A giant among movie reviewers, the legendary critic Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70. Just this week he let it be known that his cancer had returned and that he would have to cut back on the number of movies he would review going forward, with health issues forcing him to step away from the Sun-Times where he had been employed as a critic since the mid-’60s.
The first critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, Ebert worked his way up from copy boy to movie critic at the Chicago paper, ultimately becoming one of the most-read and well-respected film critics of the past 50 years. Along with fellow Chicago critic Gene Siskel, Ebert trademarked the ‘two thumbs up’ phrase while entertaining and informing generations of movie fans with their thoughtful analysis of films on their At the Movies TV series.
It didn’t matter if you agreed with his conclusions or not, reading a review written by Ebert was always a joy because his love of film was evident in each critique. His unique voice will be greatly missed.
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