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2.0 out of 5 stars The Series is drawing very thin, November 4, 2010
This review is from: The Great Movies III (Hardcover)
I have always enjoyed Roger Ebert's reviews. While I can't say I agree with all of them, I do find that he is open minded and more willing to explain his dislike for a certain film than most critics. I have enjoyed the previous two versions of this book but I find that as he writes more and more of them, he needs to go deeper into the pool to pull out substantial movies.

While I enjoyed several of the movies he listed here some of them are just plain over rated and designed strictly to be enjoyed by critics and not audiences. All in all this is a weak book and I would recommend you get it from the library rather than buy it.
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Initial post: Jul 8, 2011 3:05:25 PM PDT
I don't think Sheehy is being fair to Ebert. Not having read yet Vol. III, I'm at a distinct disadvantage. Maybe Sheehy is right, in that this is the weakest of the three books. If so, there maybe plausable and defensible reasons for a weaker book. For example, during this review period, maybe the films, in general, were of lesser quality. Or maybe his well-known severe health issues affected his ability to give readers the incisive and critical movie reviews that we have come to expect from Ebert. Or perhaps Sheehy is simply off the mark, and Ebert's Vol. III is about the same quality as his prior two books in this series.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 7:18:44 PM PDT
An Old-Timer says:
If every movie has to be of the quality of "The Godfather Pt II", "My Man Godfrey", "The Last Picture Show", "The Big Red One", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Easy Rider", "Cool Hand Luke", "The Great Dictator", "Howard's End", "Inherit the Wind", "Last Tango in Paris", "Out of the Past", etc etc, otherwise it would be better if this book had never been published, I wonder if the first two books should have been published either, since every selection couldn't have been of the same quality. Perhaps it's all a matter of taste. The titles mentioned are not there because the critics say they should be. I think he would have no trouble finding enough titles to fill a 4th volume (if he was physically able) or even more without any trouble.
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