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TV Shows - At the Movies

At The Movies is a long-running syndicated film review show. The current hosts are A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips, but the show had its greatest success from 1986 to 1999 when it was hosted by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.

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1 Death of Gene Siskel Roeper is no Siskel, nor are any post-2008 hosts.
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2 The Two Bens How can anyone take Ben Lyons seriously?
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3 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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4 No Siskel, No Ebert, No Roeper Roeper didn't like the show anymore& neither didw
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5 Never Boned Still rocks.
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1 I always watched this show. I always respected the critiques by these two dudes. I didn't always agree with them, but they made interesting arguments. When one gave a thumbs up and the other a thumbs down on a movie, it was fun watching them quarrel and try to convince the other the good points or bad points of a film. -- Submitted By: (Englebert) on February 22, 2014, 1:42 pm - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
2 RIP Siskel & Ebert. Sometimes you guys really made me mad when I was a kid and you trashed movies I liked, but I learned I lot from you guys and I started to agree with you a lot more when I got older. You two were always entertaining and none of your imitators came close to your greatness. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on April 14, 2013, 5:32 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Siskel and Ebert weren't afraid to trash a horrible movie, which is what I liked about them, and they did it with a sense of humor as well. -- Submitted By: (John63btf) on December 16, 2011, 11:24 am - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Thank you,soggy! I liked this earlier incarnation MUCH better because they actually were willing to evaluate each movie on how they liked it rather than worrying about trends or hype. It was sad to see them interviewing celebs and glomming on the Hollywood scene rather than purely considering the individual movies' merits/weaknesses. Though, this decline wasn't as blatant as Leonard Maltin's on TV, it still was painful see them sell out. All that being said, I DO admire the late Gene Siskel's and Roger Ebert's determination to make the best of tragic physical setbacks! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 14, 2011, 3:52 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I frankly preferred the earlier incarnation of the show, Sneak Previews, which aired from 1977 to 1982. Roger and Gene were alot feistier back then, and the show's structure was a bit more to my taste (including the theme music). But I have to agree that Gene's death left an unfillable hole, and while Roeper is plenty articulate and knowledgeable, there was no chemistry to speak of between him and Ebert, and that made the debates alot less interesting for me. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 6:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Siskel & Ebert in Jump The Shark: http://web.archive.org/web/20080628234529rn_1/www.jumptheshark.com/topic/Siskel-Ebert/Siskel-38-Ebert-General-Comments/1799 Ebert & Roeper in Jump The Shark: http://web.archive.org/web/20080501221256rn_1/www.jumptheshark.com/topic/Ebert-Roeper/Ebert-38-Roeper-General-Comments/592 -- Submitted By: (TMC1982) on November 13, 2010, 5:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 i couldnt stand this show as a kid, because the only thing they cared about were "interesting" movies. fun summer movies were panned more times that not. -- Submitted By: (VeritechRyan) on October 19, 2010, 11:12 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
8 The death of Gene Siskel. This program was always at its best when it was the two competing Chicago writers, one for a liberal-leaning paper, the other for a conservative-leaning paper, reviewing films. They both were passionate about movies and had great chemistry together, even (and maybe especially) when they disagreed. Richard Roeper was a good replacement, but he never had the chemistry with Ebert that Siskel did. When the program overhauled the formula completely with the two Bens, it was on its last legs. It was hard to take Ben Lyons, a pretty boy from E Network who got a job thanks to his dad, seriously as a critic, and his chemistry with the other Ben was pretty wooden. Thank God it only lasted one season in this format, but the show was officially cancelled even though the new hosts have been doing a more than acceptable job with the program. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on July 5, 2010, 11:47 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Siskel and Ebert were a great team, they played off each other well, they genuinely loved films to the point that they'd fight over them to defend their ratings. They made "thumbs up/down" a household term. After Gene died, it was never the same. Richard Roeper grew on me, but he's no Gene Siskel. The set got worse too. It was never quite as good during the "Ebert & Roeper" years, though I still watched.Ebert losing his voice, the celebrity guest hosts, and the two Bens sunk it further. It's jumping back with Scott & Phillips, but not enough to save the show. -- Submitted By: (robfrules) on June 19, 2010, 5:50 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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