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Maltin on Movies

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Rank #159 in TV & Film category

Comedy
TV & Film
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Legendary film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie are the ultimate movie fans. They love talking about movies, especially with people who share their enthusiasm—from living legends like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Quincy Jones to such contemporary artists as Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Laura Dern, and Bryan Cranston. You’ll meet all kinds of interesting people and hear their recommendations of unsung movies you ought to know.

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Legendary film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie are the ultimate movie fans. They love talking about movies, especially with people who share their enthusiasm—from living legends like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Quincy Jones to such contemporary artists as Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Laura Dern, and Bryan Cranston. You’ll meet all kinds of interesting people and hear their recommendations of unsung movies you ought to know.

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514 Ratings
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Unfortunate

By L C J 2000 - Dec 21 2019
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Poor girl,what an unfortunate personality.

Leonard needs to be the main voice

By Buy Button Not Working? - Nov 25 2019
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As many others have said, this isn’t a terrible podcast. However, the style of interviewing isn’t really my cup of tea. Jessie seems like a lovely person and a good daughter who clearly loves both movies and her father. I don’t think she should interject as much as she does. It can be really disruptive to the flow of the guests response and in my opinion comes off as a bit attention-seeking (again, not assuming this is intended by her). I don’t think she should go (don’t see her father replacing her) but I do think LM needs to step in here and change the dynamic a bit so his voice is the primary one heard when the guest is not answering.

iTunes Ratings

514 Ratings
Average Ratings
331
71
49
32
31

Unfortunate

By L C J 2000 - Dec 21 2019
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Poor girl,what an unfortunate personality.

Leonard needs to be the main voice

By Buy Button Not Working? - Nov 25 2019
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As many others have said, this isn’t a terrible podcast. However, the style of interviewing isn’t really my cup of tea. Jessie seems like a lovely person and a good daughter who clearly loves both movies and her father. I don’t think she should interject as much as she does. It can be really disruptive to the flow of the guests response and in my opinion comes off as a bit attention-seeking (again, not assuming this is intended by her). I don’t think she should go (don’t see her father replacing her) but I do think LM needs to step in here and change the dynamic a bit so his voice is the primary one heard when the guest is not answering.
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Maltin on Movies

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