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Blockbusters run the mainstream industry. We may never again have a decade like the 1970s, when directors were able to find such freedom. -- Roger Ebert
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Sometimes two people will regard each other over a gulf too wide to ever be bridged, and know immediately what could have happened, and that it never will. -- Roger Ebert
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I'd rather be called a N*gger than a Slave. -- Roger Ebert
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By going to the movies, and because of other things, too, going to college, making a wide variety of friends, moving around traveling, I became a lot more open-minded than the heritage I was born into might have suggested. -- Roger Ebert
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Oh, here comes Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny and Jimmy Smits! -- Roger Ebert
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Many people believe the names of In 'n Out and Steak 'n Shake perfectly describe the contrast in bedroom techniques between the coast and the heartland. -- Roger Ebert
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A remarkable documentary that's also one of the most beautiful nature films I've seen. -- Roger Ebert
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I am proudly a liberal. I am also patriotic, reasonable, pro-American, and stand for family values. -- Roger Ebert
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It is comforting to think that we can love so powerfully that fate itself wheels and turns at the command of our souls. -- Roger Ebert
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Socrates told us, "the unexamined life is not worth living." I think he's calling for curiosity, more than knowledge. In every human society at all times and at all levels, the curious are at the leading edge. -- Roger Ebert
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The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can't change your mind, because God sure isn't going to change His. -- Roger Ebert
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If you pay attention to the movies they will tell you what people desire and fear. Movies are hardly ever about what they seem to be about. Look at a movie that a lot of people love, and you will find something profound, no matter how silly the film may be. -- Roger Ebert
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We must try to contribute joy to the world. -- Roger Ebert
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3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood's current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches. -- Roger Ebert
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The ability of an audience to enter into the narrative arc of a movie is being lost; do today's audiences have the patience to wait for Harry Lime in The Third Man? -- Roger Ebert
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We exist to have our wealth moved up the economic chain out of our reach. -- Roger Ebert
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I remember when a Coke came in a six-ounce bottle, and delicious it was. Now it comes in sizes so big that I question how the human bladder can deal with the intake. -- Roger Ebert
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As a child I simply did not notice whether a movie was in color or not. The movies themselves were such an overwhelming mystery that if they wanted to be in black and white, that was their business. -- Roger Ebert
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Fight Club is a thrill ride masquerading as philosophy - the kind of ride where some people puke and others can't wait to get on again. -- Roger Ebert
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I stopped taking notes on my Palm Pilot and started playing the little chess game. -- Roger Ebert
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What every human being should do is eat a vegetarian diet based on whole foods. Period. That's it. Animal protein is bad for you. Dairy is bad for you. Forget the ads: Milk and eggs are bad for you. -- Roger Ebert
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I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. -- Roger Ebert
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If your religion doesn't respect the rights of other religions, it is lacking something. -- Roger Ebert
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It is human nature to look away from illness. We don't enjoy a reminder of our own fragile mortality. That's why writing on the Internet has become a life-saver for me. My ability to think and write have not been affected. And on the Web, my real voice finds expression. -- Roger Ebert
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Jane Austen wrote six of the most beloved novels in the English language, we are informed at the end of Becoming Jane, and so she did. The key word is beloved. Her admirers do not analyze her books so much as they just plain love them to pieces. -- Roger Ebert
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If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination. -- Roger Ebert
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It is reckless to make broad generalizations about any group of people. -- Roger Ebert
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The screenplay is so well-written in a scruffy, fanzine way that you want to rub noses in it - the noses of those zombie writers who take 'screenwriting' classes that teach them the formulas for 'hit films.' -- Roger Ebert
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A truly strong woman will choose a stong man who disagrees with her over a weak one who goes along. -- Roger Ebert
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Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash. My stock response is Ebert's Law, which reads: A movie is not about what it is about. It is about how it is about it. -- Roger Ebert
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There's something depressing about a young couple helplessly in love. Their state is so perfect, it must be doomed. They project such qualities on their lover that only disappointment can follow. -- Roger Ebert
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Show me a sexual practice that involves ice cubes and hot sauce, and I will show you a sexual practice that would be improved without them. -- Roger Ebert
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Start. Don't look back. If at the end it doesn't meet your hopes, start again. Now you know more about your hopes. -- Roger Ebert
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When we're discussing who to invite to a dinner party, my wife Chaz and I sometimes use the shorthand, 'good value for money,' which indicates guests expected to be entertaining. -- Roger Ebert
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The buried code of many American films has become: If I kill you, I have won and you have lost. The instinctive ethical code of traditional Hollywood, the code by which characters like James Stewart, John Wayne and Henry Fonda lived, has been lost. -- Roger Ebert
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It's funny that there was so much disturbance about having a Catholic in the White House with Kennedy, and when we finally get a religion in the White House that's causing a lot of conflicts, and concerns, and disturbances for a lot of people, it's in the Bush Administration. -- Roger Ebert
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I have always had my doubts about any form of divine intervention in sports contests. The power of prayer may be remarkable in many other arenas, but why should God want my team to win instead of the other side? Isn't it insulting to request God to even take an interest in baseball? -- Roger Ebert
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That's how I gained a lifelong fondness for repeating certain phrases beyond the point of all reason. -- Roger Ebert
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When I am writing, my problems become invisible and I am the same person I always was. All is well. I am as I should be. -- Roger Ebert
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A few actresses have all but set up shop as women of a certain age who attract younger lovers. I think of Susan Sarandon, Cameron Diaz and Isabelle Huppert. -- Roger Ebert
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There are often lists of the great living male movie stars. How often do you see the name of Nicolas Cage? He should always be up there. He's daring and fearless in his choice of roles, and unafraid to crawl out on a limb, saw it off and remain suspended in air. -- Roger Ebert
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The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. -- Roger Ebert
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There is a movie called Fargo playing right now. It is a masterpiece. Go see it. If you, under any circumstances, see Little Indian, Big City, I will never let you read one of my reviews again. -- Roger Ebert
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Films like Fargo are why I love the movies. -- Roger Ebert
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To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out. -- Roger Ebert
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What in the world is a leave of presence? It means I am not going away, -- Roger Ebert
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If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn't. -- Roger Ebert
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I am utterly bored by celebrity interviews. Most celebrities are devoid of interest. -- Roger Ebert
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Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born. It immediately becomes more than a series of events and is transformed into a world with its own rules, in which everything is driven by emotions and desires as convincing as they are magical. -- Roger Ebert
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I've never found kicks to the groin particularly funny, although recent work in the genre of the buddy movie suggests audience research must prove me wrong. -- Roger Ebert
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I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear -- Roger Ebert
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What's sad about not eating is the experience, whether at a family reunion or at midnight by yourself in a greasy spoon under the L tracks. The loss of dining, not the loss of food. -- Roger Ebert
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In Blue Crush , we meet three Hawaiian surfers who work as hotel maids, live in a grotty rental, and are raising the kid sister of one of them. Despite this near-poverty, they look great; there is nothing like a tan and a bikini to overcome class distinctions. -- Roger Ebert
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Never marry someone who doesn't love the movies you love. Sooner or later, that person will not love you. -- Roger Ebert
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Jacques Tati is the great philosophical tinkerer of comedy, taking meticulous care to arrange his films so that they unfold in a series of revelations and effortless delights. -- Roger Ebert
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Valentines Day is being marketed as a Date Movie. I think its more of a First-Date Movie. If your date likes it, do not date that person again. And if you like it, there may not be a second date. -- Roger Ebert
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I know aliens from other worlds are required to arrive in New Mexico, but why stay there? -- Roger Ebert
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There are two things you can't argue in film: comedy and eroticism. If something doesn't make you laugh, no one can tell you why it's funny, and it's difficult to reason someone out of an erection. -- Roger Ebert
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Last year, I reviewed a nine-hour documentary about the lives of Mongolian yak herdsmen, and I would rather see it again than sit through The Frighteners. -- Roger Ebert
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Battlefield Earth is like taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It's not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way. -- Roger Ebert
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Many really good films allow us to empathize with other lives. -- Roger Ebert
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When I had been a film critic for ten minutes, I treated Doris Day as a target for cheap shots. I have learned enough to say today that the woman was remarkably gifted. -- Roger Ebert
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One, don't wait for inspiration, just start the damned thing. Two, once you begin, keep on until the end. How do you know how the story should begin until you find out where it's going? -- Roger Ebert
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Going to see Godzilla at the Palais of the Cannes Film Festival is like attending a satanic ritual in St. Peter's Basilica. -- Roger Ebert
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Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. -- Roger Ebert
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It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it. -- Roger Ebert
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We don't have a lot of class-conscious filmmaking. -- Roger Ebert
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I was born inside the movie of my life. The visuals were before me, the audio surrounded me, the plot unfolded inevitably but not necessarily. I don't remember how I got into the movie, but it continues to entertain me. -- Roger Ebert
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In the world of acting, many are thin but few are talented. -- Roger Ebert
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Open-heart surgery is now part of a typical life experience for many people. Folks talk casually about 'having a stent put in,' as if they had their tires rotated. -- Roger Ebert
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Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you've never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius. -- Roger Ebert
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Because of the rush of human knowledge, because of the digital revolution, I have a voice, and I do not need to scream. -- Roger Ebert
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Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' is a magnificent science-fiction film, all the more intriguing because it raises questions about the origin of human life and doesn't have the answers. -- Roger Ebert
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Anyone who reads advice books about romance has one problem to begin with: bad taste in literature. -- Roger Ebert
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Life always has an unhappy ending, but you can have a lot of fun along the way, and everything doesn't have to be dripping in deep significance. -- Roger Ebert
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It's strange: We leave the movie having enjoyed its conclusion so much that we almost forgot our earlier reservations. But they were there, and they were real. -- Roger Ebert
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Horror fans are a particular breed. They analyze films with such detail and expertise that I am reminded of the Canadian literary critic Northrup Frye, who approached literature with similar archetypal analysis. -- Roger Ebert
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There must be something deep within our memory as a species that is pleased by being able to look at what is making us warm. -- Roger Ebert
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(Guy) Pearce, as the hero, makes the mistake of trying to give a good and realistic performance. (Jeremy) Irons at least knows what kind of movie he's in, and hams it up accordingly. -- Roger Ebert
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Only enormously talented people could have made Death to Smoochy . Those with lesser gifts would have lacked the nerve to make a film so bad, so miscalculated, so lacking any connection with any possible audience. -- Roger Ebert
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Now I see that all relationships are virtual, even those that take place in person. Whether we use our bodies or a keyboard, it all comes down to two minds crying out from their solitude. -- Roger Ebert
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Who was the real Hitchcock? I interviewed him once and haven't a clue. -- Roger Ebert
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What a terrible thing it would be to be the Pope! What unthinkable responsibilities to fall on your shoulders at an advanced age! No privacy. No seclusion. No sin. -- Roger Ebert
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I have no fear of death. We all die. I consider my remaining days to be like money in the bank. When it is all gone, I will be repossessed. -- Roger Ebert
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My favorite love scenes in movies don't involve passion, they involve nobility or sacrifice. -- Roger Ebert
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It is all very well and good for Linda Lovelace, the star of the movie, to advocate sexual freedom; but the energy she brings to her role is less awesome than discouraging. If you have to work this hard at sexual freedom, maybe it isn't worth the effort. -- Roger Ebert
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I like smart movies about smart people, and enjoy it when most of the facts are on the table and we can contemplate them together. -- Roger Ebert
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Here's how much I know about hockey. Mike Royko and I were in a tiny bar one winter night, and the radio kept reporting goals by the Blackhawks. I mentioned how frequently the team was scoring. 'You're listening to the highlights,' Royko observed. -- Roger Ebert
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I think that probably the - I don't give quotes to studios. They have to get those out of the paper or from television. So they wouldn't have had my quote opening day. -- Roger Ebert
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Because we are human, because we are bound by gravity and the limitations of our bodies, because we live in a world where the news is often bad and the prospects disturbing, there is a need for another world somewhere, a world where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers live. -- Roger Ebert
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All over the web there are some very good critics and it's become for people who are interested. It's become a very good way to get to reviews and involve yourself in discussions. -- Roger Ebert
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Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him. -- Roger Ebert
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'Grand Illusion' and 'Rules of the Game' are routinely included on lists of the greatest films, and deserve to be. -- Roger Ebert
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As we leave the theater, we are absolutely convinced that the only thing keeping the world from going crazy is that the problems of three little people do, after all, amount to more than a hill of beans. -- Roger Ebert
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[Orson Welles] was a man who made the greatest film ever made and was never forgiven for it. -- Roger Ebert
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What makes people interesting is the spirit that shines through. -- Roger Ebert
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Families and their problems go on and on, and they aren't solved, they're dealt with. -- Roger Ebert
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Some movies run off the rails. This one is like the train crash in The Fugitive. I watched it in mounting gloom, realizing I was witnessing something historic, a film that for decades to come will be the punch line of jokes about bad movies. -- Roger Ebert
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I value the kind of prayer when you stand at the edge of the sea, or beneath a tree, or smell a flower, or love someone, or do a good thing. Those prayers validate existence and snatch it away from meaningless routine. -- Roger Ebert
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I wear a pedometer, a little device that counts every step. It works as a goad, because you walk additional distances to pile up the numbers. The average person walks 2,000 to 3,000 steps a day. I walk 10,000 steps a day. I have lost a lot of weight as a result. -- Roger Ebert
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It does seem true that a lot of people will do anything, however humiliating, for fame. -- Roger Ebert
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From a dramatic viewpoint, there are few professions that grant their members entry into other lives, high among them cops, doctors, clergymen, journalists and prostitutes. Perhaps that explains why they figure in so much television and cinema. Their lives are lived in the midst of human drama. -- Roger Ebert
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Are vampires kinky? I didn't know. -- Roger Ebert
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I'm told we movie critics praise movies that are long and boring. -- Roger Ebert
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If Hollywood stars speak out, so do all sorts of other people. Now Hollywood stars can get a better hearing. -- Roger Ebert
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In the best of all possible worlds, directors would obsess about the quality of their storytelling, and not the details of their technical methods. -- Roger Ebert
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An actress should never, ever, be asked to run beside a van in red disco boots for more than about half a block, and then only if her child is being kidnapped. -- Roger Ebert
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We feel the same emotions for our ideas as we do for the real world, which is why we can cry while reading a book, or fall in love with movie stars. -- Roger Ebert
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Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend? -- Roger Ebert
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Kindness' covers all of my political beliefs. -- Roger Ebert
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Rollerball is an incoherent mess, a jumble of footage in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and sense. There are bright colors and quick movement on the screen, which we can watch as a visual pattern that, in entertainment value, falls somewhere between a kaleidoscope and a lava lamp. -- Roger Ebert
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The right really dominates radio, and it's amazing how much energy the right spends telling us that the press is slanted to the left when it really isn't. They want to shut other people up. They really don't understand the First Amendment. -- Roger Ebert
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2001: A Space Odyssey is not about a goal, but about a quest, a need. -- Roger Ebert
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In the world of bad movies, 'Death to Smoochy' is a towering achievement. -- Roger Ebert
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Going to a movie so you won't be offended is like eating potato chips made with Olestra; you avoid the dangers of the real thing, but your insides fill up with synthetic runny stuff. -- Roger Ebert
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One difference between film noir and more straightforward crime pictures is that noir is more open to human flaws and likes to embed them in twisty plot lines. -- Roger Ebert
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Because I don't give the studios advanced quotes or an advanced look at my reviews. I think the readers deserve to read my reviews before the studios do. -- Roger Ebert
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Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you. -- Roger Ebert
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It's like the high school production of something you saw at Steppenwolf, with the most gifted students in drama class playing the John Malkovich and Joan Allen roles. -- Roger Ebert
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It is not enough for a movie to be righteous. It must also be watchable. -- Roger Ebert
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Aren't you getting tired of people hating one another? What do they think they get out of it? -- Roger Ebert
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Growing up, I missed the whole 'Three Stooges' thing. Either they weren't on the station in my hometown, or we hadn't bought a TV set yet, or they came to town too late for me. I'm pretty sure that at the right age, I would have loved them. -- Roger Ebert
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I've been told that I am evil. I've been told that I am behind the persecution of millions of Americans. That I have encouraged hate toward gays. I've received both very brief and obscene messages, and very long and literate messages that tell me a vote for Crash was vote for homophobia. -- Roger Ebert
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It often strikes me that the actors in high school movies look too old. -- Roger Ebert
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I am not a believer, not an atheist, not an agnostic. I am more content with questions than answers. -- Roger Ebert
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Sometimes you only need to have a few words with a person to know you would like to have many more. -- Roger Ebert
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An honest bookstore would post the following sign above its 'self-help' section: 'For true self-help, please visit our philosophy, literature, history and science sections, find yourself a good book, read it, and think about it. -- Roger Ebert
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I was instructed long ago by a wise editor, "If you understand something you can explain it so that almost anyone can understand it. If you don't, you won't be able to understand your own explanation." ... Jargon is the last refuge of the scoundrel. -- Roger Ebert
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Resentment is just a way of letting someone else use your mind rent-free. -- Roger Ebert
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Exhilarating. Radical Grace moved me to tears with its portrayal of good people putting their beliefs into action in ways that transcend all ideological boundaries. -- Roger Ebert
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If a movie isn't a hit right out of the gate, they drop it. Which means that the whole mainstream Hollywood product has been skewed toward violence and vulgar teen comedy. -- Roger Ebert
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Life's missed opportunities, at the end, may seem more poignant to us than those we embraced - because in our imagination they have a perfection that reality can never rival. -- Roger Ebert
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The Toys of a Lifetime -- Roger Ebert
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All but a very few of us are in debt. We exist as entities who borrow money and spend the rest of our lives making interest payments on a debt tally that never seems to budge. Whatever wealth we have, in labor, property or cash, is suctioned to the top. -- Roger Ebert
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I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. -- Roger Ebert
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One of the weapons Marvel used in its climb to comic-book dominance was a willingness to invent new characters at a dizzying speed. There are so many Marvel universes, indeed, that some superheroes do not even exist in one another's worlds, preventing gridlock. -- Roger Ebert
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One of the gifts one movie lover can give another is the title of a wonderful film they have not yet discovered -- Roger Ebert
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Improvisation is a weird word because we often think it means that you make things up out of whole cloth right there on the spot, and that's rarely the case in acting. You have to know who the character is, what the situation is and what is needed. -- Roger Ebert
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Why is it that English, drama and music teachers are most often recalled as our mentors and inspirations? Maybe because artists are rarely members of the popular crowd. -- Roger Ebert
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And the sexes eyeing each other uneasily, for nothing is easier for a teenager to imagine than rejection. -- Roger Ebert
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Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community. -- Roger Ebert
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Here's a notion: Peace in the Middle East would come about more easily if the region were governed by women. -- Roger Ebert
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We think of first love as sweet and valuable, a blessed if hazardous condition. -- Roger Ebert
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No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out. -- Roger Ebert
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But the fact is, most people are not going to be rich someday. -- Roger Ebert
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James Cameron's films have always been distinguished by ground-breaking technical excellence. -- Roger Ebert
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You can have a movie with hardly any cuts, or very few cuts, that is fascinating, you can't take your eyes away from it ... Look at some of the long takes in Citizen Kane. -- Roger Ebert
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' The Lucky One' is at its heart a romance novel, elevated however by Nicholas Sparks' persuasive storytelling. Readers don't read his books because they're true, but because they ought to be true. -- Roger Ebert
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Beguiled by George S. Bush's easy smile and casual indifference to the details, we are on the brink of electing him to office. This isn't choosing a president, it's casting the lead in a sitcom about the presidency. -- Roger Ebert
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I began to realize that I had tended to avoid some people because of my instant conclusions about who they were and what they would have to say. I discovered that everyone, speaking honestly and openly, had important things to tell me. -- Roger Ebert
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Pixar is the first studio that is a movie star. -- Roger Ebert
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As I swim through the summer tide of vulgarity, I find that's what I'm looking for: Movies that at least feel affection for their characters. Raunchy is OK. Cruel is not. -- Roger Ebert
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I am, beneath everything else, a fan. I was fixed in this mode as a young boy and am awed by people who take the risks of performance. -- Roger Ebert
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I lost faith in the Oscars the first year I was a movie critic - the year that Bonnie and Clyde didn't win. -- Roger Ebert
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The Golden Thumb is not as good as the Oscar, but it is a lot of fun. -- Roger Ebert
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Well, you know what, I'm 60 years old, and I've been interested in politics since I was on my daddy's knee. During the 1948 election, we were praying for Truman. I know a lot about politics. -- Roger Ebert
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Of all the arts, movies are the most powerful aid to empathy, and good ones make us into better people. -- Roger Ebert
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Why has Scandinavia been producing such good thrillers? Maybe because their filmmakers can't afford millions for CGI and must rely on cheaper elements like, you know, stories and characters. -- Roger Ebert
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If you can act as if something is true, in a sense that makes it true. -- Roger Ebert
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Art is the closest we can come to understanding how a stranger really feels. -- Roger Ebert
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But considering that I walked in expecting no complexity at all, let alone the visual wonderments, 'Snow White and the Huntsman' is a considerable experience. -- Roger Ebert
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No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough. -- Roger Ebert
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There are few lonelier sights than a good comedian being funny in a movie that doesn't know what funny is. -- Roger Ebert
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In thinking about 'depressing movies,' many people don't realize that all bad movies are depressing, and no good movies are. -- Roger Ebert
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Why do alcoholics begin down the same hazardous road day after day? They are in search of that elusive window of well-being that opens when you drink your way out of a hangover and aren't yet drunk all over again. The alcoholic's day consists of trying to keep that window open. -- Roger Ebert
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It amazes me that filmmakers will still film, and audiences will still watch, relationships so bankrupt of human feeling that the characters could be reading dialogue written by a computer. -- Roger Ebert
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I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier that is about the best we can do. -- Roger Ebert
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Cinema, for me, has always been something like music composed with photographic images. -- Roger Ebert
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What happens in a fantasy can be more involving than what happens in life, and thank goodness for that. -- Roger Ebert
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When a girl says she likes you as a friend, what she means is: "Rather than have sex with you, I would prefer to lose you as a friend." -- Roger Ebert
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As the man says in the play, for this relief, much thanks. -- Roger Ebert
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Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will, and you can't give somebody free will and then send in a play from the sidelines. -- Roger Ebert
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When I write, I fall into the zone many writers, painters, musicians, athletes, and craftsmen of all sorts seem to share: In doing something I enjoy and am expert at, deliberate thought falls aside and it is all just THERE. I think of the next word no more than the composer thinks of the next note. -- Roger Ebert
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To call A Lot like Love dead in the water is an insult to water. -- Roger Ebert
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You slide down in your seat and make yourself comfortable. On the screen in front of you, the movie image appears - enormous and overwhelming. If the movie is a good one, you allow yourself to be absorbed in its fantasy, and its dreams become part of your memories -- Roger Ebert
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Drama holds a mirror up to life, but needn't reproduce it. -- Roger Ebert
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The Muse visits during the act of creation, not before. Don't wait for her. Start alone. -- Roger Ebert
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I don't require movies to be about good people, and I don't reject screen violence. -- Roger Ebert
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Marlon Brando is the most influential movie actor of the century. -- Roger Ebert
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Because we can engineer genetics, because we can telecast real lives-of course we must, right? But are these good things to do? The irony is, the people who will finally answer that question will be the very ones produced by the process. -- Roger Ebert
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The purpose of civilization and growth is to be able to reach out and empathize with other people ... For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. -- Roger Ebert
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I will one day be thin, but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of The Brown Bunny. -- Roger Ebert
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Troy is based on the epic poem The Iliad by Homer , according to the credits. Homer's estate should sue. -- Roger Ebert
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So much of what happens by chance forms what becomes your life. -- Roger Ebert
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Why are some people bullied? Because they are different. How? It doesn't matter. -- Roger Ebert
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Since any reasonable person would choose a Mac over a PC, Apple's market share provides us with an accurate reading of the percentage of reasonable people in our society. -- Roger Ebert
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What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: Curious and teachable. -- Roger Ebert
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And yet, even so, there is a way to find happiness. That is to be curious about all of the interlocking events that add up to our lives. To notice connections. To be amused or perhaps frightened by the ways things work out. If the universe is indifferent, what a consolation that we are not. -- Roger Ebert
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It's the same the world over. A Hollywood production comes to town, and the locals all turn movie crazy. -- Roger Ebert
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It is more erotic to wonder if you're about to be kissed than it is to be kissed. -- Roger Ebert
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The sad thing is that when movies like this fail, executives think that proves there's no audience for unusual, original pictures - because they think they've made one. -- Roger Ebert
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To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion. -- Roger Ebert
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This sucks on so many levels." Dialogue from "Jason X" Rare for a movie to so frankly describe itself. "Jason X" sucks on the levels of storytelling, character development, suspense, special effects, originality, punctuation, neatness and aptness of thought. -- Roger Ebert
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Of all the purposes of education, I think the most useful is this: It prepares you to keep yourself entertained. It gives you a better chance of an interesting job. -- Roger Ebert
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Life is made up of challenges that cannot be solved but only accepted. -- Roger Ebert
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When I go to a great movie, I can live somebody else's life a little bit for a while. I can walk in somebody else's shoes. I can see what it feels like to be a member of a different gender, a different race, a different economic class, to live in a different time, to have a different belief. -- Roger Ebert
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Much has been written about Generation X and the films about it. Clerks is so utterly authentic that its heroes have never heard of their generation. When they think of "X," it's on the way to the video store. -- Roger Ebert
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I begin to feel like I was in the last generation of Americans who took a civics class. -- Roger Ebert
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The film argues to the young that the old were young once, too, and contain within them all that the young know, and more. -- Roger Ebert
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Just write, get better, keep writing, keep getting better. It's the only thing you can control. -- Roger Ebert
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I know as a critic I'm required to have a well-armored heart. I must be a cynical wise guy to show my great sophistication. No pushover, me. -- Roger Ebert
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The Muse visits during the process of creation, not before. -- Roger Ebert
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Teaching prejudice to a child is itself a form of bullying. You've got to be taught to hate. -- Roger Ebert
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Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation ... It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made. -- Roger Ebert
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Well, we're all dying in increments. I don't mind people knowing what I look like, but I don't want them thinking I'm dying. -- Roger Ebert
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We are the playthings of the gods. -- Roger Ebert
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We can't help identifying with the protagonist. It's coded in our movie-going DNA. -- Roger Ebert
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The layout was griping, the glide is awesome. Two ten-inch fins up, way up. -- Roger Ebert
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A film like Hoop Dreams is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and makes us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself. -- Roger Ebert
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They're not trying to prevent Hollywood from making movies. They're asking that the most powerful image-building machinery in the world stop grinding out killer dykes and twisted homo sex fiends as if sexual orientation had anything to do with criminal behavior. -- Roger Ebert
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I begin to feel like most Americans don't understand the First Amendment, don't understand the idea of freedom of speech, and don't understand that it's the responsibility of the citizen to speak out. -- Roger Ebert
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[Marlon] Brando was the only guy who could step out of that shadow at the end of that movie and be worth the wait. -- Roger Ebert
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I'll tell you, I think that the Internet has provided an enormous boost to film criticism by giving people an opportunity to self publish or to find sites that are friendly. -- Roger Ebert
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Someone once said the fundamental reason we get married is because have a universal human need for a witness. -- Roger Ebert
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Steve Coogan picks up enough to lecture an interviewer: This is a postmodern novel before there was any modernism to be post about. Later it's claimed that Tristram Shandy was No. 8 on the Observer's list of the greatest novels, which cheers everyone until they discover the list was chronological. -- Roger Ebert
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All I require of a religion is that it be tolerant of those who do not agree with it. -- Roger Ebert
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It's easier to identify with loss than love, because we have had so much more experience of it. -- Roger Ebert
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[D]oes the real world have any more substance than visions and hallucinations when we're having them? At any given moment, what's happening in our minds is all and everything that happens. -- Roger Ebert
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I am informed that 5,000 cockroaches were used in the filming of Joe's Apartment. That depresses me, but not as much as the news that none of them were harmed during the production. -- Roger Ebert
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Reese Witherspoon is as cute as a button on Raggedy Ann's overalls, but irresistible raw sex appeal is not one of her qualities. -- Roger Ebert
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Who wants to live in the present? It's such a limiting period compared to the past. -- Roger Ebert
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Many thrillers follow such reliable formulas that you can look at what's happening and guess how much longer a film has to run. -- Roger Ebert
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Sometimes it's all about the casting. -- Roger Ebert
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We can now have action movies with two stars where one might be African American and one might be Asian American. One of them doesn't have to be white, and the other one doesn't have to be the ethnic sidekick. We're way over that. And I think it's happening in society, too. -- Roger Ebert
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In my reviews, I feel it's good to make it clear that I'm not proposing objective truth, but subjective reactions; a review should reflect the immediate experience. -- Roger Ebert
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It's the worst kind of bad film: the kind that gets you all worked up and then lets you down, instead of just being lousy from the first shot. -- Roger Ebert
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It's not often a thriller keeps me wound up as well as 'Headhunters' did. I knew I was being manipulated and didn't care. It was a pleasure to see how well it was being done. -- Roger Ebert
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One sign of a great actor is when he can be alone by himself on the screen, doing almost nothing, and producing one of a film's defining moments. -- Roger Ebert
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I'm kind of glad the web is sort of totally anarchic. That's fine with me. -- Roger Ebert
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Anyone who has the price of a newspaper should have a fair chance of understanding most of what's written in it, -- Roger Ebert
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There's nothing like impending death to rouse you from existential boredom. -- Roger Ebert
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If there's anything I hate more than a stupid action comedy, it's an incompetent stupid action comedy. It's not so bad it's good. It's so bad it's nothing else but bad. -- Roger Ebert
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My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris. -- Roger Ebert
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It's rare to find a film that goes for broke and says, 'To hell with the consequences.' -- Roger Ebert
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It's a good question, because a movie isn't good or bad based on its politics. It's usually good or bad for other reasons, though you might agree or disagree with its politics. -- Roger Ebert
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It's hard to explain the fun to be found in seeing the right kind of bad movie. -- Roger Ebert
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That's what fantasies are for, to help us imagine that things are better than they are. -- Roger Ebert
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The movie cheerfully offends all civilized notions of taste, decorum, manners and hygiene ... is the movie vulgar? Vulgarity is when we don't laugh. When we laugh, it's merely human nature. -- Roger Ebert
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Don't waste time on how it starts until you know how it ends, -- Roger Ebert
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I felt it would to add a great deal to my legend for eccentricity. -- Roger Ebert
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All I know is, it is better to be the whale than the squid. -- Roger Ebert
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CROUCHING TIGER is nevertheless a gloriously big epic, starring the Hong Kong action stars Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh in a visionary adventure where the characters seem set free from the force of gravity. -- Roger Ebert
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The moment a man stops dreaming is the moment he petrifies inside. -- Roger Ebert
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There must be a better reason to have a baby than to provide a plot point in a rom-com. Don't you think? -- Roger Ebert
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'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' is without a doubt the best film we are ever likely to see on the subject - unless there is a sequel, which is unlikely, because at the end, the Lincolns are on their way to the theater. -- Roger Ebert
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It is universally agreed that Jean Renoir was one of the greatest of all directors, and he was also one of the warmest and most entertaining. -- Roger Ebert
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We are born into a box of time and space. We use words and communication to break out of it and to reach out to others. -- Roger Ebert
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Because an American can have a double-barreled last name but there is little practice for a triple-barreled one. -- Roger Ebert
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The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate. -- Roger Ebert
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A lot of people just go to movies that feed into their preexisting and not so noble needs and desires: They just go to action pictures, and things like that. -- Roger Ebert
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Film has become a marketed commodity, and the opportunities and audiences for art cinema have grown smaller. There is a general downturn in cultural literacy, perhaps because of television. -- Roger Ebert
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We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it. -- Roger Ebert
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What you see is so much less than what you get. -- Roger Ebert
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Not everyone needs to be slammed into a category and locked there. -- Roger Ebert
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I have been here before, I am here now, I will be here again. -- Roger Ebert
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Movies that encourage empathy are more effective than those that objectify problems. -- Roger Ebert
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If you plan to miss this movie, better miss it quickly; I doubt if it'll be around to miss for long. -- Roger Ebert
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Low self esteem involves imagining the worst that other people can think about you. -- Roger Ebert
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One hopeful sign that the filmmakers can learn and grow is that the sequel does not contain a single pie, if you know what I mean. -- Roger Ebert
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I believe that young people wearing hoods, unless they are very young, can be frightening. What are they hiding? Why don't they want to come out into the light with the rest of us? They may be perfectly nice, but the hoods send an uncertain statement. -- Roger Ebert
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Dirty Love wasn't written and directed, it was committed. Here is a film so pitiful, it doesn't rise to the level of badness. It is hopelessly incompetent I am not certain that anyone involved has ever seen a movie, or knows what one is. -- Roger Ebert
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Skateboarding is forever, and things like college and girls only ruin an endlessly savored adolescence. -- Roger Ebert
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Time is what the depressed and panicked lack. -- Roger Ebert
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Sarah Palin lacked the preparation or temperament to be one heartbeat away from the presidency, but what she possessed in abundance was the ability to inflame political passions and energize the John McCain campaign with star quality. -- Roger Ebert
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No movie has ever been able to provide a catharsis for the Holocaust, and I suspect none will ever be able to provide one for 9/11. Such subjects overwhelm art. -- Roger Ebert
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Clouds do not really look like camels or sailing ships or castles in the sky. They are simply a natural process at work. So too, perhaps, are our lives. -- Roger Ebert
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Dogs notice, they share, they draw conclusions, they like it when they're able to be of service and are touchingly grateful when they're praised. -- Roger Ebert
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Yes, I was fat, but I dealt with it by simply never thinking about it. It is useful, when you are fat, to have a lot of other things to think about. -- Roger Ebert
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Samurai films, like westerns, need not be familiar genre stories. They can expand to contain stories of ethical challenges and human tragedy. -- Roger Ebert
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Steven Spielberg makes Minority Report with the newest digital technology; other directors seem to be trying to make their movies from it. -- Roger Ebert
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A man goes to the movies. The critic must admit that he is this man. -- Roger Ebert
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Dogs remember every favor you ever do for them and store those events in a memory bank titled Why My Human Is A God. -- Roger Ebert
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'Marley' does what is probably the best possible job of documenting an important life. -- Roger Ebert
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It is quite possible for the vulgar to be funny, but to succeed, it must rise to a certain genius. -- Roger Ebert
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The movies that are made more thoughtfully or made or with more ambition often get just get drowned out by the noise. -- Roger Ebert
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You can't say it wasn't interesting. -- Roger Ebert
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On this ancient and miraculous world, where such beautiful natural and living things have evolved, something has gone wrong when life itself is used as a manufacturing process. -- Roger Ebert
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Films are no longer concerned with the silence of God, but with the chattering of men. -- Roger Ebert
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I find that when I am actually writing, I enter a zone of concentration too small to admit my troubles. -- Roger Ebert
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Nicholas Sparks recently went on record as saying he is a greater novelist than Cormac McCarthy. This is true in the same sense that I am a better novelist than William Shakespeare. -- Roger Ebert
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The very fact of snow is such an amazement. -- Roger Ebert
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Nobody looks perfect. We have to find peace with the way we look and get on with life. -- Roger Ebert
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Films to the degree that they glorify mindlessness and short attention span they are bad, to the degree that they encourage empathy with people not like ourselves and encourage us to think about life, they are good. -- Roger Ebert
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All good art is about something deeper than it admits. -- Roger Ebert
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It is hard enough to be good at all, but to be good in comedy speaks for your character. -- Roger Ebert
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My motto: 'No good movie is depressing. All bad movies are depressing.' -- Roger Ebert
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They give you a smaller glass so it feels like you're getting more, -- Roger Ebert
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Most of us do not consciously look at movies. -- Roger Ebert
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I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. -- Roger Ebert
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If a movie is really working, you forget for two hours your Social Security number and where your car is parked. You are having a vicarious experience. You are identifying, in one way or another, with the people on the screen. -- Roger Ebert
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To die is one thing. How much worse to know that all the life that ever existed on this planet, and all it ever achieved, was to be obliterated? -- Roger Ebert
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A corner is important. It provides privacy and an anchor and lets you exist independently of the room. -- Roger Ebert
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We laugh, that we may not cry. -- Roger Ebert
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No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad. -- Roger Ebert
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And I think both the left and the right should celebrate people who have different opinions, and disagree with them, and argue with them, and differ with them, but don't just try to shut them up. -- Roger Ebert
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Class is often invisible in America in the movies, and usually not the subject of the film. -- Roger Ebert
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I think we have to get beyond the idea that we have to categorize people. -- Roger Ebert
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If you find an occupation you love and spend your entire life working at it, is that enough? -- Roger Ebert
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Perhaps it is the nature of man not to wish to know too much about his own nature. -- Roger Ebert
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A young girl is possessed by a devil, and Constantine shouts, 'I need a mirror! Now! At least three feet high!' He can capture the demon in the mirror and throw it out the window, see, although you wonder why supernatural beings would have such low-tech security holes. -- Roger Ebert
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I do suspect my star ratings average too high. But, of course, star ratings are ridiculous. I'm stuck with them. -- Roger Ebert
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You are never warmer than when you have been cold. -- Roger Ebert
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Nothing ever seems straightforward in Venice, least of all its romances. -- Roger Ebert
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I think most people are more susceptible to prejudice than to reason. -- Roger Ebert
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If you don't flush out the pipes, they'll run brown. -- Roger Ebert
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Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
Roger Ebert -- Roger Ebert
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Movies absorb our attention more completely, I think. -- Roger Ebert
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A lot of first novels are written long before they're actually put down on paper. -- Roger Ebert
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Gene Siskel used to describe old-age makeup as making young actors look like turtles. -- Roger Ebert
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(1) the Muse visits during, not before, the act of composition, and (2) the writer takes dictation from that place in his mind that knows what he should write next. -- Roger Ebert
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My newspaper job ... is my identity. -- Roger Ebert
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Friends don't let Jackasses drink and drive. -- Roger Ebert
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We spend too much time hiding illness. -- Roger Ebert
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It has been said that the reason we establish relationships is to assure ourselves of a witness to our lives. -- Roger Ebert
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Movies are not about moving, but about whether to move. -- Roger Ebert
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Entertainment is about the way things should be. Art is about the way they are. -- Roger Ebert
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Film theory has nothing to do with film. -- Roger Ebert
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Teenagers used to go to the movies to see adults having sex. Today adults go to the movies to see teenagers having sex. -- Roger Ebert
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I don't think Bush was legitimately elected President. -- Roger Ebert
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Never marry anyone you could not sit next to during a three-day bus trip. -- Roger Ebert
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There are no guarantees. But there is also nothing to fear. We come from oblivion when we are born. We return to oblivion when we die. The astonishing thing is this period of in-between. -- Roger Ebert
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If there is such a thing as a lock on an Oscar nomination, ... Hoffman has one. -- Roger Ebert
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Nothing could be more boring than an absolutely accurate movie about the law. -- Roger Ebert
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In Hollywood, 'under development' means 'all I have is the title.' -- Roger Ebert
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We are poor mortals, but it dreams to us that we can fly. -- Roger Ebert
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The Academy is paranoid about its image. -- Roger Ebert
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We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds. -- Roger Ebert
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People never think of themselves as choosing to be politically correct. They simply think in the way that they do. -- Roger Ebert
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I just assume I'm right. Partially out of conviction and partially as a pose. -- Roger Ebert
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A work is not about what it is about. It is about how it is about what it is about. -- Roger Ebert
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You can't just tell actors, especially young ones, to 'act happy' and expect them to do it. They must in some essential way be happy. -- Roger Ebert
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A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally. They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise. -- Roger Ebert
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Some of these people make my skin crawl. -- Roger Ebert
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Praise without merit is more harmful than unearned criticism. -- Roger Ebert