Defending Transformers From Roger Ebert… Again… Sort Of

Roger Ebert put out a blog post on July 5th title I'm a Proud Brainiac in response to response to his review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and it's been making the rounds at movie sites everywhere. Before I start responding to that response, I want to list several links and get a few things out of the way. Roger Ebert's I'm a Proud Brainiac article Roger Ebert's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen review My Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen review Roger Ebert's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review My Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review I encourage you to read the article in question, because it makes a lot of great points on film criticism, but somewhere within the ultimate theory he's wrong. In general, the article is defending what critics do, especially the doing of it from a learned perspective. Here are a few quotes to give a general jumping off point:
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