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Roger Ebert is on the way back

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 3rd 2007 5:21PM

EbertI still watch Ebert & Roeper, even though Roger Ebert has not been on the show for several months since he had complications following salivary gland surgery. The show isn't the same. It's not that the revolving series of film critics they have sitting next to Richard Roeper (A.O. Scott, David Edelstein, David Poland, director Kevin Smith, actress Aisha Tyler and actor Fred Willard, among others) haven't been interesting (if an odd mix), it's just that they're not Roger Ebert, and his prescence is sorely missed.

But he's on the mend. As Ebert himself says in this Chicago Sun-Times piece, he's feeling better, doing rehab in Florida, and he plans to attend (though not MC) his annual Overlooked Film Festival at the end of April at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He's celebrating 40 years as a movie critic, and has a new book out now, Your Movie Sucks, which is about bad movies (his other book about bad flicks, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie, was quite good). Hopefully he'll be back to the show later this year or next year.

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Brent McKee

I won't describe Roger Ebert as "the pre-eminent film critic" as that would lump him among such people as Pauline Kael, and I'm not sure that what he does fits him into that category. I doubt that Roger has ever entered into a detailed discussion of "auteur theory" in his entire career, for which I for one am truly grateful. I will however award him what I think is an accolade that describes what he does - he is North America's pre-eminent film reviewer. His work, both in the newspapers and on television, is both accessible to the average reader/viewer and more importantly gives his audience the information that we need to know to make decisions on the movies that we go to see. That's what Roger Ebert does so much better than just about any of his competition.

April 04 2007 at 3:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To me, Roger Ebert is still the preeminent film critic. Whenever a new film came out, I would check his review first. It's sad to see that he has been out of commission for so long.

I caught Ebert & Roeper last week, for the first time in a long time, and was wondering how he was doing. It sounds like he still has a long way to go and I wish him all the best.

April 03 2007 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

I hope Roger is back really soon. He has been sorely missed. I too was wondering if his recovering was going ok or not? Glad to hear he is doing better.

April 03 2007 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I totally agree, I've missed him in that other seat. I've been a fan of his since the old PBS days, and if losing Siskel wasn't bad enough, his extended absence did nothing but make me wonder if he was really doing well or not. Glad to hear he is!

April 03 2007 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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