Pardon me if I keep this short and sweet. Roger Ebert left an impression on me from the time I first saw Sneak Previews on WTTW-11, Chicago Public Television. I found a near-instant affinity for his style and candor in how he reviewed movies. I was not always in agreement with his point of view, notably on one of my faves: Gladiator, but I still wanted to know what he thought about a movie. There was hardly a time when a review of his was disappointing or failed in communicating where he stood.
There was another matter, though, about Mr. Ebert which resonates with those of us here on A|N. I won't presume to make any assumptions about just where he stood on this issue. Perhaps it is best that Roger says it himself:
In its amiable, quiet, PG-13 way, "The Invention of Lying" is a remarkably radical comedy. It opens with a series of funny, relentlessly logical episodes in a world where everyone always tells the truth, and then slips in the implication that religion is possible only in a world that has the ability to lie. [emphasis mine]
-- from Roger Ebert's review of The Invention of Lying
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