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  • Series: Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
  • Paperback: 1664 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296268
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Recognised as one of America's leading film historians and critics, Leonard Maltin has become a household name and media personality due to his regular appearances on the highly successful syndicated TV program Entertainment Tonight and the Encore cable-TV service, his syndicated radio program, Leonard Maltin's Video View, his monthly reviews in Playboy magazine, and the featuring of Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide on the World Wide Web, via the popular Amazon.com website. He lives in Toluca Lake, California.

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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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For info on movies before 1960 check out LEONARD MALTIN'S CLASSIC MOVIES GUIDE!
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It would have been nice if each movie was marked as a comedy, drama, etc.
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116 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Hugo D. Hackenbush on August 6, 2010
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(NOTE: The following review is an updated and expanded reworking of my previously posted "Leonard Maltin's 2010 Movie Guide" review. Also, although Mr. Maltin has a team of film critics and editors that help him shape his guide annually, for the sake of expediency I choose to single out Mr. Maltin alone in my critique, as he is the chief reviewer/editor of this book and obviously has final approval over the finished product.)

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", "Troy" and "The Blind Side" 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 book's physical size is convenient; 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.

It has become obvious to me over time that Mr.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. duke on October 21, 2010
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Nearly all the made for cable/TV movies are GONE! I watch a lot of movies on Netflix and on tape them on TV. I want a Guide to help me know which are worthy watching. Now I get no help on the made for cable/TV movies!!! Some of the movies in this category are exceptional; for example: Grey Gardens(2009), Raisin in the Sun (2008)

I have been reading Leonard Maltin's Movie Guides for years. My 2000 Movie Guide by Maltin needed replacing so I just got the 2001 Movie Guide. I don't mind a separate guide for Classic movies, OK, but what about made for cable/TV movies?
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on August 21, 2010
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I have used various guides aside my television over the past 30 years to help me ferret through the movie offerings on, first, network television, then cable, and now on the 35 or so premium channels I recieve on Dish Network. Unlike some that use books like this one, I am not a DVD renter and don't use the book to make those choices. I use it to help me understand which may be the best offering on any of the 35 channels I get when I want to relax in my recliner and watch a film.

I have been buying Leonard Maltin's movie guide for about the past decade, deciding it was the better bet among those that are available. The best one I've known was published under Stephen Scheuer Movies on TV and Videocassette, 1993-1994, a critic that got out of the film rating business in the mid-1990s. I preferred his opinions over those I get from this book but have come to conclude Maltin's guide is the most reliable among the books available now including those by Roger Ebert Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010 and older editions by various people who tried to publish a film review book consistently but couldn't such as this one DVD & Video Guide 2007 (Video and DVD Guide).

Part of the reason Maltin's book perseveres while others fade is his name recognition; another reason, perhaps not so obvious, is the heavy lifting in the book -- watching the movies and writing the reviews -- is done by a team of reviewers and editors. They don't just watch new movies, either.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jean L. Lewis on December 23, 2010
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The print in this book is too small for me to read without a magnifying glass. Think it would give problem to most readers. Too bad this is only edition Amazon is offering at this time. I will look elsewhere. Had no problem with earlier editions.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Adam Beck on August 4, 2010
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On a first perusal, this appears to be more of the same. There are lots of updates for people who've become more noteworthy over the past few years. Maltin still seems to overvalue his pet older films and undervalue newer offerings. It seems like it's awfully tough for current movies to get a **** rating from him.

For those who are curious, here are his ratings for a few popular hits/award winners new to this edition:

"The Hurt Locker" ***1/2
"Avatar" ***
"Precious" ***
"Up in the Air" ***1/2
"Up" ***1/2
"I Love You Man" **1/2
"The Hangover" ***
"Crazy Heart" ***
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevon Huntley on November 29, 2010
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I like Leonard Maltin and there a lot of listings in this volume, however there are a couple of problems that left me wanting more. Many of the entries are just too short. I was hoping for a bit more information for each title. Lots of plot summaries but not enough actual reviews. There is the star rating system but there's nothing like some explanation to go along with the entry. The other annoying factor is the size of the type. VERY small! I would have gladly paid a bit more for a "Large Type" version of this book so I could see it easier.
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