A Critic Turned Inside Out

Five Emotions-Inside OutI feel I owe it to you, my loyal readers, to apologize for
not being able to review the major new releases like Pixar’s Inside Out. I’m afraid the viral
infection that has attacked my system is still doing its dirty work and is
taking its sweet time going away; in spite of the vigilance of my doctors and a
lot of pharmaceuticals. The result is an overall fatigue which makes it
difficult to focus on anything for long.

I’ve only left
the house a couple of times—to host last weekend’s Musicians at Play concert in Santa Monica, which I didn’t want to
miss, and to record this week’s Maltin on
podcast, a special Father’s Day edition with my daughter Jessie
joining Baron Vaughn and me.

Baron Vaughn-Jessie Maltin-Leonard Maltin-2Each of these efforts
has taken its toll and sends me back to sleep—although there is something
lovely about a long midday nap.

I’m doing my
best to find material to post here on the site but it pains me to miss out on the
high-profile movies that are opening this month. I hope to get back up to speed
sometime soon, although my doctors keep telling me that recovery is going to be
a lengthy process.

Thanks for all
of your messages and good wishes. I’m down but I’m not out, so stay tuned.


  1. Norman says:

    Leonard, I am so sorry. I know how frustrating a viral infection can be. Just know that we miss your reviews, but your health is far more important. Rest and get well!

  2. Andrew says:

    Just to add to those comments from the others, get well and don’t rush yourself. And when you do get back, we would all still love to hear your thoughts on the releases you missed during your absence! It doesn’t need to be release date for your reviews to be valuable!

  3. Chris says:

    Leonard,take all the time you need…
    It’s the best excuse to just lay around and watch movies! 🙂

  4. Jeffrey says:

    I hope Leonard has a nice, easy recovery. We look forward- at least I do- to reading his reviews of this year’s most important films, including this one.

  5. John says:

    You’re a national treasure Leonard! Best wishes for a recovery, hopefully speedy but a healthy one however long it takes!

  6. KC says:

    I know it must be frustrating not to be able to do all that you want to do. Take care, and I hope you feel better very soon.

  7. mike schlesinger says:

    To paraphrase a certain barbarian, that which does not kill me makes me wiser. Get your strength back and we’ll be here waiting for you.

  8. RWJ says:

    Leonard, I know exactly what you’re going thru as I have been there myself. Your doctors are telling you the truth – it IS a very long process to get well once again. Try not to push yourself. Your body will let you know when it’s time to return to at least part of your "normal" day.
    In the meantime, I wish you a full and complete recovery from this insufferable malady.

  9. Tony Caruana says:

    No need to apologize, Leonard. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  10. Claude says:

    Leonard, I’m so sorry to hear that you are unwell. I can’t express how much I thoroughly enjoyed your podcast with Jessie and Baron. Get well soon!

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