At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper Is No More

It looks like the most well-known movie review show on television has finally bitten the dust, and top critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper have decided it’s time to move on to something new. After Gene Siskel’s death in 1999, Richard Roeper was eventually named Ebert’s new right-hand man, and their show At The Movies with Ebert & Roeper started back in 2000. Now this week, it has been announced that after 8 years, At The Movies with Ebert & Roeper is no more.

Disney/ABC reportedly wanted to take the show in a new direction, and Ebert declined to be a part of it. Meanwhile, with Roeper’s contract expiring at the end of this season, a new agreement has not been reached. He said he will be moving on to do another show that “honors the standards established by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert more than 30 years ago”. Details are forthcoming. Ebert, meanwhile, has not appeared on television since 2006, when he was hospitalized for thyroid cancer. It’s sad to see these guys part ways, but I’ll look forward to any of their future projects. What do you think, is this just be a minor speed bump for these guys, or is this the beginning of the end for them, as they pass the torch on to other up and coming critics?

  • Film Junk moves up a couple of places. :D

  • never been a big fan of Ebert. but Roeper is a spot-on critic! I hope that the two of them find something and continue to help the masses find the best in film.

  • I basically stopped watching Ebert & Roper when the Internet was mainstream.

    Easy access to Ebert’s review archives and Library access to a lot of VHS tapes made the show less relevant. Out of morbid curiousity I turned in to the show after Siskel Died, and realized that Disney had glitzed it up and dumbed it down by reducing the amount of actual conversation, although a couple of the guest hosts, particularly Kevin Smith, were entertaining. When Roper came on board, ouch, way more dumbing down and video transitions, and Roper just was not interesting, more of a ET or E! face than anything else. So really, the show died somewhere in the mid-1990s and they are finally pulling the plug in 2008.

    It is certainly fun to browse the video archives of the show from Eberts site though.

    Ebert was always more interesting in Print than on TV.

  • This had to happen eventually. Anyone who has seen Ebert over the past year or so would know that he is not in any shape to be on television, and he probably never will be again. I was never that big a fan of his, but it’s still a shame. At least he brought some intelligent film discussion to the masses.

    But I’ll take Film Junk over him any day.

  • And you know how he put a trademark on the whole “Two Thimbs Up” quote– I think Jay needs to trademark his “It was shit” line. That’s money in the bank.

  • I agree.

  • I think blogs and film websites have also taken away the need for “legitimate” film critics. I think most people just log on to any number of sites daily to get the scoop about the latest movies and reviews. The format the Ebert and Roeper use is somewhat out-dated.

    Even so, sad to see it go.

  • For me a total Bummer! This show was an institution.
    I though Roeper did a great job!

  • I have a feeling that the replacement show is going to be the Access Hollywood meets TMZ of review shows.

  • I hope they still do something together. Maybe another network will pick up the same show different name. I loved it. Roeper is great, and I still read Ebert’s reviews and they’re generally really solid.

  • Matt

    I stopped watching this show after Roeper gave LOTR: FOTR thumbs down and then later changed his mind after a lot of people expressed favorable opinions of the film. Fucking pushover. And both of them thought that Harry Potter was a better film! Good riddance to bad critics.

  • Yea, go figure on all the Roeper love at FilmJunkCentral. The guy was undeserving of that job, he didn’t have that ‘fuck-you Eeb’ vibe that Siskel had (sort of a passive aggressive button pushing that Ebert returned in kind to make for great TV if mediocre film criticism).

    Roeper killed it for me. But then that is old news. Glad Roger Ebert’s typing fingers still work though, even though I agree with him less and less these days, I do like reading his stuff.

  • I stopped watching the show when Roeper join the ranks. He’s just not fun to listen to. At least Siskel and Ebert were entertaining. At this point, I don’t even know what they’re on or on what channel. I just don’t care.

    The announcement now is that Ben Lyons and some other Ben dude will take over with a re-envisioned format (READ: even more dumbed down). Lyons Jr. looks like he’s 19. Does he even know what a movie is?

  • I was just going on about how much I enjoy watching At the Movies, and literally, minutes after praising the show, Ropert said how he was moving on. Ironic and tragic. Yes, the nostalgia of Siskel and Ebert’s sometimes cruel and sometimes hilarious banter still brings a smile to my face, but I found Ropert to be an able and entertaining critic. I found the pairing of Ropert and that bearded guy with the glasses to be a very entertaining pair, with Ropert often times taking a Siskel-like role, disagreeing strongly with his contemporary. Well, I’ll miss this show on Sunday nights, and I’m sure Disney and ABC will put some celebrity gossip show or some other trash in its place. Too bad.

  • Soybomb

    Confirmed: “some other trash in its place”.

  • Larry

    Too bad, I will miss this show. The new one missed the mark badly for me.