Siskel & Ebert (1986–2010)
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Gattaca/The House of Yes/A Life Less Ordinary/FairyTale: A True Story/Sunday 

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert review Gattaca (1997), The House of Yes (1997), A Life Less Ordinary (1997), FairyTale: A True Story (1997) and Sunday (1997). Ebert recommends Crash (1996) on video.


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... Himself - Host
... Himself - Host


Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert review five new movies. Two thumbs up for Gattaca (1997), a futuristic thriller that seems all too plausible, and which Siskel, who usually dislikes this sub-genre, was surprised to enjoy. Two thumbs down for the contrived black comedy, The House of Yes (1997), although Siskel was more put off than Ebert by the "tired" idea of a character with a Jackie O fixation. Two more thumbs down for the stupid fantasy comedy, A Life Less Ordinary (1997), which the critics take to be Danny Boyle's misguided attempt to make something more commercial than usual. Two thumbs up for FairyTale: A True Story (1997), based on a real-life hoax that involved Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, although Ebert notes that the title is a lie. Two more thumbs up for Sundance Festival winner, Sunday (1997), with "its subtle and touching performances." Roger Ebert's "Video Pick of the Week" is the controversial Crash (1996). Written by J. Spurlin

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25 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Gene Siskel: [on "A Life Less Ordinary"] I wanted out of this picture in the worst way.
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If Siskel & Ebert gave 2 thumbs down, I made a point to watch it
4 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

My first paying job was at a video store when I was 15, back in 1993. In those days, I found my taste in movies being polar opposite of what Siskel and Ebert stated theirs was. Nearly 20 year later, I'm reminded how polar opposite our takes were as I read this review of "A Life Less Ordinary." "A Life Less Ordinary" was arguably one of the greatest romantic drama/comedy movies of the past 20 years. I have a feeling S&E would agree today.

Now, I may not be a die hard fan of Cameron Diaz; on the contrary, she's had some hit-and-miss films. But, Ewan McGregor has made his mark in US film history with a string of jaw-dropping hits. And to Diaz's credit, if I remember correctly, this was her second major motion picture (after "The Mask"), and she slayed the role. Magnificent. Oh, did I mention Holly Hunter? Umm, Yeah.

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