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Roger Ebert on X-Men: The Last Stand

June 7, 2006

I’m always curious about what professional critics think about movies, and I’ve always found Roger Ebert to be one of the best. But his review of X-Men: The Last Stand practically defines slumming. It’s disappointing that a guy who took the Star Wars movies so seriously seems to see the X-Men movies as little more than popcorn flicks.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. bro permalink
    June 7, 2006 6:37 pm

    pure dreck. wesley morris’ review in the globe is far far better

  2. June 7, 2006 7:57 pm

    Agreed. The Boston Phoenix review is pretty good too. Although I will say in general, Wesley Morris is becoming one of my favorite pop critics. His review of MI-3 was beautifully written, insightful and entertaining as hell. He very well may be in the league of Gleiberman.

  3. Bren permalink
    June 8, 2006 1:31 pm

    I may sound kinda dumb here, but I’m not quite seeing what is so bad bout the fat man’sreview.. he does bring up a good point bout having so many mutants–which personally I enjoyed the hell out of– and really this last installment of X Men really was kinda like a popcorn flick, a fucking fantastic one(swearing for emphasis purposes only), but it’s true that this movie was mostly action and not as much substance as the other two…. not knowing what he said about the other two, I have no basis to go on any further

  4. June 9, 2006 7:57 pm

    I had two main problems with Ebert's review:

    1) It's too heavy on description and too light on critical analysis. It doesn't appear if he wants to be bothered to dissect the themes or craftmanship of the movie, which is what good criticism should be about. I like more from my reviews than a simple recommendation; I like insight. Ebert's review is woefully devoid of insight.

    2) Unlike a lot of other elitist pop critics, who reserve their highest recommendations only for arty dramas, Roger Ebert–to his credit–takes big, accessible entertaining movies very seriously. Ebert could go on for days about the virtues of the first two Star Wars movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Spiderman 2.

    So it's a bit shocking to see him writing like a run-of-the-mill elitist, seeing X-Men: The Last Stand as little more than entertaining fluff. When you set a very high standard for yourself, and don't meet that standard, you are, as I said, slumming.

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