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The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made (Film Critics of the New York Times) [Paperback]

The Staff of the New York Times , By the Film Critics of the New York Time , New York Times
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21 Feb 2004 Film Critics of the New York Times
In The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made, the film critics of the Times have gathered the original reviews of their list of the best.  Covering every conceivable genre, from comedies, dramas, and science-fiction to foreign films, musicals, and others, this book provides the student with an essential resource.  How were Psycho or Fantasia originally received?  For movies that are often subsumed in their own legends,  the original review is a corrective lens for a hindsight that is often anything but 20/20.  This volume also includes and introductory essay by Janet Maslin and modern postscripts to movies that survived their original trashing to become classics.
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  • Paperback: 1174 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Rev Upd Su edition (21 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312326114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312326111
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of cinema 18 May 2011
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This book contains the critics of 1000 films, as they were published in the New York Times when the movie was out. With an additional list of films per countries. It takes you back at the time when the movie was made and thus greatly enhances your understanding of it. I never watch a movie without reading two or three critics (Virgin Movie guide, this book, etc). A great idea, buying this book.
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.. well here looks a good one.
I've not had chance to fully digest it yet, but it looks fine.
Be aware the reviews are (almost all) from time of release. This adds a certain period charm and interest.. but also means it lacks the long view as to how a film 'settled down' through the years.
For the collectors, the list tickers? As a new challange.. it looks good. I have done 1001 MYMSBYD and also 96%+ through Halliwell's, and about 90% of 'The Guardians 1000 films you must see... and yet, on a rough check, I'm left with an interesting challenge of about 300 in this book that are not in the others.
I haven't dived into it enough to discover how many of the ones in this book are real stinkers to find.. but I doubt it is as tough. Neither, at preliminary browse, it does seem to have as many weird and wonderful experimentals and highly obscure world cinema. Take that comment as either a criticism or compliment depending on your views.and tastes.
For me.. well, I'm glad I did 1001 MYMSBYD, mainly for the reasons stated above, but I'm delighted to have this book as a companion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guides such as this are still of great value 20 Mar 2013
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The previous reviewers were correct when they said that reviews of the movies listed in this book are available online, but what are actually available are review summaries, not the original, complete reviews. There are plenty of original reviews from other publications available online, I realize, but not from the New York Times, unless you subscribe to their online service.

But, still, why buy the "tome" if you are satisfied with the reviews from other sources? Got me there. But if you're like me and you have a high regard for the Times' reviewers, past and present, and also value their selections, categorizations, and even the original best ten lists by year, this compilation is worth it. Okay, I admit I'm an old guy, but I do use the internet all the time, and one thing I don't like about it is the necessity of sifting through a ton of hits only to be disappointed that I didn't quite find what I really wanted. Yeah, I could piece it all together, but, in my opinion, there is still value in picking a volume off the shelf and getting just what you wanted in the first place.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide! 28 Jan 2014
By Patricia M. - Published on Amazon.com
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One big book, a comprehensive guide to films big and smaller. A terrific resource of information, a very good read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Movie Lover 24 April 2013
By Amy E. Shina - Published on Amazon.com
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My boyfriend's father is a huge movie buff so I got him this book and he loves it. Everytime he goes to rent a movie he uses it as a reference
4.0 out of 5 stars Gave as a gift to my son to stimulate his thinking 6 Feb 2013
By Khawes - Published on Amazon.com
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He is discussing it with college classmates. They are planning on getting together to view movies together. A great gift.
2.0 out of 5 stars ... of the reviewers in this book couldn't understand how great movies like JAWS 31 July 2014
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Many of the reviewers in this book couldn't understand how great movies like JAWS, Godfather, Breakfast Club, and many other great great films were. Get the books by Roger Ebert instead. He always got it right, and always wrote for the movie-goer as well as the film lover.
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