Film/JasonX''. Rare for a movie to so frankly describe itself."
** From his review of ''Film/TheLastAirbender'': [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100630/REVIEWS/100639999 review]]: "I close with the hope that the title proves prophetic."
** "''Dear God'' is the kind of movie where you walk out repeating the title."
** "All I want for Christmas is to never see ''All I Want for Christmas'' again."
** "Oh no, not ''Film/YouAgain''."
** "I know this all sounds so stupid and offensive and unbelievably amateurish that it's hard to believe, but... ''[[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/why-would-i-lie-1980 Why Would I Lie]]''?
* SciFiGhetto:[[invoked]] Disliked this view, especially as a fervent fan of the genre; he noted that he reviewed movies based on both their artistic worth and how much he thought their intended audience would enjoy them.
* SceneryPorn: Ebert was willing to give high scores to movies solely for being visually impressive and creative, even if their stories may be lacking. Examples include ''Film/{{TRON}}'', ''Film/TheMatrix'', and ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'', the latter of which he stated in the review how much he loves this trope:
-->''I have a love of astonishing sights, of films that show me landscapes and cityscapes that exist only in the imagination.''
* SelfDeprecation: At a tribute to the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko, Ebert gamely read [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5vGBnrcjdQ Royko's snarky review]] of Ebert's screenplay for ''Film/BeyondTheValleyOfTheDolls''.
* SmokingIsCool: As he put it in his commentary for ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', "I don't approve of smoking, except in the movies". (He was referring to their effectiveness in providing a sense of action during "quiet" moments of characters talking or thinking.)
* SoBadItsGood: He gave movies like this 1-star, as opposed to zero-star ratings, which he reserved for films either [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible so bad they were terrible]] or which morally offended him with racism or voyeuristic violence. This means [[http://www.listal.com/list/roger-eberts-zero-stars-ratings his shit-list of films]] given ''zero''-stars is not as fun to watch as you might think, since it is composed almost entirely of truly awful films mixed with soul-destroying {{Gorn}}.[[invoked]]
* SophisticatedAsHell: Despite his somewhat highbrow image, he could mix it up with lowbrow language. See the page quotation, for instance.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: [[invoked]] Ebert's [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030221/REVIEWS/302210304/1023 review]] of ''Film/TheLifeOfDavidGale'', which is a different type of this trope wherein the movie's central characters go ''so ridiculously far'' to show that their position is right, you cannot help but be disgusted with them. He also provides the page quotation for this trope, referring to ''Film/IAmSam''.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: As indicated by his evisceration of the likes of ''Film/Robocop2'' and ''Film/KickAss'', Ebert despised films that turned children into psychopaths or gleeful killers.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Creator/GeneSiskel, which was a big part of what made [[Series/SiskelAndEbert their eponymous show]] so enjoyable to watch. See [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUMZjy8rXE4 these outtakes]] for instance. In [[http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/siskel-and-ebert-at-the-jugular this blog post]] Ebert reminisces fondly on how much they enjoyed insulting each other. After a while they practically became LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
-->'''Siskel:''' [Ebert] may be an asshole, but he's ''my'' asshole.
* VolleyingInsults: A war of words erupted between ''Film/TheBrownBunny'' director Creator/VincentGallo and Ebert, with Ebert writing that ''The Brown Bunny'' was the worst film in the history of Cannes, and Gallo retorting by calling Ebert a "fat pig with the physique of a slave trader." Ebert then responded, paraphrasing a statement attributed to UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill: "One day I will be thin, but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of ''The Brown Bunny''." Gallo then claimed to have put a hex on Ebert's colon, cursing the critic with cancer. Ebert then replied that [[InsultToRocks watching a video of his colonoscopy]] had been more entertaining than watching ''The Brown Bunny.'' [[note]] It should be noted here that Gallo went and re-edited ''The Brown Bunny''; Ebert's review of the revision is a complete 180-degree switch in tone, proclaiming that Gallo's editing made ''The Brown Bunny'' a totally different, and better film. Ebert even went so far as to say he was glad he saw the original cut, as flawed as he thought it was, so he was able to better appreciate the revised edition. [[/note]]
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: "I know full well I'm expected to Suspend My Disbelief. Unfortunately, my disbelief is very heavy, and during ''Film/OceansThirteen'', the suspension cable snapped."
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: He noted with amusement in [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/never-been-kissed-1999 his review]] of ''Film/NeverBeenKissed'' that the film's portrayal of journalists at the Chicago Sun-Times wasn't entirely accurate:
--> "Josie's adventures in high school are monitored at the Sun-Times through a remarkable invention, a brooch that contains a miniature TV camera and transmits everything she sees back to the office. We do not actually have such technology at the Sun-Times, and thank heavens, or my editors would have had to suffer through "Film/BabyGeniuses.'' [...] Apparently at both papers the way to get a big salary and an office is to devote thousands of dollars and weeks of time to an assignment where you hardly ever write anything."
--> ''"...And until next time, the balcony is closed."''