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Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide Mass Market Paperback – 4 Aug 2009
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About the Author
Leonard Maltin is one of the USA's most respected film historians and critics. He appears regularly on Entertainment Tonight, hosts Secret's Out on ReelzChannel and introduces movies on DirecTV. He also teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Five stars for content, none for presentation so compromise at three.
Halliwells was always my film bible - it stalled badly when it nosedived from its huge chunk of superb reference in 2008 (1396 pages, 24,000 movies) down to an 'easy read, concise' effort. It's not been published since.
It is a fool indeed who takes the word of just one individual; whether they be critic or friend when it comes to something as personal and subjective as film. I'm not particularly perturbed if one reviewer in one publication (or many) disagree with my own feelings or that of others as long as there is some rational reasoning behind it (which actually DOES include simply not liking it)
I do like a volume that I can pick up, make notes and marks in (& my own scores!). Some suggested Time Out's Guide but that seemed high on film buffery, geeky trivia and details I'd never need, but no opinions as to what a film was actually like.
So, to this edition of Mr Maltin's. Yes, I was intrigued as to what a Yank would think of our (Brit) films, old & new. Yes, a few surprises but generally he covers neatly in just one or two sentences what he thinks of and how good or bad a film is. As others have pointed out, he is not swayed by budget, how big a star is, CGI or anything purely media driven. I like his scoring system, too.
I wouldn't be able to use his guide solely; if I wanted to know who composed the film score, for example, but that's what great about the internet. Because that's a fact, not a seasoned and professional opinion.
I did feel that the guide was lacking in many world cinema releases, though.Read more ›
Movies are listed alphabetically and every entry includes info on the cast and Maltin's team's verdict and comments in a few words. The guide's coverage is impressive albeit certainly uneven: more than 17,000 entries including American, British movies and to a lesser extent French, Italian, Spanish. As far as I know there isn't anything Bollywood in it. This American guide focuses on English-language films.
Don't expect such a guide to be objective, I disagree with some of Maltin's negative ratings (e.g. 1984's Dune, Blue Velvet, Le Dernier Combat) and agree with some 4-star ratings (e.g. Danton, Jaws, etc.) but I tend to overlook the various inevitable disagreements/agreements. After all, the guide is fun to read and does not lack humor. I haven't forgotten one of his comments on First Blood (1982):
"A kewpie doll to anyone who can understand more than three words of Sly's final monologue."
On the minus side, the cast info of the movies is usually longer than necessary. In the cast info, even the names of obscure actors having a minor role in a movie may be mentioned. I think it should mention a movie's most important actors (leading actors, major supporting actors), so as to save space and enable it to include more entries without dropping other entries (the number of movies is growing every year).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Leonard Maltin's 2011 Movie Guide is the latest edition of the long running series of film reference guides. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2011 by hatinthecat
when i got i thought it was ok but looking through it its so anti english no review for classic english films like reach for the sky and brighton rock. Read morePublished on 28 July 2011 by Amazon Customer
not as good and not as well laid out as the radio Times movie guide. Which I find personally far better and far more informative.Published on 22 Mar. 2011 by rg ken60
It does what it says on the tin. The reviews are clear, sometimes funny to read, and always seem honest and fair. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2011 by Holdyourteddytight
the book is an excellent compilation of film reviews and information which is independant of the film producers and a teriffic guide to the films you see on TVPublished on 30 Jan. 2011 by rufus
Whenever I sit down to watch television Maltin's Movie Guide is by my side and as I surf the channels I can look up a movie each time in the Guide and, according to Maltin's... Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2011 by A. Kitroeff
I also purchase this book each year. Fantastic concise movie review guide, the best around. Not only does it have thousands of films included in the guide, but compared to other... Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2010 by Barney Rubble
I bought this guide to get good honest reviews of films to select for Lovefilm.
I looked at Halliwell to expensive and Time out poor layout . Read more
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 27 April 2010 by Bernie