The Great Movies by Roger Ebert

The Great Movies

America’s most trusted and best-known film critic Roger Ebert presents one hundred brilliant essays on some of the best movies ever made.  For the past five years Roger Ebert, the famed film writer and critic, has been writing biweekly essays for a feature called "The Great Movies," in which he offers a fresh and fervent appreciation of a great film. The Great Movies collects one hundred of these essays, each one of them a gem of critical appr...

Details The Great Movies

TitleThe Great Movies
Release DateApr 9th, 2002
PublisherCrown Archetype
GenreCulture, Film, Nonfiction, Media Tie In, Movies, Writing, Essays

Reviews The Great Movies

  • Julie Davis
    I miss Roger Ebert. Even when I disagreed with his online personal journal entries, which happened fairly frequently, I still loved reading him.Most importantly, of course, I miss reading his movie reviews every Friday. They were the anchor against which I measured all other critical opinions of a film. Again, I might disagree with him because his range and experience and desires when watching a film were often different from mine. Again, it didn...
  • N.N. Light
    I've been a huge fan of Roger Ebert ever since I was a little girl. I would watch his show every weekend to see what movies were good and what movies to skip. Yes, Virginia, there wasn't an internet or social media then. Anyway, this book is filled with Ebert's view on 100 great movies ever made. A must read and own for any film buff! Highly recommend!My Rating: 5++ stars
  • Mmyoung
    The word that sprang to mind as I finished this book is anodyne. This is a competent and thoroughly unexceptional survey of 'great movies.' Ebert's opinions range from main stream to routine / within the normal range of deviation / acceptably eccentric. Not one of the reviews in the book made me stop of think 'wow, what a fascinating new way to look at that movie.' Nor did any of them illuminate to me why I liked, or failed to be moved by, or dis...
  • Jim Dooley
    Roger Ebert introduces this collection of his reviews by pointing out these are what he considers to be GREAT movies … not the GREATEST movies. He found a GREATEST list to be virtually meaningless as it is difficult to argue merits beyond GREAT. I would be on pretty safe ground if I told you that I’m providing a list of my Favorite Films, but Greatest Films is an entirely different situation and will immediately be headed to disagreement. So,...
  • Leslie
    I have a friend who explains she judges Chinese restaurants by cold sesame noodles. If they make good cold sesame noodles they can make anything. I judge movie review books by The Godfather. So the first review I read in this book was the Godfather and it was brilliant (view spoiler)[ In response to the question what was Mama Coreleone's first name it is Carmela (hide spoiler)]In the introduction Ebert says these are 100 of 140+ reviews he wrote ...
  • Bryce
    Reading Ebert’s collection of essays was like revisiting the highlights from film school. The films are taken from the tried-and-true list of greats, but all of them are actually pretty great. Ebert writes in a way that is accessible to the film layman but also includes enough about the technical and creative processes that give more experienced readers insight. My favorite essay was on E.T.; Ebert broke from his usual formula there, crafting t...
  • Jessie
    Fantastic read, recommended for anyone who loves movies.
  • Anita
    A really fun read, and super inspiring: I want to re/watch all the films, now.
  • Lara
    Reading anything by the late Roger Ebert is to experience a mini master class in film criticism. Through his prose, his adoration of film shines through every word, whether he likes a film or not. Cinema - GOOD cinema - is the alter before which he worshiped, and which he analyzed like no other critic living today.That said, Ebert wrote three books with the same title: "The Great Movies" (the first merely goes by that title but the second and thi...
  • Robert
    It's hard to imagine criticism as being something that everyone isn't good at. I'm being critical right now; your snide Facebook comment from earlier today is criticism. Given how much our thoughts and feelings end up public affairs in the modern world, everyone is a critic, yet few of us do it well. How often do we gush about some movie, restaurant, or book to our friends only to realize later that our words had little to no effect in altering t...
  • Spiderorchid
    Very entertaining collection of short essays. I haven't read all 100 of them (only the ones about movies I've seen or want to see in the future, perhaps 3/4 of the book) and I don't always share Ebert's opinion but it's well written and fun for movie fans.
  • Ryan Hatch
    8.5/10It takes amazing talent to make a great movie, in some ways it takes just as much talent to put perfectly into words what makes that movie great. Roger Ebert does that better than almost anyone. So often reading these essays I would get the "that's exactly how I felt" moment. The other thing I love about Roger was that he knew what he liked. Only he could include movies like "Gates of Heaven," a documentary about an absurd pet cemetery, and...
  • Muzzlehatch
    I have very mixed feelings about Roger Ebert, and this book is full of perfect examples of why that is. On the one hand, he communicates an enthusiasm that is hard to ignore, and his writing is always lucid and entertaining; on the other, he is sloppy and sometimes dead wrong in his facts -- somehow ignoring that Ozu's "Floating Weeds" is a remake of an earlier film BY THE SAME DIRECTOR; making a snide comment about the failed "futuristic city" i...
  • Diane
    This is a book of Roger Ebert's reviews about classic films from "2001: A Space Odyssey" to "A Woman Under the Influence." Fascinating, fun, and a pretty quick read. Don't judge it by how long it took me - I kept having to read it in small doses, stealing time here and there in between work, family, gardening, and some pretty demanding pets. I don't always agree with Ebert - I enjoyed the endings to "Red River" and "Psycho" and have never liked "...
  • Robert James
    Wth very few exceptions, I find movies made today to be extremely boring. Much like a lot of crime fiction today, everything is formula driven and it becomes tedious to read and watch. So I thought I would read a book that is full of essays regarding what one man believes are 100 of the very best. I've seen many of the American movies but might take a second look based upon Mr. Ebert's recommendations but I've seen almost none of the foreign film...
  • Dave Hartl
    This is a good guide to serious film watching. I've seen the vast majority of the picks Ebert gives here, but I'm glad for a list of undiscovered films that's backed up by the choices he's made that I've seen and loved. Ebert seemed incapable of enjoying David Lynch but otherwise I can agree with his favorites.
  • Leonard Pierce
    Spotty as usual, but when Ebert is really on, he can write truly memorable film criticism. He's no intellectual, but he has a pretty keen visual sensibility, and he really latches on to emotional themes that can escape other reviewers.
  • Neri.
    It's a great encyclopedia on amazing movie, some of which I didn't enjoyed as much as the author did. He, though, talks about every movie in this book which such passion that it is a joy to read for movie fans and for those who have no idea what classic films are.
  • Alexis
    I've almost finished watching all the movies in this collection. Still a few more to watch. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves film or good writing.I'm a major Ebert fan.
  • Clem
    I confess that I’m not a big fan of movies or other forms of visual art. It’s not that I really have anything against the medium, it just seems that my time is so limited, that I rarely want to devote several hours of my frugal day to sit still and stare at a moving picture. I only mention this in my review because if someone such as myself can really enjoy this type of book, I would think that those who actually love going to the movies woul...
  • Niklas Pivic
    I must admit, I've only read the reviews of films that I haven't seen in here, which probably amounts to a third of the book in total.Ebert has really, really seen these films. Most of them, according to himself, several times, and an additional time in order to write this book. A lot of them are classics, and a few of them - e.g. "The Wizard of Oz" - aren't included in a lot of critics' tomes.He opens the book with an introduction where three pa...
  • S Prakash
    Anything remotely pertaining to movies gets me hooked like a kid to the candy. There were 100 reviews in all in this epoch work and I had read almost 90 of them in two days flat. The writing was so powerful and graphic that though I hadn't seen many of the classics reviewed over there, yet it was as though the movie was running in the form of words seamlessly moving from page to page. Bicycle thief; Psycho; Citizen Kane; Godfather.. the list of t...
  • Hajir Almahdi
    Like rest of human population I enjoy watching films but lately I've developed this passion for film critique, I no longer just enjoy watching a "movie", I try to see everything else I might have missed, re-watch, read articles about it, be critical, specially if its something that I enjoyed. What I loved the most reading this book (even though it took me a lot of time to watch all the films reviewed that I haven't seen before and I did manage to...
  • Daniel Keohane
    This is a really good collection of short essays by my absolute favorite film reviewer, Roger Ebert. I say essays because these don't seem to be reviews but rather revisits to his favorite films. He rewatched all of them and wrote his thoughts, so it gives some insight into his tastes and dislikes, and opens up new films for us to see which we haven't. There are some spoilers in them, so when I began to read and found myself wanting to see a movi...
  • Zach Franz
    This is the second of Ebert's "Great Movies" anthologies I've read. Both have been superb. I enjoy his take on nearly all of the films, even if I have no interest in ever seeing particular entries. His perspective is rich, but the true highlight is the quality of his prose. Every word is weighted, every sentence considered. I also appreciate that he doesn't try to label these films as "the best ever" or rank them in any specific order. A great fi...
  • Charlie Newfell
    What's not to like? Roger Ebert is probably THE preeminent movie critic. His long reviews are insightful and bring an interesting viewpoint and depth to the movies considered. Here is assembled a collection of his great movies-- not the greatest movies of all time (though many could be argued to be) but movies that he feels that he feels changed the medium.
  • Darshika
    Buy this book and read it slowly overtime. Try to watch the movie first and then the review. Or read review, watch movie, read again. Read in one it feels like a repetition. I also felt that a lot of movies were added to fit categories such as popular, noir, rule breakers. I think more in terms of movie making techniques instead of praise and trivia could have been added.
  • Peter DeSilvey
    A great collection of short essays on some great films some I have seen and I agree some I haven't so I have no opinion but I have to say Ebert had a passion about films and you can gain an appreciation of that by reading this book. I'm sure I don't see eye to eye with him everything here. But he definitely had an interesting perspective to share with the world.
  • David Keep
    LovingThe world misses Roger Ebert. In an age where the business has overtaken the show, it is so wonderful to read the words of an intelligent man whose love of film is based on the heart and not the box office. Loving, intelligent and insightful, this is exactly what film criticism should be
  • Valorie
    I love Roger Ebert's takes on movies. I don't always agree with him, but I can see that his approaches are generally thoughtful. This collection is full of some of the "best" movies he saw, and is a great primer for understanding some of the most famous movies of all time. I used it as a primer to understand what I was watching and what made it special.