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12 movies Roger Ebert hated, but we all love!

  • Roger Ebert reviewed movies for the Chicago-Sun Times from 1967 until his death in 2013
  • 'Life Itself,' a documentary about Ebert's career, opens on July 4
12 movies Roger Ebert hated, but we all love!

For almost 50 years, we all turned to Roger Ebert for his film reviews, trusting him to tell us whether we should spend our hard-earned dollars at the theater on any given week.

But even a movie pro can get it wrong every now and then -- it is just his opinion after all. 

I mean, he didn't like “Hocus Pocus"?? What does he watch during the month of October??

Here are 12 fan favorites that didn't get anywhere near close to 4 stars from Ebert.

1. "The Usual Suspects”

1 ½ stars

“It was, however, somewhat reassuring at the end of the movie to discover that I had, after all, understood everything I was intended to understand. It was just that there was less to understand than the movie at first suggests.”


2. “A Clockwork Orange”

2 stars

"Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" is an ideological mess, a paranoid right-wing fantasy masquerading As an Orwellian warning.


3. “Zoolander”

1 star

“There have been articles lately asking why the United States is so hated in some parts of the world. As this week's Exhibit A from Hollywood, I offer "Zoolander.”


4. “Splash”

1 ½ stars

“It's too bad the relentlessly conventional minds that made this movie couldn't have made the leap from sitcom to comedy.”


5. “Footloose”

1 ½ stars

“Footloose" is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly. It wants to tell the story of a conflict in a town, it wants to introduce some flashy teenage characters, and part of the time it wants to be a music video.“


6. “Three Amigos”

1 star

“This movie is too confident, too relaxed, too clever to be really funny.”


7. “Raising Arizona”

1 ½ stars

“I have a problem with movies where everybody talks as if they were reading out of an old novel about a bunch of would-be colorful characters.”


8. “Dirty Dancing”

1 star

“The movie turns out to be a tired and relentlessly predictable story of love between kids from different backgrounds.”


9. “Hocus Pocus”

1 star

“Watching the movie is like attending a party you weren't invited to, and where you don't know anybody, and they're all in on a joke but won't explain it to you.”


10. “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”

1 star

“I found the movie a long, unfunny slog through an impenetrable plot. Kids might like it. Real little kids.”


11. “The Wedding Singer”

1 star

“Did anybody, at any stage, gave the story the slightest thought? The plot is so familiar the end credits should have issued a blanket thank-you to a century of Hollywood lovecoms.”


12. "Fight Club" 
2 stars 

"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."


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