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Is this man the most hated film critic in America?

December 28, 2008 |  9:18 am

There seems to be something of a backlash in the world of Hollywood film criticism to one of the critics on "At the Movies," Roger Ebert's old show. Hollywood publicists seem to love the guy — but not fellow critics. The Times' Chris Lee reports:

Ben Lyons Is Ben Lyons the most hated film critic in America? In the four months since the fresh-faced 27-year-old "movie dude" for the E! Entertainment Network was installed to co-host a revamped version of the venerable movie review program "At the Movies," he has gotten a resounding thumbs down from an angry mob of film bloggers, columnists, professional movie critics and fans of the show. Consensus is that Lyons, the son of New York film critic Jeffrey Lyons, is unworthy of the balcony seats once occupied by Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on the TV mainstay that has rallied audiences into theaters for more than three decades. "His integrity's out the window. He has no taste," said Erik Childress, vice president of the Chicago Film Critics Assn. "Everyone thinks he's a joke."

--Shelby Grad

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