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President Obama RESPONDS To Death Of Legendary Film Critic Robert Ebert At Age 70

After a troublesome battle with skin cancer the legendary film critic Robert Ebert died at age 70. Ebert, who reviewed movies for the Chicago Times for 46 years, was highly known in his career to make or break movies with his popular thumbs up or thumbs down alongside his partner Gene Siskel.

The Chicago Times reported his death on Thursday saying:

For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.

“No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”

Ebert, 70, who reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, and who was without question the nation’s most prominent and influential film critic, died Thursday in Chicago. He had been in poor health over the past decade, battling cancers of the thyroid and salivary gland.

He lost part of his lower jaw in 2006, and with it the ability to speak or eat, a calamity that would have driven other men from the public eye. But Ebert refused to hide, instead forging what became a new chapter in his career, an extraordinary chronicle of his devastating illness that won him a new generation of admirers. “No point in denying it,” he wrote, analyzing his medical struggles with characteristic courage, candor and wit, a view that was never tinged with bitterness or self-pity.

Even President Obama responded to the death of the famous Chicago native: 

“For a generation of Americans — especially Chicagoans — Roger was the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive — capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical.”


1 Comment

  1. HollywoodHiccups

    April 7, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Such sad news! RIP1

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