Rereading Roger Ebert’s reviews reveals an undeniable humanity behind those words. However, all human beings are flawed and Roger Ebert made some terrible judgments whilst reviewing some classic movies. This list will cover great/entertaining movies that he didn’t like- ranging from zero stars all the way to two stars. Sometimes, he misjudged the film’s merits and wrote genuinely awful reviews (don’t read his abysmal review of The Elephant Man- it is downright discriminatory!)
Some of the films listed here are truly great movies that have transcended time’s tests beautifully – Dogville (2003), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Harold And Maude (1971), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Brazil (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), etc. Others are underrated gems that deserve a second look – Mommie Dearest (1981), Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980), Ice Castles (1978), Alligator (1980), Eating Raoul (1982), Mars Attacks! (1996), Starship Troopers (1997), Paulie (1998), Josie And The Pussycats (2001), etc. However, there are admittedly some guilty pleasures hidden amongst these treasures- Color of Night (1994), Grease 2 (1982), Timecop (1994), Cyborg (1989), etc. I even included some controversial films that I will eagerly defend- Pink Flamingos (1972), I Spit On Your Grave (1978), Showgirls (1995), etc. In sort, I included all forms of movies within this Anti-Great Movies List – Roger Ebert’s idea of hellish garbage translates to my slice of heavenly delights.
Since I will be making some controversial decisions here, don’t freak out if I praise a film that you yourself hated. It’s okay to have differing opinions; I’m just writing this list to unleash some lingering discomfort that I had after reading some of Ebert’s worst reviews. I also won’t include any bad films that he gave a positive review to here; if he likes something, I’m happy that he has a joy that I don’t have. Plus, Ebert has the full right to hate a movie I genuinely love and to love a movie I genuinely hate. However, I also have the right to make fun of his arrogance towards horror movies, his easy-to-offend nature towards uncomfortable material, and his overall tendency to over rely on his emotion when he ought to check that emotion every once in a while. Sorry, Roger- I love you and all that you represent, but you’re still human and thus still made some horrific mistakes…Read less