Roger Ebert is one of the most well respected, liked and famous movie critics who has ever lived, and he spent four decades helping us refine our cinematic palates by telling us why movies deserve a thumbs up or a thumbs down.
Mr. Ebert did not mince words, and sometimes his reviews were so perfectly scathing they gave the film a bad rep before most people had even seen it.
He wasn’t afraid to go against the opinion of the masses, like when he called Michael Bay’s Armageddon “an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained”, or his review of beloved cult classic Hocus Pocus “The witches in this one inspired my silent cry, ‘Get me out of here!”
However, peruse this list of 22 Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated and you’ll see that his hate list is overwhelmingly right on the money!
Behold his review of M. Night Shmalayan's The Village:
“Eventually the secret of Those, etc., is revealed. It’s a crummy secret, about one step up the ladder of narrative originality from It Was All a Dream. It’s so witless, in fact, that when we do discover the secret, we want to rewind the film so we don’t know the secret anymore. And then keep on rewinding, and rewinding, until we’re back at the beginning, and can get up from our seats and walk backward out of the theater and go down the up escalator and watch the money spring from the cash register into our pockets.”