Ebert, nation’s best-known film critic, dies at 70

April 5, 2013 • National News

FILE – In this Wednesday, June 23, 2010 file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert poses in the kitchen of his home in Chicago. Ebert published a cookbook of more than two dozen recipes for the rice cooker called “The Pot and How to Use It.” Ebert, the nation’s best-known film reviewer who with fellow critic Gene Siskel created the template for succinct thumbs-up or thumbs-down movie reviews, died Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Ebert had the most-watched thumb in Hollywood.

With a twist of his wrist, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic rendered decisions that influenced a nation of moviegoers and could sometimes make or break a film.

The heavy-set writer in the horn-rimmed glasses teamed up on television with Gene Siskel to create a format for criticism that proved enormously appealing in its simplicity: uncomplicated reviews that were both intelligent and accessible and didn’t talk down to ordinary movie Login to read more

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