"...it had such a deleterious effect on American filmmaking...[and] game birth to many of the druggy, self-indulgent cliches of anti-establishment filmmaking, from technical gimmicks...to thematic elements such as knee-jerk hostility to middle America and a mindless celebration of rebellion for the hell of it."
> Were his reasons for disliking The Graduate the same reasons as for Ebert downgrading it to three stars?
Yeah more or less. Looking at the list again the other movies aren't a bunch of sacred cows. Alot of them are movies with mixed reputations by name directors. I found an updated version of his list from 10 years later on Dave Kehr's message board that reads:
1 PEARL HARBOR (2001)
2 ERASERHEAD (1977)
3 MYRA BRECKENRIDGE (1969)
4 DODESKA-DEN (1970)
5 and 6 (tie) POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES (1961) and HERE COMES THE GROOM (1951)
7 THE GRADUATE (1967)
8 EASY RIDER (1969)
9 STAR WARS (1977)
10 PATRIOT GAMES (1992) - If you didn't remember, McBride was the one who got fired from Daily Variety (or at least, paid to leave) when Paramount refused to screen any more movies for Daily Variety critics because his pan of this movie attacked it's politics, which they claimed was unacceptable to do in a movie review.
The earlier list, from this book
is longer and doesn't have Pearl Harbor (which didn't exist yet). The other movies are:
The Story of Mankind (Irwin Allen, 1957)
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (Michael Winner, 1976)
The Car (Elliot Silverstein, 1977)
Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)