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Leonard Maltin is one of the USA's most respected film historians and critics. He appears regularly on Entertainment Tonight, hosts Secret's Out on ReelzChannel and introduces movies on DirecTV. He also teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1664 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451227646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451227645
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Hugo D. Hackenbush on August 11, 2009
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As anyone familiar with Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide series can tell you, Leonard Maltin's preference for traditionalism in film has always meant that "golden age" films (films produced circa silent era-1965) tend to be somewhat overpraised; the same can be said of his reviews for standard Hollywood "Oscar-bait" dramas, self-consciously quirky "indies" and certain types of foreign films. As a result, it is not unexpected that well-made but problematic films such as "The Reader", "Out of Africa", "Troy" and "The Kite Runner" receive an overly-enthusiastic response by Mr. Maltin.

In spite of this, Mr. Maltin's Movie guide has always been a perennial must-own for me, as it is a true standard bearer for film reference guides in terms of both its construction and execution: film reviews are smartly written, unpretentious and thoughtful, the layout of the book is intuitive and his passion for (and knowledge of) film comes through loud and clear. However, Mr. Maltin's classicist stodginess is becoming more and more pronounced in his film reviews, and for the first time in twenty years of reading his guides, his biases are starting to grate on me.

For instance, Mr. Maltin feels uncomfortable (and often clearly states so in his reviews) when certain themes (and particular degrees) of realism, "vulgarisms" or darkness are incorporated into types of "Hollywood escapist fare" (as he puts it) and penalizes such films accordingly, regardless of technical, artistic or historical merit.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Kerr on September 22, 2009
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This book is fun if I am wanting to watch a movie on TV. But Maltin and his crew are no Ebert's. And his dissing of such movies as Blade Runner and Dark Knight are problematic for me. It is pretty much the only such expansive reference of its type out there in a consistent way but sometimes I think if it isn't in Maltin's "taste" it won't get a good review. That is elitism.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Victor Hugo on December 5, 2009
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The 2010 edition is the 4th or 5th in the series that I've purchased.
Every couple of years I buy the most recent copy.
The book is a great source of basic information for most movies that you are likely to come across.
For me it lists about 90% of the movies that I try to find, 10% of the time I don't find the movie that I'm looking for isn't listed here. That in itself isn't a complaint, as I accept that no book can ever be totally complete when it tries to cover almost 100 years of film.
The index is a great source of basic information for movie casts, directors, the year that pictures were made and brief general thumbnails of the plots.
My major disagreement is with a number of the movie ratings in the guide. Mr Maltin uses a 4 star rating system which is alright. Personally I prefer a 10 star system such as used by IMDB but I don't consider Maltin's 4 star system to be a problem.
I also don't belive that Mr. Maltin wrote all of the reviews (which isn't necessarily bad)so it's probably not surprising that the ratings are somewhat inconsistant and can differ widely with general public opinion. I base this on reading several of the reviews which use the words "we" and "our" when presenting "their" reviews.
That being said (and excused)some of the ratings just seem odd. As an example for the film "Humanoids From the Deep" for which Maltin gives it 3 stars out of 4, while both Indiana Jones films "Temple of Doom" and "Last Crusade" were given 2 stars. Blood Diamonds 2.5 stars. Are you kidding? Taxi Driver 2.0 stars?
Maltin also seems to show personal prejudice for certain actors, actresses, directors etc. For instance 90% of the movies listed as "French" automatically receive 3 and frequently 4 stars in his review.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2009
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Leonard Maltin has been issuing this yearly movie reference guide for many years. Some years ago, Maltin decided to split up the movies in pre-and after 1960 movies. Because of space limitations, that has now been changed with this edition to 1965. The pre-1965 movies now have their own book ("Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide").

"Leonard Maltin's 2010 Movie Guide" (a whopping 1,662 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, probably late May or early June: "Angels and Demons", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", Star Trek", The Soloist" and"Terminator Salvation" are all in here, "Transformers 2", "Drag Me To Hell" and "Moon", just to name a few, are not. 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 "Transformers 2" 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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