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Roger Ebert's Favorite, Least Favorite Films

A look at his all-time favorite movies and the films that got his famed thumbs down.



    Roger Ebert's Favorite, Least Favorite Films
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    TORONTO, CANADA: Film critic Roger Ebert gives his trademark thumbs-up as he arrives for the premiere screening of Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke's new film "Training Day" at the Toronto International Film Festival 07 September, 2001. AFP PHOTO J.P. Moczulski (Photo credit should read J.P. MOCZULSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Roger Ebert arguably was the most famous movie critic of all time, reviewing thousands of films over his career. Here's a look at his all-time favorite movies and the films that got his famed thumbs down.

    Favorite Movies

    Casablanca - 1942
    "If we identify strongly with the characters in some movies, then it is no mystery that 'Casablanca' is one of the most popular films ever made."

    The Godfather - 1972
    "The story views the Mafia from the inside. That is its secret, its charm, its spell; in a way, it has shaped the public perception of the Mafia ever since."

    E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial - 1982

    "But when those bikes took off, what a terrific moment! I remember when I saw the movie at Cannes; even the audience there, people who had seen thousands of movies, let out a whoop at that moment."

    The Silence of the Lambs - 1991
    "The popularity of Jonathan Demme's movie is likely to last as long as there is a market for being scared. Like 'Nosferatu,' 'Psycho' and 'Halloween,' it illustrates that the best thrillers don't age.

    Titanic - 1997
    "These shots strike precisely the right note; the ship calls from its grave for its story to be told, and if the story is made of showbiz and hype, smoke and mirrors--well, so was the Titanic."

    Least FavoriteMovies

    Ishtar - 1987
    "'Ishtar' is a truly dreadful film, a lifeless, massive, lumbering exercise in failed comedy."

    Heaven’s Gate - 1981
    "This movie is a study in wretched excess. It is so smoky, so dusty, so foggy, so unfocused and so brownish yellow that you want to try Windex on the screen."

    Kazaam – 1996
    "The filmmakers looked at him [Shaq], saw a tall bald black man, and said 'Hey, he can be a genie!' At which point, somebody should have said, 'OK, that's level one. Now let's take it to level three.'''