Buy Used
£1.24
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Expedited shipping available on this book. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 2002 (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide (Mass Market)) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Aug 2001


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Mass Market Paperback, 30 Aug 2001
£47.80 £1.24
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1648 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; 2002 ed edition (30 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451203925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451203922
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 5.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,242,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
Aaron Loves Angela (1975) C-98m. *** D: Gordon Parks, Jr. Kevin Hooks, Irene Cara, Moses Gunn, Robert Hooks, Ernestine Jackson, Jose Feliciano. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By s_sondergaard@hotmail.com on 12 Dec. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Why is this a five star book. It's without a doubt the most comprehensive (about 21000 films), rare known films as well as foreign films are represented and in few words everything important to know about a film is there. Of course you can disagree with some of Maltins opinions but did anybody ever think that they would not ??!!! If he liked all films "like you are supposed to" why bother? At least Maltin is not afraid to think that sometimes classics are overrated. Then again he is proberly the only serious reviewer to take the Star Wars pictures seriously. As said by The New York Times "head and shoulders above the rest". If you disagree your way of talking about films should only be with your mates at the pub.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sept. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this guide last year and I was very dissapointed.
I previously used the Haliwell's guide, which was OK, but I needed an update and I bought Leonard maltin's guide last year. The main reason for buying this book was the low price.
Whenever I tried to read this book I did not find adequate information.
A serious problem with Leonard Maltin's is that many films are missing. This applies especially to non-english speaking, non-Holywood films.
I am going to try the Time-out guide this year.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joseph_pugh@hotmail.com on 12 Dec. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's far from complete, occasionally random and frequently terse but it may just be the liveliest, most reliable film guide out there. Throw out Time Out and get a copy of this one.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are only three things wrong with this book. 1) Missing films. 2) Annoying alphabetical ordering. 3) Eccentric opinions. This makes it difficult to read and worthless for picking which movies to watch. Unless you really do think RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD III is better than TAXI DRIVER! (BOMB!)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 20 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A long-time user of Maltin's guide 16 Oct. 2001
By Cathy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
As a long-time user of Maltin's guide, I think it's most useful after you gain some familiarity with his tastes and preferences. For example, after years of reading his reviews, I know he likes musicals much better than I do, and comedies not as much. If he gives a movie two or two-and-a-half stars, I know it's going to be a pretty entertaining movie, probably, as he often complains, one that follows a formula, but the formula works, and these movies work. If he gives a movie three stars, that tells me the movie tries for something a little more ambitious -- but his opinion of whether it succeeds or not doesn't always agree with mine, so, for me, his three-star movies are less dependably entertaining than his two or two-and-a-half star ones. Three-and-a-half star movies are usually so good almost anyone would enjoy them, and four star movies are the undisputed classics. This leaves one-and-a-half star movies (usually boring, unless they're comedies, which I always add an extra star to for the ones Maltin seems to take off), and the BOMBs, some of which are fascinatingly bad. For example, he rated "Francesco" a BOMB, and although it was a little weird to watch Mickey Rourke playing St. Francis, neither my husband or I could take our eyes off it. My biggest complaint is that I wish the index of stars and directors were more extensive, but the book is so huge as it is that it's kind of hard to handle, so maybe that would best be presented in a second volume. I wish the foreign films were in another volume, too, so more could be included. Still, overall, quite an achievement, and I use it a lot.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
always worth a look 21 Feb. 2002
By "theslime" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoy reading len's one line summaries of great films and his dismissals and praise. I grew up with the 1975 version of this book and always loved scouring through it. He's better informed on the old classic films than he is on newer stuff. I just finished reading lots of reviews complaining that he doesn't know anything about films and hates films-just because he gives bad ratings to a lot of cool films. You shouldn't take his word on everything that's for sure. Here are a few dodgy Maltin ratings:
taxi driver ** (too violent) the thing *1/2 (too much gore)
blade runner *1/2 usual suspects **1/2 (convoluted). He complains of a lot of films being overlong,actually a valid criticism sometimes folks. Taxi DRiver and the thing are probably my two favourite films of all time but still i'd recommend the book for the sheer pleasure of looking through it for fun. And if you want to know if some old black or white film is any use, i reckon maltin knows his stuff here. For example he gives Northwest passage 1940 3 1/2 stars, one of my favourite films, he gives all the classics the praise they deserve, king kong ,citizen kane,robin hood. Knows a lot about movies. Knows tonnes about cartoons (check out 'of mice and magic' his book). Up until recently his reviews were available on imdb but they took them off. He gave Baby snakes a BOMB rating for being self indulgent, a fair criticism even though i love frank zappa (it's a great flippin movie!). Always worth a look to see who's in a film, plot,length,general quality.
But never trust any critic.
Only trust yourself.
Thanks for the memories Leonard
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It gets bigger every year 4 Sept. 2002
By M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I try to buy the Leonard Maltin book every year. I am not alone.
I may occasionally disagree with a particular review but that is human nature. This book is a great resource book. As I get older the fine print is getting to my eyes. He does release a trade size version of the book. Check the back for the index of stars.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Why do people take his reviews so personally? 24 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Everyone has a different taste in movies. There is no such thing as the most accurate critic and there is no such thing as the most sophisticated taste in movies in the world, so why is everyone so offended by this book? No matter who you talk to, you will always find people who like the movies you hate or hate the movies you like, but do you hate them for it? Anyone who rates this book bad because they don't agree with one of his reviews has a serious attitude problem. Leonard Maltin's guide has been published since the 60s and contains over 19000 entries which means he has only seen, like, 15-17000 more movies then the average movie watcher yet anyone who seems to disagree with one of his reviews gets all defensive and personal, stating how crap his taste in movies is, as if there taste is so much more accurate. I disagree with plenty of his reviews, but I don't hate him. I don't hate someone for their personal taste in movies. I actually find it interesting to read his difference in oppinion and I start to understand why he has a difference in perspective. He even states that this guide should be taken as a "guidline and not a gospel". People just need to learn to lighten up, relax and remember that these reviews are just "someone's oppinion".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Still Worth It 21 Sept. 2001
By Kevin A. Little - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Leonard Maltin guide has been around since 1969 and is still the premier movie guide in book form. It's not without its flaws, but it still a very useful reference. Yes, the IMDB online is a fantastic tool, as well, but when you're sitting at home and need to look up a movie title quickly, going online is not always the quickest or most convenient solution. Maltin's book offers capsule reviews, a universally used and understood four-star ratings system, major cast, director, running time, year of release and a few other extras. It's not a comprehensive guide, but for a quick reference, it can't be beat.
When it comes to the reviews and the star ratings, I have to agree with some others here who have complained about inconsistency. I have always been disturbed by some of Maltin's ratings, especially (for example) the **1/2 rating for Amadeus, which has always struck me as insupportable.
Generally, the Maltin guide is less useful for its reviews than it is for just finding information quickly, like what year a particular movie came out or how long it is, or even what the basic plot is. So if you're looking for a guide that includes such things and that is easy to use, quick and handy, then this book is an invaluable resource.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know


Feedback