The Critic Roundtable (Johnsonverse)

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Genre: Film review
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: United States
Network(s): Syndication
Created by: Timothy Hill
Executive producer(s): Roger Ebert
Chaz Ebert
Timothy Hill
Production companies: Ebert Productions, Ltd.
Timothy Hill Productions
Distributed by: Johnson Domestic Television
Starring: Christy Lemire
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ben Mankiewicz
A. O. Scott
Elvis Mitchell
Seasons: 12
Episodes: 1,000+
Release Date: September 13, 2009 - present
Related shows: Sneak Previews
At the Movies
Siskel & Ebert
Roeper & Phillips

The Critic Roundtable is an American film review show that has aired since September 13, 2009. A spinoff of the long-running Siskel & Ebert, it features a panel composed of five movie critics (Christy Lemire, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ben Mankiewicz, A. O. Scott, and Elvis Mitchell) reviewing and rating movies using a number system in which films are rated by the number of critics that like or dislike it.

Executive produced by film critic Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz, the series was created by film director and producer Timothy Hill, who conceived a film review series showing a roundtable of critics after watching the Stanley Kubrick tribute episode of Siskel & Ebert, in which the two critics reviewed Kubrick's film Eyes Wide Shut with four other critics.



In 2000, Hill, having watched a Siskel & Ebert episode featuring Siskel and Ebert reviewing the 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut as part of a Stanley Kubrick tribute special with four other critics, decided to begin work on

Review style

Five critics sit around a table in a lobby-style set. They discuss the film and express their opinions, occasionally arguing about their opinion. The series also recommends home video releases.

Review trademarks

Out of Five

The series uses a numerical system in which films are rated by the number of critics that like the film. For example, if all five critics like it, it is rated "five out of five".