Wow, it's been a long time since Roger Ebert hasn't given stars to a movie, but in his review of The Life of David Gale, you'd think the usually star-happy critic would have loved this star vehicle. Or at least given it 2 stars. Or 1-and-a-half. Or 1. The last film he hated this much was Slackers, but you'd almost expect that, as you would the zero stars he awarded Freddy Got Fingered and Tomcats. He gave our hero, Larry David zero stars for Sour Grapes - think hard about Larry David making fun of the food critic for the thumbs up and thumbs down restaurant reviews in the third season finale. But the most withering review I can remember of Ebert's is his review of North, directed by Meathead and starring Frodo:
"I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."
One of Ebert's issues with The Life of David Gale is that it takes place in Texas, where executions are like the sun settings. More about Texas Department of Criminal Justice
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