A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length (book review)

Another book review from The Movie Snob.

A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck, by Roger Ebert (2012).  When I read a book of movie reviews, I frequently skip the reviews of good movies I’ve never seen, so as to avoid spoilers.  But that wasn’t a problem when I read this one—I read it cover to cover!  Actually, this book’s title (which is drawn from Ebert’s review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) overpromises a little bit.  This collection covers not only truly terrible movies, but also plenty of movies that my fellow critic gave one and a half or even two full stars.  Ebert even admits in the foreword that “[s]ome of the films herein are only fairly bad.”  Nevertheless, the reviews are all enjoyable.  I can’t resist quoting another line from the book, which I have quoted before.  In Ebert’s review of National Treasure: Book of Secrets, he lists off several members of the cast, which included Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, and Harvey Keitel, and concludes, “You could start with a cast like that and make one of the greatest movies of all time, which is not what happened here.”

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