Joel Siegel by Ida Mae Astute/ABC Joel Siegel by Ida Mae Astute/ABC

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Surrounded by family and friends, ABC's beaming and insightful movie critic Joel Siegel has died in New York, after a long and remarkably courageous struggle with cancer, at the age of 63.

He was the master of the unambiguous thumbnail review, whether delivering flowers

"The Pursuit of Happyness" gets a C for spelling and an A for acting. It could also get an Oscar for Will Smith."

or bombs:

"The appeal of Matthew McConaughey has long evaded me both as a pinup and as an actor. His constant ticks, bad hair and strained syntax as a coach fumble what should have been the tragic and inspirational story of the rebuilding of Marshall University's football team after a devastating plane crash."

In a statement today, ABC News President David Westin said, "Joel was an important part of ABC News and we will miss him. He was a brilliant reviewer and a great reporter. But much more, he was our dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."