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Product Details

  • Series: Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
  • Paperback: 1664 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289789
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The go-to choice for both film geeks and casual couch potatoes.”The New York Times Book Review

“The best of the bunch.”San Francisco Chronicle

“The single most important reference book in every home.”Esquire

Customer Reviews

The size of the book and the font is just too small.
R. Mongeon
Leonard Maltin has been issuing this yearly movie reference guide for many years.
Paul Allaer
You'll need something like this if your computer goes down.
John F. Rooney

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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Eva Sandberg on August 26, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I ordered this book because I wanted to get Leonard Maltin's most recent listings. When it arrived, I found it completely unusable. Obviously, it has many more entries, but instead of being larger than my old one (from about 3 years ago), the book is of smaller size. As a result, the type is so small that, with my 76-year-old eyes, I could not read it. I was planning to pass the old one along to my grown children but, instead, I gave them this one and kept the old one for myself. With more and more listings being added each year, somebody has to give serious thought to developing a reasonable format to accommodate the ever-increasing volume. This review clearly does not address itself to the content, which I was not able to access. I've enjoyed Maltin's guide for many years, and I can't imagine that the quality of the content has suffered. By giving it only one star I am only trying to communicate that this new guide did not serve MY purpose. It may be totally satisfactory for someone else with better eyesight.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Leonard Maltin has been issuing this yearly movie reference guide for many years. A while back (not sure when exactly), Maltin decided to split up the movies in pre-and after 1960 movies. The pre-1960 movies now have their own book ("Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide").

"Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide" (a whopping 1,644 pages, this book should be sold "by the pound") brings the alphabetical listing of more than 17,000 movies and captures their essence in a single paragraph. The editions change little from year to year, bringing a batch of new movies. It's not exactly clear where the chronological cut-off point is: "Iron Man" is in here, but not "The Dark Knight". But it matters not.

The beauty of this book is that it remains the essential "hard copy" reference tool for us movie lovers. Yes, the minute this book is issued it becomes out-dated (see the "Dark Knight" reference), and I'm sure there are on-line reference sites that are more up to date, but if you, like me, like to have an actual book, this reference guide is for you. At that level, this book remains the best and essential.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Hal Jordan VINE VOICE on August 10, 2008
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For my money, this is the best of the movie guides. These concise, knowledgeable reviews written by Leonard Maltin and his team are indispensable when flipping through movie channels on TV or trying to decide on the next DVD rental. They also do a great job each year in correcting errors and adding the names of newly-prominent actors to the cast lists.

My only significant complaint is the the book is published way, way too early in the year. Why issue the "2009 Guide" in early August 2008? Obviously, the summer is the key time for releasing new movies, but because of its publication date this year's guide only includes movies released through early July. It's missing reviews of The Incredible Hulk, WALL-E, Sex and the City, Kitt Kittredge, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Kung Fu Panda, and -- the biggest hit of 2008 -- The Dark Knight, among many other summer and fall releases. Anyone who buys the book right after publication (like I did) probably realizes some of these reviews will not be there, but I would guess this book sells a lot of copies during the holiday season. Many of those people are going to be pretty disappointed to find out just how many films are not reviewed in this "2009 Guide." Seems like a very strange strategy by the publisher.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amadeus on November 29, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Leonard Maltin's reviews are excellent. Nevertheless, this product is essentially unusable. In an effort to keep the page count down, the publisher has used a very small type face that I have difficulty reading even though I have a full correction in my reading glasses.

The book is adequate if one wishes to look up a single item. Browsing? Forget about it!

I have a 1999 edition of the Leonard Maltin book and it is a delight to use and browse. I have browsed it so much that its paperback binding has begun to fall apart. I plan to have my old edition professionally rebound and to donate my new edition to the book drive of my local library.

Let someone else get the eyestrain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank Dutton on January 9, 2009
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I purchased this book so I could check up on movie descriptions from various satellite TV channels and get more info on some that are very briefly and inadequately described in the online guide. While the book is fairly big, the type is very small - requires good light and good eyes and still probably reading glasses! Aside from that, this book is a disappointment in several ways.

Largely redundant with Classic Guide - Lack of coverage of MANY 2008 movies - Lack of coverage of non-major movies.

Maltin has a Classic Movie Guide - I think it runs through 1960. It is pretty good and the type size is easily readable. The 2009 Guide covers many of the same classic movies, si it is redundant in amny ways - I guess to bulk up the number of entries to 17,000.

This book doesn't cover even many of the bigger name 2008 movies that are now on HBO, Showtime, etc. (as I write this it is January, 2009). So, even though it's the 2009 Guide, it doesn't cover all of 2008.

This book doesn't cover many, many of the movies on the various channels. If the movie is somewhat obscure or, apparently, not from a major studio, you probably won't find it here. I guess I expected to and therefor was disappointed.

All of Maltin's reviews need to be broken up into 3 distince volumes, in my opinion. Make the Classic guide (pre-1960 a trifle more complete and let it go at that. Break the other guides up into a 1960 - 1990 book that is comprehensive and then a third one ruinning from 1990 - Present (whatever year that may be) and, again, more comprehensive than this one is.

Better yet, someone could do a set of 3 books from the AllMovie.com website.
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Leonard Maltin is a respected film critic and historian, perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, which was first published in 1969. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles and teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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