Roger Ebert's Reviews

Roger Ebert loved movies. These are his reviews.

Favorite films

  • Casablanca
  • Citizen Kane
  • Floating Weeds
  • Gates of Heaven

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  • Spite Marriage

    ★★★★★

  • The Cameraman

    ★★★★★

  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    ★★★★★

  • College

    ★★★★★

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  • Spite Marriage

    Spite Marriage

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★ Great Movie

    The greatest of the silent clowns is Buster Keaton, not only because of what he did, but because of how he did it. Harold Lloyd made us laugh as much, Charlie Chaplin moved us more deeply, but no one had more courage than Buster. I define courage as Hemingway did: "Grace under pressure." In films that combined comedy with extraordinary physical risks, Buster Keaton played a brave spirit who took the universe on its own terms, and…

  • The Cameraman

    The Cameraman

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★ Great Movie

    The greatest of the silent clowns is Buster Keaton, not only because of what he did, but because of how he did it. Harold Lloyd made us laugh as much, Charlie Chaplin moved us more deeply, but no one had more courage than Buster. I define courage as Hemingway did: "Grace under pressure." In films that combined comedy with extraordinary physical risks, Buster Keaton played a brave spirit who took the universe on its own terms, and…

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  • To the Wonder

    To the Wonder

    ★★★★½

    ★★★½

    This was the last movie review Roger Ebert filed.

    Released less than two years after his "The Tree of Life," an epic that began with the dinosaurs and peered into an uncertain future, Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" is a film that contains only a handful of important characters and a few crucial moments in their lives. Although it uses dialogue, it's dreamy and half-heard, and essentially this could be a silent film — silent, except for its mostly melancholy music.

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    Read Roger Ebert's full review:

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/to-the-wonder-2013

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★

    Now this is what a superhero movie should be. "Spider-Man 2" believes in its story in the same way serious comic readers believe, when the adventures on the page express their own dreams and wishes. It's not camp and it's not nostalgia, it's not wall-to-wall special effects and it's not pickled in angst. It's simply and poignantly a realization that being Spider-Man is a burden that Peter Parker is not entirely willing to bear.

    The movie demonstrates what's wrong…