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  • Series: Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
  • Paperback: 1664 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 Original edition (August 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452298547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452298545
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Maltin's movie guide is still * * * *." - USA Today


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


"I recommend Leonard Maltin's guide, which has become standard." - Roger Ebert's Video Companion

About the Author

Leonard Maltin is one of the country's most repected film historians and critics. He appears regularly on Entertainment Tonight, hosts Secret's Out on Reelz Channel, and introduces movies on DirecTV. He also teaches at USC School of Cinematic Arts. He and his wife Alice are the proud parents of Jessie, who helps her father interpret matters of pop culture.

Customer Reviews

This is an indispensable guide for movie lovers.
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The only other option to finding movies is to use the Kindle search function, which can be very slow if the movie is toward the end of the book.
Westley
Gives a brief synopsis of films as well as directors and actors.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DocJohn on October 12, 2012
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I have used all of the so-called movie guides - this is the one I keep coming back to, at least every other year or so. It is, with the current edition, the concise, yet somehow deep, source I always give credibility to.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mom of8 on November 11, 2012
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The reviews are good as usual but the small format is very annoying on the eyes. I usually get the larger edition.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Powell on September 24, 2012
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Extremely disappointing with the Kindle version.The search function is very slow. To get to a specific movie takes forever. Much faster by a factor of 10 to use the paper version. The same applies to searching for actors. This edition takes no advantage of being digital. Where is the director listing? Why no search by number of stars or by genre. Maybe someone will write an app for this. Otherwise buy paper.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig During on November 19, 2012
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For 2013 Leonard Maltin and team once again provides a reference that movie hounds like me can use to discover new treasures or details about beloved films that are not otherwise easily found. Two minor carps though: (1) the format is narrower and with finer print making this year's edition more difficult to read. (2) As I have noticed in prior years a number of older films are now missing so you may wish to hold onto earlier copies rather than toss them out.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Byford I. Hall Jr. on September 6, 2012
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What's to be said? Year after year this is THE definitive book on almost any movie you can think of.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By keviny01 on June 9, 2013
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This historic reference book is sadly losing its relevance in today's world of IMDB, Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes, and many other movie sites. When Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide was first published in 1969, its thousands of capsule movie reviews were an indispensable reference source when such a comprehensive collection of movie info was rare. The book had its biggest success during the 80s and 90s, when home video sales exploded and movie fans couldn't get enough of renting and buying movies and learning more about them. Many copycat movie guides were also published, but Maltin's book had always remained the benchmark. When multimedia PCs gained popularity in the 90s, Maltin again capitalized on it by teaming up with Microsoft to create an electronic version of his book, Cinemania CD-ROM, which also included Roger Ebert's movie guide and several other movie books, all with fully-searchable text and cross-reference links. It seemed Maltin's Book was poised to transition successfully to the new electronic age. But sadly, that was not to be. In the early days of IMDB and Wikipedia, if you were to tell me that a site that gets info primarily from volunteer online users would one day be more useful than Maltin's book, I would laugh at you. But that's exactly what has happened. As IMDB and Wikipedia grew bigger and bigger, it became apparent that the team of experts who edit Maltin's book would never be able to contribute as much as the millions and millions of volunteers (from movie professionals to regular viewers) who contributed for IMDB and Wiki. Even though errors can occur on IMDB and Wiki, but if an entry has been edited millions of times, the errors are bound to be corrected eventually.Read more ›
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Westley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2012
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For the last 25 years, I have routinely purchased each new iteration of Leonard Maltin's movie guide. Maltin tends to be a rather conservative critic, and I often disagree with his ratings; however, his book remains a must have for its succinct reviews. Of course, in recent years, his guide has lost a bit of luster given all of the information available online instantly about any movie. Nowadays, I purchase the book more out of habit than a true need. In particular, I was disappointed when he started a few years ago deleting more and more older titles (which now appear in a separate "Classic Movie Guide" edition); hence the addition of "Modern Era"" to the title of this volume. Fortunately, the Classic edition will not be updated yearly, so once you purchase that you're set for a few years, but it's still a bit of a hassle.

I was extremely excited, therefore, to see that the 2013 version was finally available for the Kindle! Even though I already had the new 2013 print edition, I purchased the Kindle version. Unfortunately, the guide is extremely difficult to use in this format (I used it on the Kindle Fire). The key to a reference work is being able to quickly find entries, and there is no way to do that with this book. There is a "Table of Contents" which links to each letter of the alphabet. However, if you're searching for a movie starting with "B" and hit the "B," you go to the beginning of the section with no way to sort further, and you have to scroll the rest of the way (or use the location function and estimate where to go next).
The only other option to finding movies is to use the Kindle search function, which can be very slow if the movie is toward the end of the book. It took me four minutes to find the entry for "The Skin I Live In.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven on June 30, 2013
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It's good, but with each new edition he removes reviews that were in earlier editions. Sometimes it says something like "followed by a made for tv sequel" and the sequel isn't reviewed. Now that this is an ebook, there's no reason to still delete reviews for space reasons. Also, he should re-visit movies more often that have been subject to critical reevaluation in the years since he wrote his review, or at least acknowledge it. Ishtar, for example.
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