"The reason we're devoting a half an hour to this woman is that she's extraordinary and special. That's her quality." - Gene
Siskel and Ebert review Barbra's performance in The
Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
April 4, 2013
Chicago-Sun Times, Ebert shot to fame when he and rival columnist Gene Siskel (who passed away in 1999) teamed up for a 23 year run of
"Barbra Streisand could do a lot more than sing. From her first moment on the screen when she says that great line, 'Hello, Gorgeous,' it was clear that she was a very funny lady, an actress who projected intelligence, a quick wit, and could put a twist on a line with perfect timing."
So whether it was "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" on a particular Barbra Streisand film performance, Roger Ebert had complete respect for her film career and always recognized her as one of the world's preeminent stars of motion pictures.
& Ebert's 1987 episode on the films and career of Barbra
Streisand has finally been posted online.
March 16, 2010
When Gene Siskel
and Roger Ebert
gave "two thumbs
up" to a new
made. During the
day, Siskel &
Ebert were local movie critics for rivaling Chicago city newspapers. Siskel
Roger Ebert held the same post at the
But it was their television collaboration that turned them into the most famous
and powerful film critics in the nation.
In 1975, these
two dynamos of
national in 1979,
renamed show, "At the Movies" was must-see
viewing for both
fans for nearly 20
years. We all
grew up with
In 1987, Siskel
& Ebert devoted an entire program to one subject: The Career and Films of Barbra
Streisand. For a solid 30 minutes, Siskel & Ebert reviewed Barbra
entire catalogue of films, all fourteen of them up to that point. Their
commentaries were insightful and thought provoking, with a bit of levity thrown
in for good measure.
On the merits of
agree with each
other, and you
either, but one
Siskel & Ebert
her as the
star of her
Gene Siskel has
been gone for
over ten years
now, and ill
pay homage to two of our
looking back at
Siskel & Ebert.
To complete the
to the three
by Roger Ebert.
Select one of
Siskel & Ebert's
review, or page
Crist, Noted Film Critic Dies
August 7, 2012
as influential as Siskel & Ebert's were the film reviews of
Judith Crist. Like her Chicago colleagues, Christ was a
print and broadcast journalist. Her readership was vast, with
critiques regularly appearing in
New York Magazine and TV Guide. For many years,
Crist was also the official reviewer on "The Today Show."
Judith Crist passed away this morning at her home in New
York at age 90.
Crist enjoyed seeing Barbra on the screen. In a 1977 article
for The Saturday Review, she called herself a
Streisand admirer "with a high regard for her acting as
well as her singing."
While not always raves (she absolutely hated "For Pete's
Sake," calling it "a piece of schlock" and "the
worst Barbra Streisand package yet"), her reviews of
other Barbra Streisand performances usually came with a significant
measure of acclaim.
Crist loved "Funny Lady", even more than "Funny
Girl" - "Once again, a sequel proves
superior to it's original. 'Funny Lady' wins over its
predecessor, 'Funny Girl,' on all counts."
Barbra's performance in "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever"
Crist wrote - "It's an absolute delight for Streisand
fans and a pleasure for even less passionate admirers of the
lady ... Not only is she an extraordinarily gifted
comedienne, but a sensitive actress."
Crist told her readers that they would "Delight in
Barbra Streisand's bravura performance as the brassy hooker"
in "The Owl and the Pussycat."
Crist didn't like the ending of "Up the Sandbox" but thought
that Barbra gave "her best performance to date."
And back in 1968, Judith Crist told us to "Revel in
Barbra's film debut and her Oscar winning impersonation of
the immortal Fanny Brice."