The world's most influential movie critic is one of the first out of the gate with his review of Kick-Ass, and he's given the film an emphatic thumbs-down. Not only did he rate Kick-Ass with only a single star (as compared to his users, who rated it at 3 1/2 stars), but he declared it to be "morally reprehensible."
Check out the opening paragraph of his review:
Shall I have feelings, or should I pretend to be cool? Will I seem hopelessly square if I find Kick-Ass morally reprehensible and will I appear to have missed the point? Let's say you're a big fan of the original comic book, and you think the movie does it justice. You know what? You inhabit a world I am so very not interested in. A movie camera makes a record of whatever is placed in front of it, and in this case, it shows deadly carnage dished out by an 11-year-old girl, after which an adult man brutally hammers her to within an inch of her life. Blood everywhere. Now tell me all about the context.
As the ticket sales for the Addams Family Broadway musical in the face of recent withering reviews have shown, critics may not matter anymore, but does Ebert's review change the way you think about Kick-Ass?
Or just the way you think about Ebert?