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Appreciation

Fellow film critic gives Ebert a final thumbs up

Movie critic Roger Ebert is shown working in his office in Chicago in January 2011. The beloved newspaper and TV reviewer died Thursday of cancer at age 70.
Photographer: Charles Rex Arbogast/The Associated Press
Movie critic Roger Ebert is shown working in his office in Chicago in January 2011. The beloved newspaper and TV reviewer died Thursday of cancer at age 70.
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There was the prodigious mind, of course, the voluminous knowledge of film and the incisive way he could cut to the heart of what made a movie work, or not. But what I’ll remember most and love best about Roger Ebert was his playful side, and an infectious enthusiasm that was astonishingly alive after decades in a business in which it would have been easy — and safe — to be cynical. That optimism extended ...

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