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KJames199
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Since: 10.12.01
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.26
Went on opening night, thinking that the theatres would be fairly empty with everyone at the park celebrating Canada Day. That was pretty accurate.

The ads made the movie look awesome. It... was not. My expectations were set too high, perhaps? There were a few good scenes, but I found it to be too goofy in parts and pretty dull overall.

It was one of those movies that was both too long and too short at the same time. It dragged on and on and I was ready for it to be over long before it actually was, but at the same time, they didn't take the time to really introduce characters or make me care about any of them. I guess the movie was the right length of time; I just didn't care for what they did with it.

Best part: giggling every time Don Frye was on screen.



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Since: 11.12.01

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.60
I am apparently not watching the right shows (oh who am I kidding, they aren't pimping this on the Food Network or Discovery Channel) but I haven't seen a single promo for this movie. All I know is that it has Johnny Depp and something to do with gangsters. I prefer my Depp strange and/or gothy, so maybe that's why this movie hasn't even shown up on the radar.
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Since: 24.3.02
From: Oshkosh, WI

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.24
I've been hearing about it every day, but that's probably because a bunch of the scenese were filmed here in town. There's a guy who carries a sandwich board around town who apparently made an appearance as a homeless person. I don't care to see how they made Main Street look, so I'll wait for video (or another way).
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Since: 4.1.02
From: Dorchester, Ontario

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.05
Saw it tonight and loved it. The digital photography was just stunningly gorgeous. The story was predictable, since everyone knows what happened to John Dillinger, but it was well-acted and even suspenseful in spite of the known ending.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.26
    Originally posted by Lise
    I am apparently not watching the right shows (oh who am I kidding, they aren't pimping this on the Food Network or Discovery Channel) but I haven't seen a single promo for this movie.
The only place I'd seen promos were trailers at the theatre. I believe the first one I saw was at "Watchmen".

The trailer DOES look awesome, but reviews are mixed (Ebert gave it 3 1/2 stars). I'll be seeing this tomorrow in any case.
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Since: 7.11.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
      Originally posted by Lise
      I am apparently not watching the right shows (oh who am I kidding, they aren't pimping this on the Food Network or Discovery Channel) but I haven't seen a single promo for this movie.
    The only place I'd seen promos were trailers at the theatre. I believe the first one I saw was at "Watchmen".

    The trailer DOES look awesome, but reviews are mixed (Ebert gave it 3 1/2 stars). I'll be seeing this tomorrow in any case.


Ebert scroes out of 4 stars. 3.5 stars is a strong review.



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Since: 10.12.01
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.26
    Originally posted by hansen9j
    Ebert scores out of 4 stars. 3.5 stars is a strong review.
True, but most other reviews I saw of the movie (after the fact) were negative. Plus, ever since he nearly died, Ebert has loved all kinds of crappy movies. His reviews might as well say "Paul Blart: Mall Cop is SO MUCH BETTER than throat cancer, I can barely believe it! *** 1/2"



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.35
    Originally posted by KJames199
      Originally posted by hansen9j
      Ebert scores out of 4 stars. 3.5 stars is a strong review.
    True, but most other reviews I saw of the movie (after the fact) were negative. Plus, ever since he nearly died, Ebert has loved all kinds of crappy movies. His reviews might as well say "Paul Blart: Mall Cop is SO MUCH BETTER than throat cancer, I can barely believe it! *** 1/2"


Ebert has always liked films that other critics attacked. He and Pauline Kael were almost the only champions of the Wild Bunch for example.

He recently eviscerated Transformers 2 for being a big loud stupid waste of time, but praised Land of the Lost for being appropriately goofy.

You don't have to agree with Ebert, but he does tell you why he believes the way that he does. I would agree that the throat cancer did affect him, but only by making Ebert even more Ebert than before.

Also Paul Blart, Mall Cop was brilliant and funny in a way that those ridiculous Wayans spoofs of movie genres could never be.



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Since: 25.2.02

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.26
Yeah, I should have more clearly stated "although Ebert gave it 3 1/2 stars", but oh well.

I saw it. 2 1/2 stars out of four. Would have been a lot more watchable if it were shot on film (or at least proper digital equipment) and maybe if Mann discovered the miracle of the tripod. But still would have been 2 1/2 stars too.
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Since: 21.1.02
From: Boston MA is the rippen'ist town...

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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.86
    Originally posted by Llakor
      Originally posted by KJames199
        Originally posted by hansen9j
        Ebert scores out of 4 stars. 3.5 stars is a strong review.
      True, but most other reviews I saw of the movie (after the fact) were negative. Plus, ever since he nearly died, Ebert has loved all kinds of crappy movies. His reviews might as well say "Paul Blart: Mall Cop is SO MUCH BETTER than throat cancer, I can barely believe it! *** 1/2"


    Ebert has always liked films that other critics attacked. He and Pauline Kael were almost the only champions of the Wild Bunch for example.

    He recently eviscerated Transformers 2 for being a big loud stupid waste of time, but praised Land of the Lost for being appropriately goofy.

    You don't have to agree with Ebert, but he does tell you why he believes the way that he does. I would agree that the throat cancer did affect him, but only by making Ebert even more Ebert than before.

    Also Paul Blart, Mall Cop was brilliant and funny in a way that those ridiculous Wayans spoofs of movie genres could never be.


The other thing to remember about Ebert is when he's giving movies like Paul Blart and Land of the Lost 3 stars, he's saying that it's a 3 star movie of that kind, not that it's a 3 star movie compared to all other movies. He also considers the content of his review more important than the number of stars, which is a system he hates...

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/09/you_give_out_too_many_stars.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Ebert#Style_of_critique_and_personal_tastes





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