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[Remember This?] Gene Siskel’s Merciless Pan Of ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’!

Ah… hindsight. It’s always 20/20. For Gene Siskel I imagine the hindsight in this particular instance came on March 30th, 1992 when The Silence Of The Lambs won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay (adapted).

Of course, there are many Academy Award winning movies I personally can’t stand (Crash being a prime example) and there’s nothing wrong with sticking to your guns just because a bunch people like something you don’t. But still, in this review he has such an amazing amount of disdain for Jonathan Demme’s 1991 masterpiece it’s a little hard to believe. Ebert seems to be fairly on board with the pic, but Siskel can’t stomach any part of it.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this video is that Siskel sort of redeems his argument by championing Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer. Still though… this is crazy talk.



  • unisonruss

    It’s funny, I disagreed with him a lot, and he was wrong a lot. He even gave a thumbs down to The Terminator…and Poltergeist! At least they praised Halloween.

  • Feydakin

    I never give much stock in “professional reviews” no matter who it is… It’s nothing but personal opinion anyhow, so unless I find myself agreeing with a particular persons tastes, I could not possibly care less what their opinion about something is…

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      Totally. I might get scared if too many “professional critics” say a movie is bad, but I still have to see it and judge for myself.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    Why can’t you stand Crash, Evan? I don’t care for that film either, but I was just curious about what makes you dislike it. I just found it a little boring.

  • coldblood

    Siskel always was the pussy of the two.

  • ModernMan

    Gene Siskel seemed to always get it wrong. More times than not, Ebert got it right so I trust him more, although he has been known to miss the boat every now and again.

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