Leonard Maltins 2010 Movie Guide Mass Market Paperback – Aug 4 2009
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About the Author
Recognized as one of America's leading film historians and critics, Leonard Maltin has become a household name and media personality due to his regular appearances on the highly successful syndicated TV program Entertainment Tonight and the Encore cable-TV service, his syndicated radio program, Leonard Maltin's Video View, his monthly reviews in Playboy magazine, and the featuring of Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide on the World Wide Web, via the popular Amazon.com website. He lives in Toluca Lake, California.
Top Customer Reviews
Although extremely inclusive, and quite thick, this book contains very short reviews and often dubious ratings. It seems that my ratings of those movies I have seen don't match with his, which leaves me wondering why I bought this book. It doesn't predict for me whether I will actually enjoy a movie. What it does, is to let me know whether a movie is available, and (roughly) its quality. So it isn't a total waste. I now use it to browse for titles, and rent movies based on whether I or my wife thinks thet'll be interesting, disregarding the ratings in the book.
As is the case with any such reference work, one must take the star ratings with a grain of salt, and sometimes a few pounds are recommended. Praise is unhesitantly heaped upon an obscure mediocrity like William Peter Blatty's "The Ninth Configuration" (a whopping three-and-a-half stars) while a widely acknowledged classic, "Taxi Driver," is dismissed with a measly two-and-a-half star rating.
Of course, no one is going to agree on every film, but sometimes Maltin doesn't agree with himself. Star ratings for some films change from one edition to the next, as do the text of the reviews. "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Support Your Local Gunfighter" both went from one-and-a- half to three stars in the span of a year or two with no explanation offered for their sudden artistic rehabilitation.
But such criticisms are ultimately of little consequence. I like movies and I like to read about movies. I do not generally turn to critics for suggestions on what to see, only to determine if they have any interesting insights that I may have missed. You won't find much insight here, but Maltin's book is the best place to turn for a quick capsule commentary, and the relevant facts about a film (color or black-and-white, running time, cast, and director) with some occasional bits of trivia thrown in.
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If I had known how small the print is in the book I would have ordered another edition. Probably, after Xmas I will try to return it for a later one if the printing in the other... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2013 by Joan Hawke Joan Hawke
Yes I almost bought this more than useful book. Then sitting next to it is the same book word for word that has twice the surface for twice the price. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2010 by Bernie
Je m'atendais à recevoir le format aux dimensions 20,4 x 13,2 x 6,8 cm et ce n'est pas ce que j'ai reçu et ça me décoit. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2009 by Gaston Poitras
I sometimes cycle through this guide for a laugh. Maltin is a horrible film critic and a total historian - basically meaning that any film predating 1960 MUST be given 4/4 (unless... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by John
Leonard Maltin, unfortunately, is apparently held in high esteem by the DVD makers. His inane commentaries have shown up on everything from Disney's Donald Duck DVD's to the Little... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Yarby
I have relied on Leonard Maltin's Movie Guides for many years. The 2004 Edition is the most complete source of honest movie reviews you can find. Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Michael Mathena
This is my own personal guide to research and seek out films that I've never seen and to collect those that are available. I have used Maltin's guide for years and years. Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Mark Norvell