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9th Aug '16 11:34:14 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* [[TemptingFate "The X Killer"]]. Remember ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'', which everyone said would be a "Halo killer"? [[AppealToObscurity No, of course not.]]

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* [[TemptingFate "The X Killer"]]. Remember ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'', which everyone said would be a "Halo "''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' killer"? [[AppealToObscurity No, of course not.]]
30th Jul '16 6:00:22 PM nombretomado
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** DaveBarry once claimed to have been [[LampshadeHanging "literally riveted to [his] seat, by literal rivets."]]

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** DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry once claimed to have been [[LampshadeHanging "literally riveted to [his] seat, by literal rivets."]]
17th Jul '16 9:45:23 PM PaulA
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*** "Here is Zeus! And by Jupiter, it looks like Creator/LiamNeeson!" for ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''.

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*** "Here is Zeus! And by Jupiter, it looks like Creator/LiamNeeson!" for ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''.''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}''.
26th Jun '16 7:42:09 PM nombretomado
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** Even if it isn't, it's still open to comparison these days. See certain editions of ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' books, and how for a while every ''TheDresdenFiles'' book had "...as another wizard named Harry" on the front or back (or both). Not as painful since [[DarkerAndEdgier later books]] came out, but it still leads to [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids misunderstandings]].
** In the same vein, if it has anthropomorphic woodland creatures, especially if they're mice, it'll be "perfect for fans of ''{{Redwall}}''."
* ''TheDresdenFiles'' has also had the same ''Entertainment Weekly'' quote on every book in the series, dating back to the very first:

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** Even if it isn't, it's still open to comparison these days. See certain editions of ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' books, and how for a while every ''TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book had "...as another wizard named Harry" on the front or back (or both). Not as painful since [[DarkerAndEdgier later books]] came out, but it still leads to [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids misunderstandings]].
** In the same vein, if it has anthropomorphic woodland creatures, especially if they're mice, it'll be "perfect for fans of ''{{Redwall}}''.''Literature/{{Redwall}}''."
* ''TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has also had the same ''Entertainment Weekly'' quote on every book in the series, dating back to the very first:
6th Jun '16 10:23:31 PM Jeduthun
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ReviewerStandardComparisons is a SubTrope. See also ReviewIronicEcho, when reviewers can't resist making an obvious {{Pun}} on the title or a line from the work.

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ReviewerStandardComparisons is a SubTrope. See also ReviewIronicEcho, when reviewers can't resist making an obvious {{Pun}} on the title or a SnarkBait line from the work.
3rd May '16 3:06:02 PM Jeduthun
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ReviewerStandardComparisons is a SubTrope.

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ReviewerStandardComparisons is a SubTrope. See also ReviewIronicEcho, when reviewers can't resist making an obvious {{Pun}} on the title or a line from the work.
1st May '16 10:18:51 PM KaiYves
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* Books about wilderness expeditions and/or survival will often be compared to ''Into Thin Air''.


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* Any film attempting a relatively-realistic portrayal of space travel will be compared to ''Apollo13'' or ''TheRightStuff'' (this also often applies to nonfiction books about the early space program.)
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.
** This
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''.
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