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Film critic’s legacy will change the world of movie reviews

EDITORIAL

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2013 23:04

The world said goodbye, Thursday, to one of the most well-known movie reviewers.

Roger Ebert, who celebrated his 46th anniversary of being a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, Wednesday, passed away after a long battle with thyroid and salivary gland cancer.

He had just made the announcement that his cancer had returned two days prior to his death.

Ebert was notorious for reviewing films harshly, and praising the ones he felt deserved to be seen. Many people took his reviews seriously, and based whether or not they would see movies on Ebert’s thoughts about the film.

America lost a great man and journalist, Thursday. His death, although not necessarily sudden, shocked a community of movie lovers around the world.

His way with words and his ability to review almost every mainstream film released over the past 40 years has changed the world of critics, and one can hardly mention widespread movie reviews without Ebert being mentioned.

It is difficult to not admit how impressive that is.

At 70 years old, Ebert spent more than half of his life reviewing films for the Chicago publication, as well as around the world.

Ebert’s reviews are respected by nearly every movie buff who has ever heard of him. Although they may disagree with him at some points, it is difficult to ever say he is completely wrong.

It is likely that it will be a long time before the world sees a film critic as successful and well known as Roger Ebert. He left a legacy on this world, and is someone film lovers could consider a role model.

At the end of Ebert’s final blog post, he announced he was going to slow down reviewing films just to focus on the ones he wanted to critique. He also thanked his readers for going on his journey with him.

No, Mr. Ebert. Thank you, and we will see you at the movies.

 

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