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Critics you respect apart from James 
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Aside from the Berardinelli and Ebert, I find Peter Travers to be pretty useful.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:34 pm
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I love to read the NYTimes Manohla Dargis. Don't always agree with her, but she is one hell of a writer.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:35 pm
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I've learned and discovered more from Ebert's writing than anyone else without question. Yes, lately his reviews have been unpopular, but they're always intelligent and well thought out. I had the opportunity to meet him at a book signing in November and was floored by the experience. I'll hopefully be seeing him again in April as I have a festival pass for Ebertfest!

Outside of Ebert and James, I like Michael Philips a lot. Sometimes his reviews try to be more witty than insightful, but they're always entertaining nonetheless. A.O. Scott is also very good.

Lately, i've been reading Ty Burr. Him and Wesley Morris (who i'm not huge on) do an online show called "Take 2" that's actually quite entertaining.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:10 pm
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Has any ever read Ray Carneys work?


Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:42 am
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ed_metal_head wrote:
I love to read the NYTimes Manohla Dargis. Don't always agree with her, but she is one hell of a writer.


100% agree. She is a wonderful writer. I think she was with the LA Times previously.
Welcome to the forum!
Rob


Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:03 am
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James and Roger are my favourites.

Does anyone know if Roger is ever gonna get his speaking voice back?


Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:32 am
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Definitely Roger Ebert and.......Ben Lyons-the guy that co-hosts "At the Movies."
(Just kidding on that last one)
I'm kind of stumped because James mentions he enjoys public speaking but, while not exactly the same, he turned down an audition to co-host "At the Movies."
Did he/you really? And why? I think James would have been great as a host and "At the Movies" would not be suffering its lack of credibility among movie fans and critics if he were there instead of Lyons.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:59 am
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I go for Dhargis and Ebert. I stay away from A.O. Scott because I think that he sometimes includes spoilers in reviews of movies that he doesn't like. Less regulary, I read Dave Kehr, David Bordwell, Rosenbaum, Michael Wilmington, and Michael Atkinson. Also, I recently subscribed to Sight & Sound.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:07 pm
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Aside from James, whose opinion I respect tremendously...

Roger Ebert - I don't visit his site regularly but he's a great writer. I remember walking into a bookstore in Park City some years ago and running into him out of the blue. After the small talk we had and the signed book I got, I respect the man a lot.

JoBlo - Reviews from the perspective of an ordinary movie fan, the site itself is pretty fun and I visit it every day. What sucks is that he barely writes reviews anymore (because of health reasons, I believe) and the guys picking up the slack aren't quite as fun to read.

Dustin Putnam - I NEVER agree with him, and I do think he's way too harsh in his ratings, but the writing's pretty good.

Mary Ann Johansson - She's just fun to read and has a very unique perspective on films.

That's about it. In fact, if anyone has any recommendations on what critics are worth reading, or books about film criticism, I'd appreciate it very much... I'm a critic myself and trying to brush up on my writing.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:33 pm
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neco82 wrote:

JoBlo - Reviews from the perspective of an ordinary movie fan, the site itself is pretty fun and I visit it every day. What sucks is that he barely writes reviews anymore (because of health reasons, I believe) and the guys picking up the slack aren't quite as fun to read.


I think JimmyO is a much better reviewer than JoBlo and I liked reading his reviews cause he's the only one who's not a condescending ass *glares at Arrow, Chris Bumbay and JoBlo*


Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:11 pm
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I have read reviews of many critics (or reviewers) but Ebert is the only one I read regularly. Sometimes A.O. Scott as well. But I have some problem with the page design. I don't remeber if it is ads but I know that there is too much besides the actual text and that annoys me a bit. Oh, Todd McCarthy sometimes too. I like his page more. :p Is it me or do James' reviews have the most standard structure? I mean, I think he is the only one who has strict disciplines when it comes to writing a review. When I don't care to read about the plot, I read the first and last paragraph. When I'm only interested in learning what he thought about the performances I read the penultimate (if that means the second from the end) paragraph (or the third from the end, I'm not sure that is standard). I like that style. I think it suits his way of thinking. It might not work for Ebert.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:28 pm
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Roger Ebert

David Ansen(Newsweek)

Scott Renshaw - Haven't heard from him in a long while-I believe he cut down his workload b/c he started a family. James-have you heard from him recently?

The guy who runs A Guide to Current Film(DVD reviews) - His first name is Aaron(forgot his last name). Nice guy, from Chicago like Ebert, and writes very in-depth DVD reviews.

Erik Childress(aka Erik the Movieman) - Like Ebert, Chicago guy. His reviews are always a very interesting read.

Kenneth Turan(LA Times) - A VERY tough critic to please, which is why I tend to trust these guy's opinions more.

Rex Reed - OK this guy is not only an attention getter oddball, but he sucks as a critic. However-he's really entertaining just to listen to.

Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwartzbaum(Entertainment Weekly)


Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:40 am
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It used to be Roger Ebert and James Berardinelli for me. However, IMO, Ebert has lost his fastball. To me it is almost as if someone is writing reviews using his name. I miss the old Ebert. I still read Ebert, but more out of habit than really looking forward to his reviews. Berardinelli is #1 for me now.

I also read Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com, Dustin Putnam (movieboy.com), Manohla Dargis (NY Times), A.O. Scott (NY Times), David Poland (moviecitynews.com) when he writes reviews, Drew McWeeny (hitfix.com), and Capone (AICN).


Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:06 am
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Ebert of course. Though i do have a soft spot for Ruthless Reviews.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:54 am
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James was the first I regularly followed, and the only I regularly followed for a few years since I began reviewing myself back in '99 (I've stopped now, but I still read all kinds of reviews regularly). My other stops on the 'Net are:

FilmFreakCentral, where you'll find Walter Chaw, Bill Chambers, Ian Pugh and Alex Jackson among others. All good writers though Chaw tends to stand out most of the time.

Ebert, but only occasionally. My favourite reviews of his include Star Trek: Nemesis, Batman Returns ("superheroes and film noir don't go together") and Quantum Of Solace ("James Bond is NOT an action hero!"). I also credit him for being one of the few not to drool over The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. (Sorry, James... it gave film fans an epic rush at the time, but now that LotR mania has calmed down, who really talks or thinks about it now?)

Cosmo Landesman of The Sunday Times, for being controversial. 2/5 for Casino Royale '06, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight?

Mark Kermode, for the reasons some of you have mentioned.

Re: other writers and directors...

I used to stop by Ray Carney's page, but his elitism became too much. Josh Becker's Q and A is also worth a visit.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:57 am
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TunaFanForever wrote:
Roger Ebert

David Ansen(Newsweek)

Scott Renshaw - Haven't heard from him in a long while-I believe he cut down his workload b/c he started a family. James-have you heard from him recently?

The guy who runs A Guide to Current Film(DVD reviews) - His first name is Aaron(forgot his last name). Nice guy, from Chicago like Ebert, and writes very in-depth DVD reviews.

Erik Childress(aka Erik the Movieman) - Like Ebert, Chicago guy. His reviews are always a very interesting read.

Kenneth Turan(LA Times) - A VERY tough critic to please, which is why I tend to trust these guy's opinions more.

Rex Reed - OK this guy is not only an attention getter oddball, but he sucks as a critic. However-he's really entertaining just to listen to.

Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwartzbaum(Entertainment Weekly)


Did you read Rex Reed's review of The Dark Knight? He didn't know why the Joker was introduced in it, as we'd already seen the Joker introduced in Batman.

:roll:.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:53 am
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It is a tough question for me, because I read way more critics than I respect- they just happen to be in the publications I read.

Some ones that I enjoy:

Roger Ebert-Chicago Sun-Times
Peter Travers- Rolling Stone
Stephen Whitty- New Jersey Star Ledger
Manhola Dargis- New York Times
A.O Scott- New York Times
Joe Neumaier- New York Daily News
Lou Lumerick- New York Post
David Denby- New Yorker
Anthony Lane- New Yorker


Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:09 am
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James (of course), Ebert and Kermode. Kermode is passionate and funny.

I used to follow Chris Dunkley when he wrote for the FT - I still read Nigel Andrews at the FT now and again.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:36 am
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Glaswegian wrote:
James (of course), Ebert and Kermode. Kermode is passionate and funny.

I used to follow Chris Dunkley when he wrote for the FT - I still read Nigel Andrews at the FT now and again.


James is one of the critics you respect apart from James?

:lol:.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:01 pm
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JamesBond007 wrote:
Glaswegian wrote:
James (of course), Ebert and Kermode. Kermode is passionate and funny.

I used to follow Chris Dunkley when he wrote for the FT - I still read Nigel Andrews at the FT now and again.


James is one of the critics you respect apart from James?

:lol:.

He's obviosuly referring to the other James. In between having car chases and escaping melting ice castles, James Bond has plenty of time to sit down and write out elegant movie reviews. :P


Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:29 pm
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