I begin to feel like most Americans don’t understand the First Amendment don’t understand the idea of freedom of speech and don’t understand that it’s the responsibility of the citizen to speak out.

Roger Ebert Freedom Quote

It’s a good question because a movie isn’t good or bad based on its politics. It’s usually good or bad for other reasons though you might agree or disagree with its politics.

Well you know what I’m 60 years old and I’ve been interested in politics since I was on my daddy’s knee. During the 1948 election we were praying for Truman. I know a lot about politics.

Roger Ebert Politics Quotes

A lot of people just go to movies that feed into their preexisting and not so noble needs and desires: They just go to action pictures and things like that.

By going to the movies and because of other things too going to college making a wide variety of friends moving around traveling I became a lot more open-minded than the heritage I was born into might have suggested.

Class is often invisible in America in the movies and usually not the subject of the film.

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.

Most of us do not consciously look at movies.

Movies absorb our attention more completely I think.

The movies that are made more thoughtfully or made or with more ambition often get just get drowned out by the noise.

We can now have action movies with two stars where one might be African American and one might be Asian American. One of them doesn’t have to be white and the other one doesn’t have to be the ethnic sidekick. We’re way over that. And I think it’s happening in society too.

Roger Ebert Movies Quotes