Legendary movie critic Roger Ebert died April 4. He was not only the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, but one of the only critics known to the general public. Here, his fans remember him.
Roger Ebert. Clear-eyed dreamer, king of the written word… http://t.co/EqCEGzKSA8
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert. Millions of thumbs up for you. RIP
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 4, 2013
we lost a thoughtful writer, i remember my first review from him, pi (i got his and siskel's thumbs) it was a career highlight. #rogerebert
— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) April 4, 2013
Thanks Mr. Ebert.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) April 4, 2013
A sincere RIP, Mr. Ebert, from this Chicago boy.
— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) April 4, 2013
Siskel & Ebert almost single-thumbedly made Hoop Dreams a thing. If they'd never done anything else, they'd still be indie film legends.
— Roadside Attractions (@roadsidetweets) April 4, 2013
Movies are human documents. They show us our soul. Roger Ebert taught me that. Rest in peace.
— Cameron Bailey (@cameron_tiff) April 4, 2013
Ebert was singular. We are all in his shadow and his debt.
— 32 across (@aoscott) April 4, 2013
R.I.P. Roger Ebert. One of the greats in his field. I'm very sad.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) April 4, 2013
One cannot overstate the importance of @ebertchicago to film history. He was a one-man movie appreciation machine, and tireless to the end.
— Ira Deutchman (@nyindieguy) April 4, 2013
Rest in Peace, Roger. You were simply the best.
— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert – an uncynical lover of the movies. Two thumbs pointing up to the sky.
— Marc Webb (@MarcW) April 4, 2013
Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford said in a statement:
“From the mightiest blockbuster to the smallest independent film, Roger Ebert devoted his career to sharing his love of film with generations of moviegoers. The role of critics is to call them as they see them and Roger did so with integrity. In more than four decades of honest review of our films, Roger demanded excellence – but recognized directorial achievements. For his dedication and service to the craft, in 2009, the DGA awarded him our Honorary Life Member Award. He will be deeply missed.”
Ebert is also remembered by fellow Chicagoan President Obama, who Tweeted:
"The movies won't be the same without Roger." —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 4, 2013