5 Movies Robert Ebert Hated
Legendary film critic Robert Ebert died at the age of 70, yesterday. Here’s a look at some great movies he hated.
‘It’s macho porn — the sex movie Hollywood has been moving toward for years, in which eroticism between the sexes is replaced by all-guy locker-room fights. Women, who have had a lifetime of practice at dealing with little-boy posturing, will instinctively see through it; men may get off on the testosterone rush.’
‘The result is a horrible mess of a movie, without shape, trajectory or purpose–a one joke movie, if it had one joke. The two characters wander witlessly past the bizarre backdrops of Las Vegas (some real, some hallucinated, all interchangeable) while zonked out of their minds. Humor depends on attitude. Beyond a certain point, you don’t have an attitude, you simply inhabit a state.’
‘Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ is an ideological mess, a paranoid right-wing fantasy masquerading As an Orwellian warning. It pretends to oppose the police state and forced mind control, but all it really does is celebrate the nastiness of its hero, Alex.’
‘In Jake Gyllenhaal, he finds an actor able to suggest an intriguing kind of disturbance; the character is more curious than frightened, more quixotic than eccentric, and he sets a nice tone for the movie. But somehow the control fades in the closing scenes, and our hands, which have been so full, close on emptiness. ‘Donnie Darko’ is the one that got away. But it was fun trying to land it.’
‘Now that we know Quentin Tarantino can make a movie like ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ it’s time for him to move on and make a better one. This film, the first from an obviously talented writer-director, is like an exercise in style.’