Remembering Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert
04.04.13 by REELZ
"I'll see you at the movies"
Renowned film critic Roger Ebert has died today at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. He helped bring the joy of movies to America for years with his popular and quotable criticism making him the most influential movie critic in the US.
In 1967 Ebert began writing reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times, but despite their popularity, it was his 30-year television appearance with partner and friend Gene Siskel that really made his reviews accessible to the masses. The weekly review series portrayed their obvious passion for movies and made famous the popular “thumbs up” phrase. Ebert became the first movie critic to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize and was recognized in 2005 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Along with his famous criticisms, Ebert was known for his sheer optimism. In early 2002 he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer leading to the eventual loss of his jaw. Although he was left unable to speak, his passion for movies meant that he maintained a strong review presence. He famously wrote: “You play the cards you’re dealt with” and “I have no pain, I enjoy life, and why should I complain.” His positive attitude is an inspiration to millions. He will be greatly missed.