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While film critics write negative reviews for movies all the time, sometimes directors and movie stars take it too personally. Here are 7 feuds between film stars and film critics.
1. Roland Emmerich vs. Roger Ebert. Director Roland Emmerich cast Michael Lerner to play Mayor Ebert in Godzilla in 1998. The character was unlikable, incompetent, and a loud-mouth. Emmerich did this as his revenge to the film critic for basing his movies over the years. Mayor Ebert also had an assistant named Gene who looked a lot like Gene Siskel.
2. Samuel L. Jackson vs A.O. Scott. The New York Times film critic wasn’t the biggest fan of The Avengers in 2012 and Samuel L. Jackson took to Twitter let Mr. Scott know how he felt about his negative review. Jackson called Scott a “jaundiced ass.”
#Avengers fans,NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let's help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) May 3, 2012
3. Richard LaGravenese vs Gene Siskel. In 1991, Gene Siskel wasn’t a fan of The Fisher King and mocked its screenplay as being unworthy of the Academy Award nomination. The film’s screenwriter Richard LaGravenese took offense to Siskel, so he named one of the unlikeable characters in his next movie The Ref, Gene, after the film critic. He even hired J.K. Simmons as a Gene Siskel “look-a-like.” Gene Siskel thought the dig was strange, as he “I only wish Jack Nicholson had played my character.”
4. Kevin Smith vs Richard Roeper. In 2010, Richard Roeper gave Kevin Smith’s movie Cop Out a negative review, along with most film critics. Smith took offense to the review because he felt that he and Richard Roeper were good friends. He took the review personally and wrote on Twitter, “Roeper is the kind of guy who’s nice to your face, then stabs you in the back.” Richard Roeper was just doing his job as a film critic, while Kevin Smith is being far too sensitive.
5. Uwe Boll vs Many, Many Film Critics. Director Uwe Boll challenged a lot of film critics to a boxing match for ripping apart his movies, House of the Dead, Alone In The Dark, and BloodRayne. Boll challenged critics Rich Kyanka, Chris Alexander, Jeff Sneider, and Chance Minter and proceeded to beat them all up.
6. James Gray vs Peter Bradshaw. Director James Gray once called critic Peter Bradshaw “failure as a critic” for giving his film The Immigrant a negative review. Bradshaw criticized Gray for wanting to be authentic, but, ultimately, came off as ridiculous. According to James Gray, “This year I tried to read as little as possible, but the publicist did send me some reviews, particularly out of the UK, which I found gallingly dumb. It’s hard to read a review, which you think is flat out dumb and not take it personally.”
7. Rob Schneider vs Roger Ebert. Roger Ebert gave Rob Schneider’s Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalow the lowest grade he’s ever given to a movie (zero out of four stars), along with many, many other critics like Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times. Schneider didn’t think Goldstein was qualified to criticize the movie because he’s never won an award for anything. In Roger Ebert’s review, the Chicago-based critic defended Goldstein by writing, “As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.”