- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0740706721
- ISBN-13: 978-0740706721
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie Paperback – April 1, 2000
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The zero to one star reviews are truly funny; it's quite amusing to read the distillation of bitterness and hatred that comes from forcing a movie lover to sit through a terrible movie. On another level, it's also quite amusing to try to imagine how these movies ever got made in the first place - some of them leave you wondering how it is that the producers did not notice they didn't have a script until after shooting started. Others leave you wondering why the actors and director didn't take the easy way out and simply kill themselves rather than complete the movie.
Unfortunately, the book is padded with reviews of some movies that it appears Ebert only disliked. And mild dislike doesn't give rise to the same kind of humor as loathing does. Had these reviews been cut, the book would probably have been 50 pages shorter, and it would have been a riot from beginning to end, albeit one that left you with a serious disinclination to go to the movies. (Or, depending on the kind of person you are, with a strong *inclination* to head for the video rental store.)
If the editor, author, or publisher truly felt the need to extend the book beyond the despised movies, it would have been much more gripping and entertaining to include a few four-star reviews - maybe one per chapter? - to show what the other end of the spectrum looked like.Read more ›
Ebert is always a quick wit, and though I don't always agree with him, I always find his writing insightful to illuminating his point of view. In this book, though, I believe that I am in complete agreement on all the movies that I have seen. Indeed, some of these reviews are so well written and intriguing, I had to see the film in question just to know if it could be that bad. For instance after reading about the silly character names, the telepathic parrots and the man eating vegetables, I just HAD to see "At The Earth's Core". It is unquestionably as wretched as Ebert says, and I delighted in its badness. I have now set my sights on "North", but that is allegedly much harder to watch.
If you want an accounting of mostly big budget cinematic fiascoes, this is the book for you. I hope Ebert writes another book soon called 'More Movies I Hated, Hated, Hated.'
And yet it's a fun read. Time and again many of us have read books that tell us which movies are worth seeing, but seldom have we read any that warn us away from turkeys. And rarely, if we have encountered lists of bad movies, have we encountered any with Roger Ebert's biting wit and insight.
Many people dismiss Ebert because of his willful attempts to connect with the middle-brow audience rather than aiming either high or low, but remember, it's the middle who forks over the largest share of their hard-earned money to get an eyeful of these films. Personally, I like Ebert, and have found him the most consistently trustworthy critic out there to my personal taste. Generally, if he says a movie is great, I can be sure I'll agree; if he says a certain picture should go take a flying leap, I know it's one I should skip.
Not everyone will agree with the opinions of this book. I certainly don't. For example, I thought "Patch Adams," though very imperfect, was at least humorous. Ebert panned it. Likewise, I thought the prints of "Titanic" should be recycled into toilet paper spindles and be put to some constructive use; in a side note, Ebert calls the film "brilliant." And one movie Ebert shreds in here, "The Last Movie," has appeared in another book I own as one of the 100 most-neglected movies you should run out and rent right now.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What more can be said about the late,great Roger Ebert. He is the doyen of movie critics, and no one comes near him. Read morePublished 28 days ago by stephen howe
Again, Ebert proves that he was one of the greatest film critics everPublished 29 days ago by R. A. Colson
Roger was more fun when he didn't like a film , than when he did. Fun, light read...Published 1 month ago by Mike Parks
As a movie critic, Roger Ebert sees a lot more movies than the rest of us. And he likes many of them—for example, the ones he describes in The Great Movies series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John M. Ford
Loved Roger Ebert. This book is so full of obscure movies, I quit half way through.Published 5 months ago by K. Crowe
Great. I love Ebert's snarky comments. I like reviews of bad movies more than of good ones.Published 6 months ago by steamduck43
I don't always agree with Roger Ebert, but I loved, loved, loved this book. His insights and use of humor are wonderful. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Book Den