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Product Details

  • Series: Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide (Mass Market)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1664 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; 2003 ed edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451206495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451206497
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,383,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Like a movie-land version of our ever-expanding universe, this massive home reference continues its inexorable growth. The latest edition adds 300 recent video, DVD and laserdisc releases to its nearly 19,000 entries on mostly American films. Film critic and historian Maltin presides over a stable of reviewers whose often tart capsule reviews are dedicated to holding the line against ratings inflation in the 21st century, "a time of creative bankruptcy in Hollywood." Beleaguered parents will find helpful warnings about sexual content and violence, and can turn to a list of "100+ Recommended Family Films" to settle video-rental disputes. Entries for multi-film video anthologies, together with filmographies of famous actors and a list of specialty video mail-order companies, will assist those looking to put together their own private film festivals. Movie buffs may occasionally raise their eyebrows at Maltin's assessments (Boys Don't Cry and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves both get two and a half stars) but his methodology-judging a movie against what it could have been and what it wanted to be-is ultimately an extremely sound one.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A book you must buy. -- Esquire

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

The biggest and the best. Head and shoulders above the rest. -- New York Times

Customer Reviews

You have to "next page" quite a bit to find what you're looking for.
F. Davie
I always agree with his opinions, I think because Maltin REALLY LOVES film, and is so very knowledgable about them.
Mary R. Bentley
Leonard Maltin has been publishing his annual movie guide for well over 20 years, and it keeps improving.
Westley

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Illenberg on September 1, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Of all the movie guides that I looked at, Leonard Maltin's is thje most thorough for the price. The movies are rated from four stars to bomb. TV movies are rated above average, average and below average. Each review contains a synopsis of the movie as well as its good and bad points. There is a cast list as well as the running time. Leonard Maltin also contains information on the various hollywood film series such as Andy Hardy, Blonde and Tarzan. He also has a list of sources for ordeing videos.
People have complained about the alphabetized listings. The movies are listed as if their is no space between words. Maltin explains this in the begining of the guide.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By albertatamazon on November 11, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been buying Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide for quite some time now. While not as articulate as say, Roger Ebert or the late, great, Pauline Kael and James Agee, he is highly readable, and occasionally, very funny. He does show a marked partiality, as I do, for old films and for the great stars of the Golden Age of the '30's and '40's, as well as for shorter films vs. longer ones. (It was common in those days for films to run 90 minutes or less, to accomodate a double feature. This made it necesary for storylines to move faster, of course, and that is what appeals to Maltin, with a few exceptions---he gives high marks to the 1935 "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "David Copperfield", among others).

While I find his negative reviews of the excellent "Amadeus", the 1984 "Carmen", "The Red Violin", and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" hard to stomach, it is blatantly unfair to slam Maltin for not liking your favorite film. That is the right and privilege of any critic, and if others don't share his opinion, that's just too bad. I often, but not always, agree with his judgements--"Lord of the Rings" deserved a higher rating, and the latest "Count of Monte Cristo" a lower one, IMHO. However, Maltin seems to be completely free of that self-importance that afflicts so many major film critics, who try to prove that they are oh-so-trendy and intellectual. His reviews are direct and honest, and he is not afraid to puncture holes in recent independent films that gain ardent followings simply because their pseudo-intellectual posturings impress critics.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Olly Buxton on January 1, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love Leonard Maltin's movie guide. I had a 1998 edition, which was probably one of the most thumbed books in my house, and finally rewarded myself to upgrading to the latest, 2003 version. What inevitably happens is this: I go to look up one film, and on the way, flicking through the pages, see another. That makes me think of a third which I then start to look for, but then I see a fourth... and before you know it, and hour has passed and I've completely forgotten which movie it was I was looking up in the first place. A very organic way of reading, and thoroughly, personally recommended as a way of passing the time waiting for your two-year old son to fall asleep!
This is a terrific resource: Maltin and his team of editors have a huge knowledge of the history of cinema, and the small amount of text which is afforded to each entry (by necessity - there are something like 14,000 movies reviewed - is unfailingly to the point - curt, in many cases - and gives a very good flavour of the reviewer's view of the movie.
The reviews, and star ratings, are very tough indeed, and in no sense does Maltin concede to public (or fashionable) opinion: if he doesn't like a film, no matter how well regarded it may be, he'll mark it down. Blade Runner, for example, gets just two stars our of four, while Memento, in my view a fantastic film and one which I've never heard a bad word said against, avoids the dreaded "BOMB" rating by just half a star. While often times you may not agree with this rating, you do have to respect Maltin's integrity.
There are one or two items I would mention (although, as Maltin would say, why carp?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William McNeill on November 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You might not agree with all his reviews, but you'll certainly appreciate his learned opinion. I love having this book near my tv so I can quickly gauge which movie on cabel is worth my time. Once you get to know Leonard's style, you can gauge it to your own and then be able to tell what movie you'll like based on what he says.
My friends love it too. Now when we're watching a movie, one of them will inevitably ask "What did Leonard say?" and we'll go look it up. I also love the adjectives he uses to describe movies like "stupefyingly unwatchable" and "So mesmerizingly awful it actually improves (so to speak) with each viewing."
My only criticism is actually with the book's format. The mass market edition is so thick and the type is so small, it's not as much fun to read. If available, I would recommend the larger format. Unless you're going to cart it around every day! Then you might want the smaller book.
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