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21st Mar '16 12:48:29 AM MasoTey
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* 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.

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* Every action movie has at some point been referred to as a "roller-coaster ride" or "thrill ride". ride".
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Directors are typically called "visionary" for reasons which are often unclear.
21st Mar '16 12:46:41 AM MasoTey
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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/TheTruth'', about the Disc's first newspaper, played with this trope. Albeit about news reporting, not reviews per se. For example, the words ''rumpus'' and ''fracas'' only appear in certain newspapers, the same way ''beverages'' only appear on certain menus.

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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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''Discworld/TheTruth'', about the Disc's first newspaper, played with this trope. Albeit about news reporting, not reviews per se. For example, the words ''rumpus'' and ''fracas'' only appear in certain newspapers, the same way ''beverages'' only appear on certain menus.



** "Think ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starring Literature/PhilipMarlowe."

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** "Think -->"Think ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starring Literature/PhilipMarlowe."



* If any non-fiction book discusses psychopaths or "evil people" in general, expect the adjective "chilling" to be abused ceaselessly, though it is questionable whether any of these books have ever lowered someone's body temperature.
** This doesn't apply only the non-fiction, of course. Apparently every single mystery novel ever is "chilling" as well.

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* If any non-fiction book discusses psychopaths or "evil people" in general, expect the adjective "chilling" to be abused ceaselessly, though it is questionable whether any of these books have ever lowered someone's body temperature.
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temperature. (This doesn't apply only the to non-fiction, of course. Apparently every single mystery novel ever is "chilling" as well.)



** 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.

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** * 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.



* Bright Lights Film Journal's [[http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/banned.php Banned Words]].

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* Bright ''Bright Lights Film Journal's [[http://www.Journal'''s "[[http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/banned.php Banned Words]].Words]]" picks apart a few of these, with special disdain for "meditation," as in, "It isn't violent, it's a ''meditation'' on violence."



* Have you ever heard "whiskey-soaked" to describe anything but a blues or classic rock album?
** "Whiskey-soaked" is the stock phrase to describe Music/TomWaits' voice.
* Bill Anschell's humor piece "[[http://www.billanschell.com/jazzcritic.html How to Be a Jazz Critic]]" is basically a list of these.

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* Have you ever heard "whiskey-soaked" to describe anything but a blues or blues, classic rock album?
** "Whiskey-soaked" is the stock phrase to describe Music/TomWaits' voice.
rock, or Music/TomWaits's voice?
* Bill Anschell's humor piece "[[http://www.billanschell.com/jazzcritic.html How to Be a Jazz Critic]]" is basically structured as a list of these.stock phrases and snowclones, with the variable words multiple-choiced or omitted.



* Anything recorded between 1976 and 1982 will have to answer to punk or new wave, Similarly, anything recorded between 1988 and 1997 will have to answer to AlternativeRock or grunge. In short, if there's a subversive musical movement {{caustic critic}}s champion as cutting edge or the future of music, especially if the album or artist is seen as "irrelevant" to that new movement, then expect that subject to be brought up in each review, regardless of the reviewed album's style, demographic or artistic intent. Certainly don't expect that review to take (or to understand) a non-"relevant" artist or style on its own merits.
** Here's a game for you to play: Every time you see a music mag use the word "relevant" as a replacement for "good" - take a shot. ([[DontTryThisAtHome On second thought, don't.]])

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* Anything recorded between 1976 and 1982 will have to answer to punk or new wave, Similarly, anything recorded between 1988 and 1997 will have to answer to AlternativeRock or grunge. In short, if there's a subversive musical movement {{caustic critic}}s champion as cutting edge or the future of music, especially if the album or artist is seen as "irrelevant" to that new movement, then expect that subject to be brought up in each review, regardless of the reviewed album's style, demographic or artistic intent. Certainly don't expect that review to take (or to understand) a non-"relevant" artist or style on its own merits.
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merits.\\
Here's a game for you to play: Every time you see a music mag use the word "relevant" as a replacement for "good" - take a shot. ([[DontTryThisAtHome On second thought, don't.]])



* Guitar solos are always "blisteringly fast," or played with "lightning speed."
** Alternatively,"searing" or "blazing."
* There's a very nice list of these sorts of phrases on [[http://www.bored.com/findcliches/music.htm this page.]]

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* Guitar solos are always "blisteringly fast," or played with "lightning speed."
** Alternatively,"searing"
speed," or "searing," or "blazing."
* There's a very nice list of these sorts of phrases on [[http://www.bored.com/findcliches/music.htm this page.]]
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* Music/DavidBowie historians/biographers, and even the man himself, have noticed that starting with 1993's ''Black Tie White Noise'', his first solo album of TheNineties, critics '''love''' to use some variant on the praise "his best album since ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps''" when reviewing his work. That 1980 [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] album was followed by the mainstream mega-seller ''Let's Dance'' and then the [[Main/DorkAge dork ages]] of his mid-'80s output and the group Tin Machine, so it was regarded as "his last great album" for many years.
** Additionally, '''every''' article or review about David Bowie '''will''' use the word "chameleon" in one of the very first sentences.

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* Music/DavidBowie historians/biographers, Music/DavidBowie:
** Historians/biographers,
and even the man himself, have noticed that starting with 1993's ''Black Tie White Noise'', his first solo album of TheNineties, critics '''love''' to use some variant on the praise "his best album since ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps''" when reviewing his work. That 1980 [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] album was followed by the mainstream mega-seller ''Let's Dance'' and then the [[Main/DorkAge dork ages]] of his mid-'80s output and the group Tin Machine, so it was regarded as "his last great album" for many years.
** Additionally, '''every''' '''Every''' article or review about David Bowie '''will''' use the word "chameleon" in one of the very first sentences.



* On episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' 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.

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* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** One
episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' 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.



* "It's like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in/on/with X" was and still is very popular to describe any very "mature" bit of western animation that includes loads of swearing or adult situations. It used to be that any very "mature" show that was VulgarHumor or RefugeInAudacity was compared to ''TheSimpsons'', but this has been phased out with other outrageous cartoon shows from Western Animation. Yet another sign that ''TheSimpsons'' isn't as outrageous as it used to be.

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* "It's like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in/on/with X" was and still is very popular to describe any very "mature" bit of [[AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark western animation that includes loads of swearing or adult situations.situations]]. It used to be that any very "mature" show that was VulgarHumor or RefugeInAudacity was compared to ''TheSimpsons'', but this has been phased out with other outrageous cartoon shows from Western Animation. Yet another sign that ''TheSimpsons'' isn't as outrageous as it used to be.



* Also, "fruity," "dry," or "aged to perfection" are guaranteed from any wine review.
** Speaking of those, no one ever '''drinks''' in wine reviews or "bar scene" columns in newspapers - they "tipple," "imbibe," or "libate." Similarly, bars are never just called '''bars''' - they're "watering holes," "dives," or "haunts". Very similar to SaidBookism.

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* Also, "fruity," This is a major component of SommelierSpeak. "Fruity," "dry," or "aged to perfection" are guaranteed from any wine review.
** Speaking of those, no * No one ever '''drinks''' in wine reviews or "bar scene" columns in newspapers - they "tipple," "imbibe," or "libate." Similarly, bars are never just called '''bars''' - they're "watering holes," "dives," or "haunts". Very similar to SaidBookism.
9th Mar '16 3:31:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* The posters for ''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."]]

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* The posters for ''DumbAndDumber'' ''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."]]



*** "When it comes to oddball titles, ''TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' is certainly hard to ''bleat''."

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*** "When it comes to oddball titles, ''TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' ''Film/TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' is certainly hard to ''bleat''."



*** "Here is Zeus! And by Jupiter, it looks like Creator/LiamNeeson!" for ''ClashOfTheTitans''.
*** "TaylorLautner falls for TaylorSwift (as Lautner's character trips over a hurdle)...haha, it's a ''taylor-made'' romance!" for ''ValentinesDay''.

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*** "Here is Zeus! And by Jupiter, it looks like Creator/LiamNeeson!" for ''ClashOfTheTitans''.
''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''.
*** "TaylorLautner "Creator/TaylorLautner falls for TaylorSwift Music/TaylorSwift (as Lautner's character trips over a hurdle)...haha, it's a ''taylor-made'' romance!" for ''ValentinesDay''.''Film/ValentinesDay''.
15th Jan '16 3:38:39 PM Anddrix
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* 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 [[ViewersAreMorons people who can't comprehend that something can stand on its own without being compared to something else.]]

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* 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 [[ViewersAreMorons people who can't comprehend that something can stand on its own without being compared to something else.]]
16th Dec '15 7:19:28 PM nombretomado
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** LeagueOfLegends developers Riot Games invented the term Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) to describe their game because they were sick and tired of everyone referring to the genre as a [=DotA=] Clone.

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** LeagueOfLegends ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' developers Riot Games invented the term Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) to describe their game because they were sick and tired of everyone referring to the genre as a [=DotA=] Clone.
10th Dec '15 3:22:00 AM erforce
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* Expect sometimes-intentionally painful {{pun}}s and metaphors. For example, "''Earth'' is terra-ble" for ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', "This Cradle rocks!" for ''[[Film/TombRaider Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life]]'', "scales the heights of filmmaking" for ''[[OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours 127 Hours]]'' and "will keep you at the edge of your seat" for ''Film/EdgeOfDarkness''. That last one was used by three separate reviews.

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* Expect sometimes-intentionally painful {{pun}}s and metaphors. For example, "''Earth'' is terra-ble" for ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', "This Cradle rocks!" for ''[[Film/TombRaider Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life]]'', ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaiderTheCradleOfLife'', "scales the heights of filmmaking" for ''[[OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours ''[[Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours 127 Hours]]'' and "will keep you at the edge of your seat" for ''Film/EdgeOfDarkness''. That last one was used by three separate reviews.
19th Nov '15 12:39:03 PM dvorak
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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.
1st Oct '15 3:22:14 PM Ezclee4050
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* [[http://www.examiner.com/x-562-Book-Examiner~y2009m3d11-The-top-20-most-annoying-book-reviewer-phrases-and-how-to-use-them-all-in-one-meaningless-review The top 20 most annoying book reviewer cliches and how to use them all in one meaningless review]]

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* [[http://www.examiner.com/x-562-Book-Examiner~y2009m3d11-The-top-20-most-annoying-book-reviewer-phrases-and-how-to-use-them-all-in-one-meaningless-review [[http://blogcritics.org/top-20-most-annoying-book-reviewer/ The top 20 most annoying book reviewer cliches and how to use them all in one meaningless review]]
26th Sep '15 12:28:13 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/211318/hot-button-beach-day-chapter-4-preview-halflife-2-review-it-blows Interestingly enough, there is a review that doesn't compare other games to Half-Life 2, but compares Half-Life 2 to other games.]]
16th Aug '15 5:41:46 PM MartyD82
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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 TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleGames 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 TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleGames 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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