For the Love of Movies The Story of American Film Criticism
Directed by Boston Phoenix critic Gerald Peary, For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism opens with an ominous (though well-known) fact: the country’s print film critics are losing their jobs. Meanwhile, more and more readers are looking for reviews online, where they find the next generation of critics — people like Harry Knowles of (not to mention the movie-reviewing team at

Before it gets too far ahead of itself, though, the film rewinds the story back to the early 20th century, to tell the whole story of American film criticism. Using classic movie clips, some rather stilted readings of old reviews, and interviews with a variety of critics (both past and present — including a pre-surgery Roger Ebert), For the Love of Movies offers a brief look at more than a hundred years of film critic history.

DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:20:30 | 4.05 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Espanol
Genre: Documentary, History

Director: Gerald Peary
Country: USA

-- 5 bonus interviews: Gerald Peary (9:57) + John Waters (3:24) + Elvis Mitchell (4:56) + Roger Ebert (4:37) + Stanley Kauffmann (8:47)
-- 3 deleted scenes: “Women Critics on Their Profession” (3:32) + “Wesley Morris Talks to His Audience” (3”01) + “Future Film Critics” (3:23)

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