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PEOPLE's Film Critic: How Roger Ebert Changed the Way We See Movies | Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert Changed How We See Movies, Says PEOPLE's Film Critic

Originally posted 04/05/2013 02:30PM

If it seems like a friend has died, that's because Roger Ebert made us feel like we knew him. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose columns read like letters from a pal. He sat next to Gene Siskel on Sneak Previews and At the Movies, but it felt like he was just on the other end of our couches.

He democratized film criticism, fought passionately for better movies and showed us what living – and dying – with grace really meant.

If that's not a friend, then maybe I'm unclear on the definition.

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