Q. How is it you can throw one star and a bedpan at a movie like "The Bucket List," and yet after reading your darn review, I wanna see it? Carl Finch, Medford, Ore.
Ebert: I have succeeded. Any review, whether positive or negative, should give the reader a fair idea of what it would be like to see it themselves. I refer you to an actual conversation I once had on the phone:
Caller: "We live near the Wilmette Theatre, which is showing 'Cries and Whispers.' What can you tell us about it?"
Self: "I think it is the best film of the year."
Caller: "Oh, that doesn't sound like anything we'd want to see!"
Friday, January 18, 2008
Reviewing's Secret Ingredient
This is from Roger Ebert's Weekly Answer Man Column: