The revamped At the Movies featuring critics Ben Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons is not faring well with critics following its debut last weekend. Phil Rosenthal in the Chicago Tribune said "Certainly, those who loved the interplay of Ebert and the late Gene Siskel, or Roeper and the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips, were apt to be disappointed by the level of the discussion." On Entertainment Weekly 's website, John Young wrote similarly "While Siskel and Ebert honed their criticism skills by writing about movies at great length, Lyons and Mankiewicz are more comfortable in the realm of the sound bite. As a result, the dialogue between the new hosts sounds more like a series of scripted quips than a real conversation."

11/09/2008