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A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck (Roger Ebert's Movies that Suck)

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Roger Ebert's I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie and Your Movie Sucks, which gathered some of his most scathing reviews, were best-sellers. This new collection continues the tradition, reviewing not only movies that were at the bottom of the barrel, but also movies that he found underneath the barrel.

A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length collects more than 200 of his re

Paperback, 373 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published February 7th 2012)
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Roger Ebert’s third collection of zero-star to two-star movie reviews. Delightful.

All About Steve . . . is billed as a comedy but more resembles a perplexing public display of irrational behavior.”

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1: “The dialogue seems to have been ripped throbbing with passion from the pages of Investor’s Business Daily.

Battle: Los Angeles: “Here’s a science-fiction film that’s an insult to the words ‘science’ and ‘fiction,’ and the hyphen in between them.”

Burlesque: “Other people age. C
Aug 11, 2012 Traci rated it liked it
No need to go into a plot summary here as this book is a straight-forward as it gets. Film critic Ebert has collected over 200 of his reviews dating back to 2006 and published them in this fun book. The title comes from his review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I don't know if he purposely used this phrase or not, but I was immediately reminded of a movie and a book title fused together to come up with the phrase: the wonderfully cinematic The Unbearable Lightness of Being and the book ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
I review this mainly to annouce to anyone who might not know but needs to: library patron Wayne Omura has written a book! It's called Movies and the meaning of life : the most profound films in cinematic history and I am tickled to death that he singled me out one night to let me know. It is not an option on Goodreads, but if you're a DPL person, you can put it on hold. Reading this concurrently with Ebert, it turns out that Mr. Omura is not as funny as he is, but he nonetheless has some excelle ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Bad-at-reading rated it liked it
This one isn't as good as the other two in the series. There's less of the lovable attitude that a bad movie is a learning experience and more that it's just a waste of time. Hollywood is making fewer truly big films and turning to formula more often as they try to get back the profits they've lost to piracy and video games and such. Crap film just isn't what it used to be. Nowadays it feels like a blessing for something jaw-droppingly crazy-bad like Southland Tales to come along once every two ...more
Stewart Tame
Jul 14, 2015 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it
On the one hand, any collection of Roger Ebert's work is worth reading. But on the other, this book has a rather low (or high, depending on how you look at it) threshold of suck. Many of these are two star reviews. So on a scale of zero to four stars, anything two or less sucks? Since he gives half stars, that's four possible ratings that don't suck out of nine total. Assuming a Bell curve distribution, that's an awful lot of sucking. Since this is the third volume of such films, I suspect that ...more
May 27, 2014 Marlowe rated it really liked it
Ebert was unusual amongst film critics in that his star rating did not necessarily reflect his opinion of a film's worth, particularly in his two-star and below reviews - in fact, the subeading of this book is a little misleading as there are many films contained in this excellent book that he did not consider sucky.

As usual Ebert includes personal ruminations and memory-jolts in his reviews, adding the human touch whilst still containing technical considerations - it is these technical conside
Jan 10, 2014 Yael rated it it was amazing
A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies that Suck is a collection of critiques by film critic Roger Ebert of fatally flawed films. Using a system of stars -- half-star, star, star-and-a-half, two stars -- plus the "NOT" symbol (a circle overlain by a slash, to indicate "don't go there," to indicate films nobody should see, e.g., The Human Centipede and The Human Centipede 2), he delivers dissections of his prey that are witty, insightful, frequently hilarious, and occasionally de ...more
Carrie Mansfield
Jun 27, 2015 Carrie Mansfield rated it liked it
If I had to recommend one book of the "Movies that Suck" series it would be the first one: Ebert was both witty and angry. Here, Ebert just seems kind of resigned. On the one hand, I suppose it is a mark of maturity that he's not so angry now. On the other hand, you'll struggle to remember that many of these movies even existed and that extra bit of vitriol gave you a reason to be a bit more vested in the reviews themselves.

I can still recommend this because Ebert was a brilliant writer, but if
Aug 20, 2014 Joanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: poplore, 2010s, amurika
I read only the movies that I was familiar with, Atlas Shrugged, Thor, Fanboys, Basic Instinct 2, yadda yadda. Entertaining but not particularly enlightening, which is... to be expected I suppose. But I did expect funny, passionate "I hate this movie, so so much" reviews instead of like, grumpy get-off-my-lawn rants. Instead of "A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length" the title should be like, "Meh. I don't get why you kids like these things."
J Lopez
May 28, 2016 J Lopez rated it liked it
Roger Ebert has an interesting way of writing. All of his sentences seem to be about the same length. There's something plainspoken and simplistic about it, without being condescending. I'm reminded of Isaac Asimov for some reason. He also has a deep and insightful understanding of cinema. Helpfully broken down into small digestible bites. Bottom line, I'd recommend this quick and easy read.
Apr 01, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Mediazombie Robinson
Shelves: books-and-movies
A really nice collection of Ebert's movie reviews for movies he felt were on the failing side. He and I almost always have the same opinion on movies so I enjoy both his opinion and the seemingly effortless way he writes them. I've read his first two collections of bad movie reviews (I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie and Your Movie Sucks), would love to read the next.

We disagreed on THOR (I had so much fun at this movie but he only gave it 1.5 stars - did we watch the same thing?) and YOUR HIGHNE
Darla Ebert
Sep 29, 2015 Darla Ebert rated it it was amazing
Even if one does not always agree with Roger Ebert's assessments of any given movie, it is hard not to acquiesce to/with his reasoning and innate wisdom.
And I found myself bursting into helpless laughter again and again. I liked that the author could re-focus my own summations and make me see them in a different light.
Nathan Shumate
Jun 21, 2016 Nathan Shumate rated it liked it
I don't think Ebert was a great writer, nor do I think that he had some special insight into film. But occasionally he turns a phrase in these two-star-or-less reviews that I want to highlight, underline, or just plain plaster on my walls.
Sebastian Zavala
Oct 22, 2015 Sebastian Zavala rated it it was amazing
Much like its predecesor, it's a hilarious, well-written and interesting book. Curiously enough, many of the movies exposed in here are merely mediocre (and not necessarily terrible), which creates a nice contrast between reviews. Ebert was always at his best when talking about great movies or horrible ones, which makes this book a really entertaining read.
Mar 14, 2012 Lostshadows rated it really liked it
First, I'd just like to say that this book doesn't live up to it's title. :)

As for the contents of the book, if you like Ebert's reviews, especially at his snarkyist, you will probably like this book.

It does, however, share a problem I had with his earlier Your Movie Sucks. The first book of bad reviews, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie, seems to be a cherry picked collection of two-star and under reviews, ranging from the beginning of his career to the point when the collection was assembled. T
Jul 17, 2013 Brett rated it liked it
Solid compilation of 2 and 1 star reviews. He even had a zero star in there. I was hoping for more caustic prose- I really wanted him to stick it to some of these movies- but of course he takes the high road even for these films. He definitely took his craft seriously. Some of his comparisons and metaphors were pretty sophisticated. He likes to throw his film and world knowledge around. He elevated his reviews with solid word craft. I suggest going to and reading the last entry of ...more
John Orman
Mar 09, 2013 John Orman rated it really liked it
Ebert skewers about 200 more bad movies!

Eagle Eye: "The film contains not a single plausible moment." I kind of liked it for it's implausibility. Maybe one day it could be plausible, with advances in technology?

Eat Pray Love: "A Harlequin novel crossed with a mystic travelogue."

The Green Hornet: "An almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about."

Quantum os Solace: "Worst title of a James Bond movie, except for Never Say Never Again. Bond is not an action hero!"

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Feb 11, 2016 Neri. rated it really liked it
Terrible, and not so bad, movies are brutaly made fun of in this hillarious book.
Jan 07, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Continuing the tradition that began with "I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie", this book is a collection of Roger Ebert's most scathing reviews for films released from 2006 to the present. The title references his review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the Michael Bay explosion-fest that I readily admit I enjoyed. He also savages films that audiences expected more from, like M. Night Shayamalan's adaptation of the animated series, The Last Airbender. If you like snark (fans of MST3K and Ri ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Kirsten rated it really liked it
This is a collection of Roger Ebert's reviews of recent movies earning two stars or fewer. There's some hilarious bits here and it's a great deal of fun. Ebert is also occasionally spot-on in questioning the deeper social implications of some of the films; I thought his review of the remake of "I Spit on Your Grave" was particularly good, and gets right to the heart of what makes the film troubling. This is a great book to have lying around to dip into occasionally, or as a reference, and I also ...more
Mar 11, 2015 David rated it liked it
The earlier collections of Ebert's reviews of bad movies were able to cherry-pick the most awful films; this edition seems limited to reviews of films released between 2006 until 2011. As a result some films are included which don't necessarily "suck" (as per the title) but are just 2-star efforts, mediocre and middling and probably not deserving to be in here. But I should stop complaining, because even when he's wrong (e.g. The Mist [2 stars smh], Sunshine Cleaning) he proves a delight to read ...more
May 16, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Two-star reviews (of which there were many in this book) just don't inspire the level of vitriol necessary for a really entertaining review. In fact, I found myself wanting to see a lot of those movies and finding that I'd seen a lot of two-star movies that were pretty good. (Granted, I am fairly artless these days when it comes to choosing films.) That said, I was mostly entertained.
Missie Kay The Book Fix
Sep 03, 2014 Missie Kay The Book Fix rated it it was amazing
There's a good reason that Ebert is probably the best-known movie critic of all time. His turns of phrase, his concise wittiness, are brilliant.
May 19, 2012 Mallory rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
I got this book the same day I found out about it. With this book and its past predecessors, I would just flip through the reviews and find ones I'd like to read (although I disagree with him sometimes like with LXG, featured in Your Movie Sucks).
J. Bryce
Oct 03, 2012 J. Bryce rated it liked it
If I'd seen more of the movies I'd have rated it higher (3 out of five), but I wasn't interested in reading the reviews of things I haven't seen and have little interest in seeing -- maybe I'm just not in the mood to do so.
Apr 19, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, film
Thank you Roger Ebert, from the bottom of my heart, for seeing these films so that I am spared from doing so. Though there are a few that I disagree with you on, you at least reviewed these stinkers honestly and fairly.
Apr 13, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
It's a book of collected reviews. Ebert's style is always great but if you've read these reviews when they were originally published there's no reason to read the book.
Margaret Heller
Jun 17, 2013 Margaret Heller rated it really liked it
These are all recent reviews, up until last year. So sad that he will be unable to review the undoubtedly equally bad sequels that have and will come along.
Jul 27, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
More Ebert vitriol that's a hoot to read when you're in the mood for pan reviews.
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Roger Joseph Ebert was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic and screenwriter.

He was known for his weekly review column (appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and later online) and for the television program Siskel & Ebert at the Movies, which he co-hosted for 23 years with Gene Siskel. After Siskel's death in 1999, he auditioned several potential replacements, ultimately choo
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