Roger Ebert dies at 70: Reactions from celebrities he critiqued in reviews

Slideshow posted in Photos | Thursday, April 04, 2013

2 of 13: 'I never thought of Roger solely as a film critic but more as a film historian and lover of the art,' Mel Gibson said in a statement. 'I sought out his opinions and thoughts often and he was always extremely generous with his time. He was a gentle soul and will be missed greatly.'

The actor expressed his condolences shortly after it was announced that the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic had passed away at age 70.

In his review of the 2011 film 'The Beaver,' published in the Chicago Sun Times, Ebert said about Mel Gibson's performance: 'Here is another of Mel Gibson's fine performances, a reminder that he is after all a superb actor. His personal life is in ruins because of the disease of alcoholism, which he is still struggling with. Though he's responsible for his outrageous acts and statements, I think this is not the good man I have met many times. From what I know about alcoholism, I believe he goes through personality changes, that he is content on some days and consumed by rage and madness on others, and that such changes are symptoms of the disease. Make your own diagnosis.'

The famed critic also reviewed the actors 1991 role as Hamlet, saying: 'This 'Hamlet' finally stands or falls on Mel Gibson's performance, and I think it will surprise some viewers with its strength and appeal. He has not been overawed by Shakespeare, has not fallen into a trap of taking this role too solemnly and lugubriously. ... It's a strong, intelligent performance, filled with life, and it makes this into a surprisingly robust 'Hamlet.'

(Pictured: Mel Gibson on the set of 'The Beaver' on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009.) (AP Photo / Donald Traill)