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21st Apr '18 10:26:18 AM nombretomado
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** As a book aggregate site, plays this trope straight in its user reviews, except it adopts an entirely different and unique set of cliches due to its web-based format and Millennial-dominated userbase. These show up most often in the negative reviews, and/or reviews for YoungAdult (YA) books. The most [[{{egregious}} egre]][[HypocriticalHumor gious]]? ''"I wanted to like this book. '''[[BlatantLies I really did!]]'''"''

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** As a book aggregate site, plays this trope straight in its user reviews, except it adopts an entirely different and unique set of cliches due to its web-based format and Millennial-dominated userbase. These show up most often in the negative reviews, and/or reviews for YoungAdult (YA) books. The most [[{{egregious}} [[JustForFun/{{egregious}} egre]][[HypocriticalHumor gious]]? ''"I wanted to like this book. '''[[BlatantLies I really did!]]'''"''
20th Apr '18 7:49:54 PM nanakiro
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* Anime or manga that goes down the DarkerAndEdgier or {{Deconstruct|ion}}ive route of their genres might be called "the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]/[[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]]/[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka]] of their genre" depending on how bleak it gets. If it's for a shonen audience, expect a few "Like ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', but X" quotes thrown in.
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* If a LightNovel has any hint of a TrappedInAnotherWorld plot, the reviews will talk about how the story is "a typical WishFulfillment ''isekai'' power fantasy" if they hated it or how it "starts like your typical ''isekai'' until..." if they liked it.
22nd Mar '18 7:52:22 PM KBABZ
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* The game ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' itself has been used so often that bringing it up as a comparison ''at all'' is considered a cliche. If a game has a facet of difficulty through learning, backtracking, a dark and [[BodyHorror disgusting]] atmosphere, being just plain hard, or any other element from ''Dark Souls'', it will elicit this comparison, followed quickly by groans in the audience.
16th Mar '18 4:57:18 PM nombretomado
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* On ThisVeryWiki, it used to be common to find examples that are the "poster child" or "patron saint" of the trope in question.

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* On ThisVeryWiki, Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, it used to be common to find examples that are the "poster child" or "patron saint" of the trope in question.
12th Mar '18 7:47:17 PM Steven
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* "The X of Y" or "Like X, but Y", or any variation thereof. Used to describe a game that is sort of like a clone of another game or has taken elements from a game to use as inspiration. "Like ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' of X" is a popular phrase to describe a game that's outright NintendoHard.
10th Mar '18 11:09:02 AM nombretomado
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** Similarly, "X! Just X!' or "X, full stop." It's gotten so bad that these are considered ZeroContextExamples, and one is encouraged to replace them with something informative.

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** Similarly, "X! Just X!' or "X, full stop." It's gotten so bad that these are considered ZeroContextExamples, Administrivia/ZeroContextExamples, and one is encouraged to replace them with something informative.
7th Mar '18 12:53:10 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Any film attempting a relatively-realistic portrayal of space travel will be compared to ''Film/Apollo13'' or ''TheRightStuff'' (this also often applies to nonfiction books about the early space program.)

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* Any film attempting a relatively-realistic portrayal of space travel will be compared to ''Film/Apollo13'' or ''TheRightStuff'' ''Film/TheRightStuff'' (this also often applies to nonfiction books about the early space program.)
23rd Feb '18 9:12:34 PM 64SuperNintendo
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[[folder:Film]]
* "Riveting". When was the last time you saw that word used outside of a movie review context? Apart from [[StealthPun metalwork class]] that is?
** [[WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours Foamy The Squirrel]] railed against this during one of his famous rants.
** Creator/DaveBarry once claimed to have been [[LampshadeHanging "literally riveted to [his] seat, by literal rivets."]]
* Action movies and books will usually be "Thrilling," "Suspenseful," "Gripping," and "High-Octane," among many others.
* Expect any action-comedy review to feature the word "romp" at least once.
* Every action movie has at some point been referred to as a "roller-coaster ride" or "thrill ride".
* Directors are typically called "visionary" for reasons which are often unclear.
* Family comedies will usually be "Fun for the whole family" or something to that effect.
* Comedies in general will always be "hilarious" and "laugh-out-loud funny!"
* Documentaries will often be "thought-provoking" or "controversial"
* Film reviews of blockbusters often feature "This Year's X": "''Film/StarTrek'' is this year's ''Film/IronMan''", for example. "The Next X" is similiar, also for people who can't comprehend that something can stand on its own without being compared to something else.
* "Smart, sexy and..." fill-in-the-blank. "Cool," "fun," and "action-packed" work.
* The "It's ''Film/DieHard'' [[DieHardOnAnX On An X]]" line that's popped up in reviews for the past 22 years.
* ''Bright Lights Film Journal'''s "[[http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/banned.php Banned Words]]" picks apart a few of these, with special disdain for "meditation," as in, "It isn't violent, it's a ''meditation'' on violence."
* Peter Travers, the film critic for ''Rolling Stone'', often peppers his reviews with cliche phrases like "crackerjack thrillride," "enjoy the air conditioning," or "check your brain in at the door" to describe action movies that require little attention.
* Few action film set-ups are as overworked and meaningless as the old one-two punch of invoking the "unstoppable chain of events" that will have you "on the edge of your seat."
* The posters for ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' parodied this with fictitious review quotes such as, [[CaptainObvious "It's a movie experience for anyone who goes to see it"]] and [[FridgeLogic "I laughed til I stopped."]]
* Many reviewers have taken after Roger Ebert's 'two thumbs up' signature. Sometimes something else will be substituted depending on the movie, ie two paws for ''Film/CatsAndDogs'', or some such. Thankfully, the "two thumbs up" concept is copyrighted, so the current generation won't have to see terrible local critics use it themselves.
* Expect sometimes-intentionally painful {{pun}}s and metaphors. For example, "''Earth'' is terra-ble" for ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', "This Cradle rocks!" for ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaiderTheCradleOfLife'', "scales the heights of filmmaking" for ''[[Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours 127 Hours]]'' and "will keep you at the edge of your seat" for ''Film/{{Edge of Darkness|2010}}''. That last one was used by three separate reviews.
** Gene Shalit absolutely delights in these.
*** "When it comes to oddball titles, ''Film/TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' is certainly hard to ''bleat''."
*** "It's a spectacle to see, and you need spectacles to see it...and there's pandemonium on Pandora" for "Film/{{Avatar}}''.
*** "''Film/TheLovelyBones is lovely, and no bones about it!"
*** "Here is Zeus! And by Jupiter, it looks like Creator/LiamNeeson!" for ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}''.
*** "Creator/TaylorLautner falls for Music/TaylorSwift (as Lautner's character trips over a hurdle)...haha, it's a ''taylor-made'' romance!" for ''Film/ValentinesDay''.
** Dutch example: if a Franchise/JamesBond movie is coming out, expect to read "James maakt het bond."[[note]]"Het bon'''t''' maken" is a Dutch expression loosely meaning "To raise a ruckus".[[/note]]
* Just about anytime an animated movie becomes critically and/or commercially successful, you'll find critics reminding us that [[AnimationAgeGhetto "animation is a medium that can be enjoyed by both adults and children."]] A statement so tired and overused that Roger Ebert, in his review of ''Ratatouille'', dismissed it as an annoying cliche.
* Any film attempting a relatively-realistic portrayal of space travel will be compared to ''Film/Apollo13'' or ''TheRightStuff'' (this also often applies to nonfiction books about the early space program.)
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[[folder:Film]]
* "Riveting". When was the last time you saw that word used outside of a movie review context? Apart from [[StealthPun metalwork class]] that is?
** [[WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours Foamy The Squirrel]] railed against this during one of his famous rants.
** Creator/DaveBarry once claimed to have been [[LampshadeHanging "literally riveted to [his] seat, by literal rivets."]]
* Action movies and books will usually be "Thrilling," "Suspenseful," "Gripping," and "High-Octane," among many others.
* Expect any action-comedy review to feature the word "romp" at least once.
* Every action movie has at some point been referred to as a "roller-coaster ride" or "thrill ride".
* Directors are typically called "visionary" for reasons which are often unclear.
* Family comedies will usually be "Fun for the whole family" or something to that effect.
* Comedies in general will always be "hilarious" and "laugh-out-loud funny!"
* Documentaries will often be "thought-provoking" or "controversial"
* Film reviews of blockbusters often feature "This Year's X": "''Film/StarTrek'' is this year's ''Film/IronMan''", for example. "The Next X" is similiar, also for people who can't comprehend that something can stand on its own without being compared to something else.
* "Smart, sexy and..." fill-in-the-blank. "Cool," "fun," and "action-packed" work.
* The "It's ''Film/DieHard'' [[DieHardOnAnX On An X]]" line that's popped up in reviews for the past 22 years.
* ''Bright Lights Film Journal'''s "[[http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/banned.php Banned Words]]" picks apart a few of these, with special disdain for "meditation," as in, "It isn't violent, it's a ''meditation'' on violence."
* Peter Travers, the film critic for ''Rolling Stone'', often peppers his reviews with cliche phrases like "crackerjack thrillride," "enjoy the air conditioning," or "check your brain in at the door" to describe action movies that require little attention.
* Few action film set-ups are as overworked and meaningless as the old one-two punch of invoking the "unstoppable chain of events" that will have you "on the edge of your seat."
* The posters for ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' parodied this with fictitious review quotes such as, [[CaptainObvious "It's a movie experience for anyone who goes to see it"]] and [[FridgeLogic "I laughed til I stopped."]]
* Many reviewers have taken after Roger Ebert's 'two thumbs up' signature. Sometimes something else will be substituted depending on the movie, ie two paws for ''Film/CatsAndDogs'', or some such. Thankfully, the "two thumbs up" concept is copyrighted, so the current generation won't have to see terrible local critics use it themselves.
* Expect sometimes-intentionally painful {{pun}}s and metaphors. For example, "''Earth'' is terra-ble" for ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', "This Cradle rocks!" for ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaiderTheCradleOfLife'', "scales the heights of filmmaking" for ''[[Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours 127 Hours]]'' and "will keep you at the edge of your seat" for ''Film/{{Edge of Darkness|2010}}''. That last one was used by three separate reviews.
** Gene Shalit absolutely delights in these.
*** "When it comes to oddball titles, ''Film/TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' is certainly hard to ''bleat''."
*** "It's a spectacle to see, and you need spectacles to see it...and there's pandemonium on Pandora" for "Film/{{Avatar}}''.
*** "''Film/TheLovelyBones is lovely, and no bones about it!"
*** "Here is Zeus! And by Jupiter, it looks like Creator/LiamNeeson!" for ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}''.
*** "Creator/TaylorLautner falls for Music/TaylorSwift (as Lautner's character trips over a hurdle)...haha, it's a ''taylor-made'' romance!" for ''Film/ValentinesDay''.
** Dutch example: if a Franchise/JamesBond movie is coming out, expect to read "James maakt het bond."[[note]]"Het bon'''t''' maken" is a Dutch expression loosely meaning "To raise a ruckus".[[/note]]
* Just about anytime an animated movie becomes critically and/or commercially successful, you'll find critics reminding us that [[AnimationAgeGhetto "animation is a medium that can be enjoyed by both adults and children."]] A statement so tired and overused that Roger Ebert, in his review of ''Ratatouille'', dismissed it as an annoying cliche.
* Any film attempting a relatively-realistic portrayal of space travel will be compared to ''Film/Apollo13'' or ''TheRightStuff'' (this also often applies to nonfiction books about the early space program.)

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* "Riveting". When was the last time you saw that word used outside One episode of ''Series/SpinCity'' had Paul assigned to write a movie review context? Apart from [[StealthPun metalwork class]] that is?
** [[WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours Foamy The Squirrel]] railed against this during one
of his famous rants.
** Creator/DaveBarry once claimed to have been [[LampshadeHanging "literally riveted to [his] seat, by literal rivets."]]
* Action movies and books will usually be "Thrilling," "Suspenseful," "Gripping," and "High-Octane," among many others.
* Expect any action-comedy
the Mayor's book. Paul's review to feature the word "romp" at least once.
* Every action
ends up consisting entirely of stock phrases he stole from movie has at some point been referred to as a "roller-coaster reviews, calling the book "a fast-paced thrill ride" or "thrill ride".
* Directors are typically called "visionary" for reasons which are often unclear.
* Family comedies will usually be "Fun for
and "a spectacle the whole family" or something family can enjoy", as well as the line "Stallone is pure adrenaline".
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** One episode has Pete use the stock acting description
to say that effect.
* Comedies in general will always be "hilarious" and "laugh-out-loud funny!"
* Documentaries will often be "thought-provoking" or "controversial"
* Film reviews of blockbusters often feature "This Year's X": "''Film/StarTrek''
Tracy Morgan is phoning it in. Then clarifies that this year's ''Film/IronMan''", for example. "The Next X" is similiar, also for people who can't comprehend that something can stand on its own without being compared to something else.
* "Smart, sexy and..." fill-in-the-blank. "Cool," "fun," and "action-packed" work.
* The "It's ''Film/DieHard'' [[DieHardOnAnX On An X]]" line that's popped up in reviews
NotHyperbole, he's doing the scene over the phone from his dressing room.
** In other episodes, Jack provides a quote
for the past 22 years.
* ''Bright Lights Film Journal'''s "[[http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/banned.php Banned Words]]" picks apart a few
back of these, with special disdain for "meditation," Lemon's book: "Lemon numbers among my employees." Liz is also pleased when a magazine describes TGS as in, "It isn't violent, it's a ''meditation'' on violence."still on."
* Peter Travers, the film critic for ''Rolling Stone'', ''Series/TheWire'' was so often peppers his reviews with cliche phrases like "crackerjack thrillride," "enjoy the air conditioning," or "check your brain in at the door" to describe action movies praised for its "[[Creator/CharlesDickens dickensian]]" storytelling that require little attention.
* Few action film set-ups are as overworked and meaningless as
by the old one-two punch of invoking the "unstoppable chain of events" that will have you "on the edge of your seat."
* The posters for ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' parodied this with fictitious review quotes such as, [[CaptainObvious "It's a movie experience for anyone who goes to see it"]] and [[FridgeLogic "I laughed til I stopped."]]
* Many reviewers have taken after Roger Ebert's 'two thumbs up' signature. Sometimes something else will be substituted depending on the movie, ie two paws for ''Film/CatsAndDogs'', or some such. Thankfully, the "two thumbs up" concept is copyrighted, so the current generation won't have to see terrible local critics use
fifth season, they were lampshading it themselves.
* Expect sometimes-intentionally painful {{pun}}s and metaphors. For example, "''Earth'' is terra-ble" for ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', "This Cradle rocks!" for ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaiderTheCradleOfLife'', "scales the heights of filmmaking" for ''[[Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours 127 Hours]]'' and "will keep you at the edge of your seat" for ''Film/{{Edge of Darkness|2010}}''. That last one was used by three separate reviews.
** Gene Shalit absolutely delights
in these.
*** "When it comes to oddball titles, ''Film/TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' is certainly hard to ''bleat''."
*** "It's a spectacle to see, and you need spectacles to see it...and there's pandemonium on Pandora" for "Film/{{Avatar}}''.
*** "''Film/TheLovelyBones is lovely, and no bones about it!"
*** "Here is Zeus! And by Jupiter, it looks like Creator/LiamNeeson!" for ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}''.
*** "Creator/TaylorLautner falls for Music/TaylorSwift (as Lautner's character trips over a hurdle)...haha, it's a ''taylor-made'' romance!" for ''Film/ValentinesDay''.
** Dutch example: if a Franchise/JamesBond movie is coming out, expect to read "James maakt het bond."[[note]]"Het bon'''t''' maken" is a Dutch expression loosely meaning "To raise a ruckus".[[/note]]
* Just about anytime an animated movie becomes critically and/or commercially successful, you'll find critics reminding us that [[AnimationAgeGhetto "animation is a medium that can be enjoyed by both adults and children."]] A statement so tired and overused that Roger Ebert, in his review of ''Ratatouille'', dismissed it as an annoying cliche.
* Any film attempting a relatively-realistic portrayal of space travel will be compared to ''Film/Apollo13'' or ''TheRightStuff'' (this also often applies to nonfiction books about the early space program.)
dialogue among [[GoingForTheBigScoop clueless]] [[TakeThatCritics journalists]].



[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/SpinCity'' had Paul assigned to write a review of the Mayor's book. Paul's review ends up consisting entirely of stock phrases he stole from movie reviews, calling the book "a fast-paced thrill ride" and "a spectacle the whole family can enjoy", as well as the line "Stallone is pure adrenaline".
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** One episode has Pete use the stock acting description to say that Tracy Morgan is phoning it in. Then clarifies that this is NotHyperbole, he's doing the scene over the phone from his dressing room.
** In other episodes, Jack provides a quote for the back of Lemon's book: "Lemon numbers among my employees." Liz is also pleased when a magazine describes TGS as "still on."
* ''Series/TheWire'' was so often praised for its "[[Creator/CharlesDickens dickensian]]" storytelling that by the fifth season, they were lampshading it in dialogue among [[GoingForTheBigScoop clueless]] [[TakeThatCritics journalists]].
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22nd Feb '18 6:40:15 AM Cryoclaste
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* During the VideoGame3DLeap, a popular graphics descriptor was "photo realistic." In theory, this meant that the graphics looked realistic enough for somebody to possibly mistake them for real life. In practice, it simply meant that the graphics... "somewhat" resembled real life (mostly just with the art style). By the time TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames was in full swing and people realized that video game graphics still had a long way to go before they could accurately mimic RealLife, the term "photo realistic" was quickly phased out of video game vernacular.

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* During the VideoGame3DLeap, a popular graphics descriptor was "photo realistic." In theory, this meant that the graphics looked realistic enough for somebody to possibly mistake them for real life. In practice, it simply meant that the graphics... "somewhat" resembled real life (mostly just with the art style). By the time TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames UsefulNotes/TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames was in full swing and people realized that video game graphics still had a long way to go before they could accurately mimic RealLife, the term "photo realistic" was quickly phased out of video game vernacular.
13th Aug '17 1:55:14 PM nombretomado
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Some examples of this are "[[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs X on crack]]" ,"XMeetsY", "best X of the year", "fun for the whole family!" These cliches are often parodied.

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Some examples of this are "[[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs X on crack]]" ,"XMeetsY", ,"JustForFun/XMeetsY", "best X of the year", "fun for the whole family!" These cliches are often parodied.
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