Dethroning Moment: That Guy with the Glasses

Explain, Critic! EXPLAIN!

With as many reviewers it has, it should come as no surprise That Guy with the Glasses has a few missteps in its history.

The Blockbuster Buster has his own page.

Keep in mind:
  • Sign your entries
  • One moment per reviewer to a troper, if multiple entries are signed to the same troper the more recent one will be cut.
  • Moments only, no "just everything he said" entries.
  • No contesting entries. This is subjective, the entry is their opinion.
  • No natter. As above, anything contesting an entry will be cut, and anything that's just contributing more can be made its own entry.
  • No ALLCAPS, no bold, and no italics unless it's the title of a work. We are not yelling the DMoSs out loud.
  • Explain why it's a Dethroning Moment of Suck.
  • Do not write an entry on a review moment just because you disagree. You can write a moment on a review however, if the person in question either did not do research or is being offensive.

The Nostalgia Critic
  • LLSmoothJ: I usually like watching the Critic's reviews and I never thought I'd find myself adding a moment, but his Airborne review left a bitter taste in my mouth. Particularly his constant criticism of Mitchell for daring to avoid physical confrontation. Because a real man always fights, no matter how more effective talking it out like civilized people could be.
  • JayJuJayMeMan: Doug Walker always says adaptations should stand on their own, but that still doesn't justify his review of The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. He blatantly ignores the fact that Robotnik's minions were all enemies Sonic fought in the games. He also ignores several other elements from the games that were imitated in the show, several of which are pretty much foregone conclusions for anybody whose ever been near the games. Perhaps he just hasn't played the games, but he should have at least done the research on them beforehand. Not liking the show is fine, but facts need to be kept straight.
  • SparkyYoungUpstart: His review of Cop and a Half started out fine enough, and I knew he was going to make a joke about how the situation (a little kid refusing to give information on a crime unless he's allowed to be a cop), but his response? A dramatization in which the kid gets beaten by a cop. Spurts of blood can be seen coming from offscreen. That's right, in a show where he normally gets pissed off at movies for being harmful to children, he actually makes a joke about child abuse so that he can force in a The Lord of the Rings reference. I couldn't even watch the rest of the review after that.
  • Vader999: I was rather surprised no one as of yet mentioned his review of Pokémon: The First Movie. Especially the part where, instead of mentioning Mewtwo's real motivation, he claims the movie never gave him one. It did: Mewtwo was tired of seeing Pokémon treated as pets.
  • Eegah!: His talking about Roy "Schneider" in Jaws: The Revenge . Of all his mispronunciations of people's names, for some reason this one is especially annoying. Also, the joke about Michael's daughter asking about sex, given that Judith Barsi would be murdered before being old enough to learn about it herself.
  • Kevin Klawitter: In his reviews of the Mortal Kombat movies, he completely ignores two important subplots in the first movie. Now, this might seem reasonable if it were simply for brevity's sake, but then he claims their absence to be plot holes. One of these subplots involves Shang Tsung killing Liu Kang's little brother. This is the reason Liu Kang enters the tournament; he wants revenge. This plot point is made incredibly obvious by the second act, and even comes back in the end. But why does the Critic say he entered the tournament? "Because he's... Asian". There's no way the critic could not have known Liu Kang's motives, but yet, he still ignored them so he could make a race-based joke.
  • eneuman96: Though his post-revival episodes have quite the Broken Base, my least favorite moment of the show overall is from a pre-cancellation episode: The Avengers. It starts out with the NC under the impression that he's about to review the (unreleased at the time of the review) superhero movie. When it turns out to be an entirely different movie of the same name, he gives three of the most ear-bleedingly piercing Big Nos in history in rapid succession, and they are seriously painful to listen to. There were plenty of funnier ways he could have reacted to that sort of news, and his reaction really doesn't help the common misconception that his comedy is all just screaming and yelling.
  • WillieManga: To make two things clear, I hate "Bio-Dome" and for the most part, I like Critic's review of it. But one thing that annoyed me is that he continually misnamed Bud, calling him Squirrel. I understand Squirrel is a nickname, but the characters call him Bud more often. With that, you'd think he would call him Bud and make things less confusing. Come on, dude!
  • Demon God Of Chaos 2: His review of Jurassic World, not only breaking one of his rules for the reboot (not reviewing a movie still in theaters) but using improvisations of the characters in the movie with imitators of characters from the original movie as a horrible attempt at a Take That at copyright holders. This is the straw that broke the camel's back for me, as I have no more plans to view any of his reviews in the near future after this one.
    • CJ Croen 1393: One thing I didn't like was his critique on Owen and Claire's relationship, specifically the kiss. He acts as though Claire and Owen's kiss scene was completely random and had nothing to do with the plot, when in context, Owen kissed Claire because she saved his life, something the Critic actually showed a reenactment of later in the review (which only serves to make this critique even more confusing).
  • Something Eight: His review of the Matrix. To his credit, Doug complimented the movie a number of times. However, his treatment of the movie's fans was just so condescending that I personally just couldn't take it. The line "I know you're out there: people who don't like The Matrix." also pissed me off, acting like he was making a big, bold claim that he would get persecution for.
  • TT454: I'm actually going to go with Doug's video "Can Hype Kill A Good Movie?", which may as well be called "Why Frozen Is A Masterpiece And Why You Should Like It!". In the video, Doug defends Frozen's Cash Cow Franchise hyper-popularity by saying that one should ignore that aspect and appreciate it anyway. First of all, the video's title "Can Hype Kill A Good Movie?" suggests right from the get-go that everyone loved Frozen before its popularity skyrocketed (personally, I just think the film was bad). And instead of making a balanced argument about how it's okay to either love or hate Frozen, Doug talks about how certain films seem less good over time, but at the end of the day, you can't deny they are good, and people who do think things are overrated are in the wrong. In other words, "If I think something's good, you should agree with me, because I'm the critic!" It was patronising to me. And how does he conclude his argument? By saying that "at least Frozen's better than these other movies!" - one of which is the Transformers film series. I'd honestly rather watch any of the Transformers movies than Frozen, but the video implies that the idea of liking Transformers is stupid. This was the video that made me stop watching Doug Walker's newer videos. His whole "I'm right, you're wrong, and I need to tell you why you are!" mentality is absolutely painful in this video, and it contradicts every one of his videos where he makes fun of people who passionately defend their favourite movies. Basically, he hypocritically believes that he is allowed to defend whatever movies he loves when they have enough detractors, but when he hates something and/or considers it overrated (i.e. The Matrix), the people who disagree are not allowed to.
  • Lady Norbert: I enjoy a lot of the Critic's old videos. I'm just really not into the newer format. Now, in fairness, I never watched Demo Reel so I didn't have any understanding of who Malcolm and Tamara were when they started appearing in Critic videos; to me, they just seemed to come out of nowhere. I have nothing against them, they seem like nice people, but I liked it better when it was just the Critic on his own. For me, though, the DMoS is the review of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Obviously Critic doesn't like it, while I do, but that's not the issue. The issue is that I have tried to watch this review multiple times, and I can never actually get to the review! The opening acting bit where Critic falls into Underland or whatever and runs into Alice and so forth drags on and on and on, to the point where I just can't watch it anymore. It's not entertaining, it's not funny, and as much as I'd like to see his actual review of the film, I can't sit through the original content long enough to get there.
  • I Am Not Beast: The Mad Max: Fury Road review. Just to be clear, I'm not an MRA. I support equality for both genders, and unlike some people, I acknowledge that there are inequalities on both sides. Still, I get pretty annoyed when Doug not just this time, but repeatedly portrays MRAs as immature manchildren who don't stand for anything outside of "men's right to be men" as he put it. Oh sure, when a woman stands up for her rights, nobody bats an eye, but when a man starts claiming he gets any unfair treatment, everybody loses their minds! Look, I didn't care as much when Doug joked about MRAs in the Jupiter Ascending review, but in his latest video, it's impossible to ignore, and it's actually starting to piss me off. Of course, he completely missed the point of their complaints. Didn't Doug complain before about Enchanted? "When you really want change to happen, you just sort of do it. You don't draw a ton of attention to it. [...] When you draw too much attention to it, it sort of feels like you're focusing on a stereotype that you may or may not have known existed." Weren't those his exact words? The reason, I think, that some people complain about the strong women in Mad Max is because they're so painfully obvious. They're like Merida from Brave, trying way to hard to be "strong independent women". They're tough, they're standing up for their rights, "We are not things!" I don't think people are complaining because Mad Max is taking orders from a woman, I think people are complaining because the movie is drenched in so much obvious feminist subtext that it's hard to focus on anything else. But no, I guess everyone who complains about that is just an immature Michael Bay fanboy.
  • Catmuto: While I definitely enjoy the older videos, the newer ones were still fun and entertaining to watch at times. Then he made the 'Is Twilight The Worst Thing Ever?' video. To make a long video short, his argument basically boils down to 'everyone will forget it in a few years' and 'it's just a book!'. I found this absolutely disgusting, especially the latter argument, because it's such a weak argument and basically tells me that I'm an idiot for 'taking it too seriously'. Considering how, after Twilight became a success, it has resulted in more books popping up, like Fifty Shades of Grey and Hush, Hush, that take the Bastard Boyfriend idea and crank it Up to Eleven and go beyond that trope to basically portray emotionally, verbally and even physically abusive relationships as romantic... it's just disgusting. And it proves that there are people out there, not just impressionable young teens who, quite honestly, just don't know any better, who are taking these books seriously and holding them up as ways to honestly want a romantic relationship to go. The critic's weak argument of basically playing the Fonz and telling me 'Eyyyy! Don't worry about it' is downplaying the problems that can, and actually are, arising from these sort of things. That video was the point when I started to really give up on watching anymore of the Nostalgia Critic's videos.
  • Izzy1: I took down my old DMOS because now I have a new one: his review of Hocus Pocus. Instead of being an actual review of the film, the entire thing is just a painfully unfunny sketch referencing the film that drags out and is lost on viewers who haven't seen the movie prior (funny given how Doug feels about movies that rely on endless references, namely parodies nowadays). I can understand not using footage for films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Pixels, as those were still in theaters when he posted those reviews (still defeats the point of being the NOSTALGIA Critic, and even breaks the rules he set up for his revived series: the film has to be out of theaters, but I digress), but there wasn't really any reason for this other than to shoehorn an overly long sketch he's become known for nowadays. I've given up on the Nostalgia Critic now, as it's clear he's Jumped the Shark at this point.
  • Johnnyd2: I tolerate a lot of NC and the CA crew. but his latest Anti Pokemon rant from his Conquest of the Commercials video is a bit too much for me. It was such a good video up until that point with Don Bluth and Segata Sanshiro. But then all my goodwill dissapeared when he went on an anti Pokemon tirade. especially the part about college people and older fans not liking Pokemon and it being a "fad". A lot of College students and people in my age like myself, including some of Doug's CA colleagues I'm betting like Pokemon, both then and now. While i respect opinions of all kinds, Doug/NC could have at least not be such a jerk about it.

The Distressed Watcher
  • Tari Silmarwen: What the hell was up with repeatedly calling Taylor Swift a bitch in the "Mine/Whip My Hair" review? There are plenty of legitimate criticisms one can make about Taylor's music but he only mentioned two pretty common ones ("Mine" sounding like all her other songs, and not having much emotional depth to it) and spent the rest of her segment calling her a phony and making cracks about the video. It was very jarring, it wasn't funny, and it soured the mood for the rest of the review.
  • Baronobeefdip: While I'm indifferent towards The Distressed Watcher and I do admit to find his videos to be Guilty Pleasures, I did find one DMOS in one of his earlier "Trailer Failure" videos. Long story short, during his talk about the movie Legion, he pretty much stops talking about the movie itself (IE: The actors, the plot, the effects, etc.) to rant about religion for five straight minutes just because Legion is a movie with a religious theme (IE: God sending angels to wipe out humanity). Look, I'm an Atheist myself, but I don't complain like a crazed loon whenever something contains any sort of religious reference. It's like someone complaining that there's robots in a Terminator movie. Just... really? Really?
  • Ipdf3. Speaking of the Distressed Watcher, I find that his material had been decreasing in quality but it didn't truly get bad until "Lolita Covers". You'd expect DW to handle something as controversial as Lolita with his trademark anger and provocative analytic style, but no it's just a rather tepid "Hey look at these book covers. They're all different, isn't that mildly interesting?" It's just boring commentary about not very interesting things. Plus, his summary of Lolita made it sound like he'd never actually read the book but instead only read the first few lines off the back of the cover and then watched the movies. The book makes no attempt to condemn the actions of its protagonist? Maybe that's because the protagonist is also the narrator, of course he's not going to condemn himself. The opening of the book even makes it clear that Humbert Humbert has addressed his novel to the "ladies and gentleman of the jury." This kind of sloppy research and new commenting rather than reviewing style really doesn't work for DW and I hope he goes back to his old style soon.
  • stacey: His comment on how everyone who enjoyed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen belongs in a death camp. Because that's really a sensible thing to say there's Jewish people on a site you belong to and when the guy who got you on in the first place has it as a Guilty Pleasure. What an asshole.
  • emeriin: When he said in his The Phantom Menace review that he wanted Jake Lloyd to grow up to be a drug addict who has to blow people in order to get his next fix, as punishment for acting so badly in the film. I have no idea why anyone would want that, even if they meant it as a joke.
  • Donna: That open letter to Kevin Smith about Cop Out being worse than the death of his father. How on earth did he think that anyone would find that funny?
  • Jenx: While I generally don't watch most of DW's videos, I did watch his two part review of Dungeons & Dragons The Movie and my god was this bad. Not only did the first part consist of "Maaaan, does this seem racist to you? No ooookaaaay" which was kinda funny the first time and then it just became annoying the several other times he did it after that, or the badly delivered "get it rod = dick!" jokes. Let's not even talk about the insistence to sticking to the tired old stereotype that people who play RPGs are socially awkward dorks, or the fact that he obviously has close to no actual understanding of Dungeons & Dragons. I was almost willing to leave all that slide, until the second part. What pissed me off probably more than it should have was his slimy, ripe with cheap sarcasm "apology" for the all the jokes I listed from the first part. I can not stand people who talk that, regardless of what they are talking about. I've stopped watching all of his videos completely from that point onward.
  • Pannic: Also, someone who doesn't watch many of his videos. I did, however, watch his "top ten movie speeches," and it ended with an outlandishly pompous rant about how the movies aren't as intellectual as they used to be. Also in that video there was an annoying lack of research when he talked about the speech from Henry V, saying that aside from that, he wanted to keep it confined to speeches that were specifically from movies. The problem is that A Few Good Men was a play, too.
  • fluffything: His "History Of Vampires" had so much potential to inform viewers on how the vampire mythos has changed over the years throughout different forms of media. However, instead, the DW decides to just talk for several minutes on how "Vampires=Sex". It gets old and boring after a while. We get it, vampires are considered sexy. Now, tell us something else about the mythos, please.

The Nostalgia Chick
  • emeriin: For The Nostalgia Chick, I can understand why anyone would be upset at her now taken-down video "Rapping about Rape". Unlike her other dark humor, there really wasn't much effort put into it so it was ridiculously unfunny and her reaction of apologizing not for the content but for the fact that it was put up too soon, didn't really help.
  • stacey: I hope this doesn't come off as too sensitive, but I was really bothered by her "autistic temper tantrum" joke in the Enchanted Christmas review. Like the Critic's, why was it needed? Even more bothersome was while people were angry with her, it was just swept under the rug and never mentioned again while Critic and his brother apologized eventually.
  • SHAXlhzer: For me, it was The Nostalgia Chick's Transformers review. Now, before you start throwing accusations of sexism at me, hear me out. She didn't seem to have any knowledge of the movie you couldn't get from the the Michael Bay movies. The first half is just her showing some half-assed recap of the G1 cartoon (With a meh-ish cameo by Doug himself) and the rest of it is just her making unfunny jokes and saying "I don't know what's going on" and "Yeaaaaah" (Which are justifiable, but if you're going to review something, at least have some prior knowledge of the damn thing). All culminating in an unfunny Take That at Michael Bay.
  • bobdrantz: Her "Disney vs. Dreamworks" \ videos in which she states that Shrek was created due to Dreamworks' hatred of Disney. It's a blatant fuck-up in terms of research for this reason: while Shrek does contain some jabs at Disney, the movie in and of itself is mainly an Affectionate Parody of classic fairytales (as are the sequels).
  • Eegah: For me, it was the appearance of Douchey McNitpick in her review of The Fifth Element. It's fine if Lindsay wanted to defend her use of the term MacGuffin, but she really didn't need to paint all the complainers as a bunch of trolls for thinking Hitchcock was a better authority on the term than George Lucas (having, you know, invented it and all).
  • nerdrager: I love the Chick, but holy shit was her review of The Last Unicorn bad. It was half-assed, the other girl wasn't as funny as Nella or Elisa, she obviously didn't have much to say (she even said herself that she hadn't watched it in a while) and even though I usually enjoy her demonstrative approach to reviewing, there was no point to just walking around a forest obviously out of breath. Plus the ending: "Oh I found my bowtie." That's it? Poor showing, Lindsay.
  • fluffything: While her Top 10 Songs About F*cking (In Musicals) was pretty bad to begin with, the real DMOS I had with it was when she talked about The Rocky Horror Picture Show. First of all, it starts off with "Sweet Transvestite", so you'd think that would be her #8 choice, right? Nope. Instead it switches halfway through to "Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me". Ok, then why bother having "Sweet Transvestite" playing for over half of the segment if that's not even the song of choice? Second, she barely covers her actual choice at all and pretty much just glances over it without going over the whole point of the song or it's importance to the storyline. And, finally, and worst of all, she calls the plot a "tragic tale about a child molester played by Tim Curry". No, just....dear sweet Riff Raff, no. Dr. Frank N. Furter is NOT a "child molester" by any stretch of the imagination. As a Rocky Horror fan, I'm thoroughly disgusted at this.

The Spoony Experiment
  • stacey: I like Spoony, and I'm aware that he doesn't always equal Noah, but he can come up with pretty sexist stuff sometimes. Like saying "If you actually liked Eyes on Me, you are officially a complete pussy. No-no, if you were even able to sit through Eyes on Me, you are a pussy. You see this? These are your man-cards. And these are your man-cards, listening to Eyes on Me. You're a pussy! And that's not a slam against women. You're a pussy! There's a difference! Women have more balls than you." ...that's a weird way of honoring females, there.
  • ignuszwei: His TRON: Legacy review is probably his worst video yet: He makes it very clear that he didn't pay attention to the fairly simple plot, couldn't come up with any good explanation for plot holes, doesn't even try to be funny with his ranting raving and facepalming, and preempts any counter-argument by implying that anyone who disagrees with him is a rabid, idiotic fanboy. The majority of the feedback he got proved him wrong: everyone that liked the movie agreed that it wasn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but they still enjoyed the movie nonetheless. The tone throughout the video makes it clear that isn't Spoony hilariously ranting for our amusement: this is Noah Antwiller himself trolling everyone and being a dick.
  • Manwiththe Plan The last part of his Final Fantasy X review. Aside from some funny bits like pointing out Seymour's Villain Decay, it was mainly him rushing through the rest of the game while still Completely Missing the Point on several aspects (Yes Spoony, towards the end the game makes it clear that it's Tidus' story and he will be important to the outcome) only to go into a stupid, unfunny skit resolving the Black Latern Spoony subplot. Tidus' appearance felt like something out of a Seltzer and Friedberg movie with him shouting things out of context ("This is MY story!" "I'm the star player of the Zanarkand Abes! AH-HA-HA-HA-HA!"), Spoony fights him to give him the "graphic, painful death he deserves" except that he doesn't; Tidus is still alive by the end and Dr Insano just takes him to be tortured in his experiments, and of course the Big Lipped Alligator Moment with the cloaked pumpkin masked guy dancing around. The resolution for Black Latern Spoony is also very abrupt and unsatisfying.
    • Animeking1108: The moment that probably made me refuse to watch a Spoony video for a long time was in part 2, where he told his fans to track down and kill people that liked Final Fantasy X.
  • Tropers/Qwertz: During the third session of Lord Kat's Wyrmwick campaign (which is part of Lord Kat's output for his website), the group faces guards. Jason wanted to give them an animal motif, so he used a random generator and the result he got and went with was the bee. The group then laughed their asses off at that idea. Then Spoony (who didn't participate in the campaign) interrupted them and attacked the players for "taking a shit over Jason's campaign" and defended the bees because "he liked the bee-theme and considers stealing it", "out of all the animals in the US, bees kill the most humans" and he "understands respect for the bee". I mean, what the fuck? First, even if bees do kill people, it doesn't make guards with bee-insignia or whatever less ridiculous, cows kill more people than sharks but you would hardly be intimidated by that. Second, he is well aware of Linkara's "Bee's, my God!" running joke. Third, he makes a shit-ton of bee-jokes in his review of The Wicker Man, including lines like Ross tells him that he's in the manor of Sister Summers Isle, and that she's expecting him outside... outside, with the horrible, evil bees....
  • fluffything: His written review of AKIRA is a big DMOS for me mostly due to the blatant Bias Steamroller and research goofs. First of all, he spends over half of the review making fun of the Anime fandom (Say, Spoony, what was that you said about how you hated that Roger Ebert was making fun of video game fans? Hypocrisy much?) and "joking" (in the loosest sense of the word possible) about how "(insert Japanese word here) means (insert "Anime Sux LOL" comment here)". Second, he claims that he didn't bother to read the original Manga to understand what's going on because it's "too long" and complains that the movie was too confusing. Spoony, you do realize you could've just looked up the movie on the internet and gotten useful footnotes on the plot and characters, right? Third, speaking of plot, he overlooks important plot elements (Like that Akira was a human being whose psychic powers went out of control destroying Tokyo in the first place) in favor of a poorly-written summary that sounds like what would happen if one were to watch an episode of Dragon Ball Z on fast-forward. If he didn't like the movie, fine. He's entitled to his opinion. But, would it kill him to actually put some effort into his review instead of complaining about something he could've easily learned more about by doing five minutes of research on Wikipedia?

Atop the Fourth Wall
  • Xaris: Normally, Linkara is among my favorite reviewers on the site, but in his double review of The Others #1 and Brute Force #1, he makes a joke decrying media bias.... For no discernible reason. Honestly, I don't mind the political jokes, in fact, one of my favorite of his bits is his global politics bit in his and the Nostalgia Critic's Superman IV review even though I actually disagree with his suggestion that nuclear weapons were the main reason why the Cold War never escalated into full scale conflict. However, the media bias joke was an unnecessary bit that felt horribly shoehorned in for the sake of making a political point. It had nothing to do with the comic nor the context that lead up to the joke and left a bitter taste for the rest of the review.
  • Red And White: The Power Rangers Zeo episode. I'll admit, I haven't been a great fan of the Vyce arc anyway (as people keep saying, the pacing has been awful and its a case of "must be more epic") but the fight just smacked of huge self-indulgence. It's a really big shame, because the last showdown he had with Mechakara was brilliant, scary and just generally a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • Archduke Cthulhu: In the collaborative One Moment In Time review, I enjoyed it for his massive Take That of Quesada like his reviews of Countdown for DC, but the opening bugged me. He and his friend (The Last Angry Geek) beat up a guy who enjoyed One More Day and force-fed him his trade edition. That wasn't Comedic Sociopathy, that was being an obnoxious fanboy douchebag.
  • JFP 1986: His review of the Godyssey wasn't truly bad, but I think he seriously dropped the anecdotal ball there. No mention whatsoever of Rob Liefeld currently being a born again Christian, the much publicized relaunch of Avengelyne that actually looks pretty cool, or that Alan Moore wrote some issues of Glory. And I was just a bit bothered when Linkara said we shouldn't care about Liefeld's departure from Image. As an aspiring comic book and popculture historian, I happened to be fascinated with Image Comics history. And saying that Liefeld shouldn't work for any company because he only did the cover art for the Godyssey (which isn't entirely true, he also help plot it) is an unbelievably weak argument. I know these are just jokes, but it gives me the impression that for the most part, Linkara doesn't care for the history of any comic books that aren't Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Transformers, Star Trek or Doctor Who.
  • bobdrantz: His review of Atari Force #1. The main reason is that he decided to do it live. Look, Linkara, I'm sure you thought you were doing someting special for the fans. But, when I can't hear you over all the people screaming in the audience, there's a problem. It may have been a good idea at the time, but, it was poorly executed. Next time, Linkara, just stick to the multi-part specials instead.
  • So We Ate Them: Silent Hill: Dying Inside #1-2. Three little words: "Special Needs monster." Linkara makes a point out of being one of the site's most tactful members. So why did he think that making a joke The Nostalgia Critic couldn't get away with was a good idea?
  • fluffything: I like AT4W, but his recent review of NBC Comics just didn't feel quite right compared to his other works. Sure, it was funny, but, there was one aspect of it that really bothered me. Mainly that his biggest complaint was that the comics were all "to be continued..." stories in which the reader would have to watch the respective shows the comics were based on to find out what happens next. To me, this is just an example of laziness on Linkara's part. Why? Because "to be continued" storylines are actually pretty common in fiction. Heck, there are even entire FRANCHISES based on various parts of the story being told in multiple media to get a full understanding of what's going on. Plus, um, Linkara reviews comics, right? Did he forget that there are SEVERAL comic arcs that end in "to be continued" and that they don't have any resolution until the next chapter?
  • alpal95: I love Linkara a whole lot; he's my favorite reviewer and I think he completely blows the Nostalgia Critic right out of the water. However, I'd still feel better if I got this off of my chest. A bit too often, I tend to find a few hints of hypocrisy in Linkara's writing, mostly in his jokes, and there are two examples I can think of right off the bat. The first is in "Marville #4", when he acknowledges that there will be people who want an explanation of how he knows what happened in the previous Marville issues if he was just a hologram in the previous review. His answer is, "It's not that big a deal... just relax," then he hastily makes up an answer then tells Pollo to shut up when he says it kind of is a big deal. The other example is in "The Next Top 15 Screw-Ups of Atop the Fourth Wall," where the first entry on the list is from the "Alone in the Dark" review when he and Nostalgia Critic proceed to mock the film for one character's mispronunciation of "Newfoundland". These two feel hypocritical for several reasons. First, the later doesn't feel right because the whole joke is that he's mocking someone for mispronouncing a word when he has been criticized in the past for pronouncing words in certain ways. The former is because of the MST3K Mantra, where "it's just a show so relax" is used as an excuse to brush off criticism or not provide explanations, which is hypocritical for any critic to use because their whole schtick revolves around them pointing out flaws in creative works and expecting explanations for things in stories. Now I'm a forgiving person and I'm not holding any of this against Linkara; he's still my favorite reviewer and unlike others on TGWTG, he hasn't done anything awful enough for me to like him less. Just as long as he keeps his flaws to a minimum or actually tries to fix it, I will still be a regular viewer of his.

Todd in the Shadows
  • bobdrantz: Normally, I like Todd in the Shadows. I find his reviews to be pretty enjoyable. And, even though I disagree with some of his opinions, I usually can respect them. But, his two-part review of Katy Perry's "Firework" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. It sounded more like he was bashing the songs for being "inspirational" rather than the music content themselves. And, even going so far as to say that Katy Perry would be too arrogant to understand what it's like to be an "outcast". Look, I'm not a big fan of Katy Perry, but, I'm sure even SHE would know what it's like to have self-esteem issues. Being famous does not make one any more or less vulnerable to low self-esteem than anyone else. He also makes it sound like insperiational songs are only for teenage girls with image issues. Because, ya know it's not like there are people of all demographics who have felt awful about themselves in one way or another. No, clearly these songs are only for teen girls who think they're too fat.
  • Mosquito Man: I took Todd's perspective on the songs in a different light than the above, but there's a part where Todd shows a picture of a guy with weird hair and says he needs to die. Todd considers that man a mistake on the part of God, and an example of one of the "mistakes God makes all the time". Given how Todd acts in the commentaries, it was probably all meant as a joke, but I found it DMOS-worthy to say what amounts to, "God makes mistakes all the time, like this guy here, this guy needs to die".
  • fluffything: I happen to be a fan of Todd in the Shadows as well, but even I couldn't sit through the entire review for Bruno Mars' "Lazy Song". The main reason being that he spends several minutes complaining about what he calls "White boys playing acoustic guitar" songs and stating that people only write/sing "mellow" songs to "get laid". Listen, Todd, I like your videos, I find them to be entertaining. But, I want to know what you think of whatever specific hit single is out on the pop charts, not hear you whine about some genre you happen to dislike. Second, um, isn't "getting laid" one of the reasons why a lot of people write/sing songs for pretty much any genre?
  • Mimimurlough: His treatment of Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" was bad, but to date nothing can really top the double standard he put on "Born This Way". After years of reviewing artists who rubs their very (and sometimes aggressively) heterosexual desires in our faces, he looks at what is possibly the first mainstream song that is dedicated to LGBT people and calls it pandering? Apparently not even members of the community can acknowlege that it even exists in their works without getting berated for it.

Angry Joe
  • UltimaThule: Angry Joe's "Transformers 2 Review: Joe & Fans vs. The Critics". It's not just that he misses the point on a lot of criticisms he points out. It's not just that when he says that Michael Bay was "trying to please everybody," he fails to acknowledge what trying to please everyone usually results in. It's not just that he outright insults everyone who didn't enjoy Revenge of the Fallen, making us look like humorless snobs (I for one can, in fact, enjoy mindless thrill movies but I just didn't likeRotF; though I don't go so far as to call people idiots for liking it). Joe forgets that Opinion Myopia goes both ways; in insulting people who are blind to others' opinions, he only makes himself look bad, and he automatically assumes that the viewers completely agree with him. Add to that the fact that he plays the flimsy "If you didn't like this movie you're a sissy!" card throughout, displaying an overly macho attitude that detracts from his credibility. I'm sorry, I wasn't aware that only "real men" are capable of enjoying anything. Our star producer, ladies and gentlemen: a hypocritical Jerk Ass with a messiah complex.
  • DudeL: Angry Joe's "Top 32 Reasons Why I Hate Fable III". Oh God...I know Fable III deserves it's your mileage may vary status and it would have been okay if he just did a rational, fact-based negative review with some humorous anger. But no, he had to go on a twenty-five minute rant where he makes the game sound like the nadir of all that ever was. While he does point out some legitimate flaws like the game's short length and the fact that you need the exact same DLC as someone to play co-op with them, most of the flaws he complains about are small, subjective, or simply things he didn't look into more. He complains about the loading screens between areas (not every studio has the tech to reduce the amount of loading, and the loading screens aren't even long), he calls melee combat pointless because enemies block your attacks (they don't block 100% of the time and he forgets you can charge up your attack for an unblockable one), he says that the co-op is flawed because, while it's up to par with what Fable 2 deserved, it isn't up to par with what Fable 3 deserves, he doesn't like the expression system because he would prefer to have an actual conversation with the npcs (not every game needs Dialogue Trees Joe) and because he thinks the fart and dance expressions are silly (it's a humorous game Joe! Do you not get that those silly expressions are supposed to be silly?), he doesn't like the customization options because he thinks they are limited i.e. he can't get the exact style of facial hair he wants, and Jesus Christ it goes on.
  • Dr Zulu 2010: Angry Joe can be hit or miss for me. But his rant about Nintendo getting Ad revenue being outrageous is a huge miss for me. As someone else said about it above, Nintendo is in their own right to get a percentage in money for their own games and copyrights. Is it a bad business decision? Surely. But it's legally in their rights to do those things. And Angry Joe's response just makes him as greedy by removing his Mario Party 10 stream. It's not like you lose all your money; they take a bit of money of it. Also, haven't you heard about Nintendo's partner system? Before you open your mouth, learn to do the research.
    • Just Here To Comment: I agree wholeheartedly. Removing the video was an extreme overreaction to the fact that Nintendo will make money from the ad revenue. Regardless of whether Nintendo does make money from the ad revenue, he will still make money with all the people who watch his videos and who watch his past videos. It's very unlikely he will lose a large sum of money from having one video where the money is split. Also, the fact that him saying it's his last Nintendo video is not much of a threat since he has very rarely done any Nintendo videos in the past.
    • Bengson26: Ditto on this entry. Joe acts as if Nintendo is taking all the money his Nintendo-related videos when in reality, they're taking, at best, a small percentage of the ad revenue. Never mind the fact he rarely uploads Nintendo-related videos (if we were to include his now-deleted streams of Mario Party 10 and Mario Kart 8, he has only made 4 Nintendo-related videos out of the 691 in total), it also makes him look really greedy. Joe, be lucky you didn't lose a loyal subscriber.
      • Misfit119: Not going to contest the above points since I think his reaction was way out of character overreaction but Nintendo did hit him with copyright strikes and then pointed out the Nintendo Partner program afterwards. If his Youtube channel is killed due to copyright strikes his career is going to tank hard. For someone who uses the name Angry Joe one could get away with calling him goofy Joe most of the time, this is one of the only times he's gone Angry and it was really kind of pointless flailing.
  • Awesomekid42: For the most part, I really enjoyed Joe's review of the Godzilla video game for PS4. But there was a part of the review that rubbed me the wrong way. During one of his criticisms about the online modes, he shown a battle between him and another player, apparently named David, with David having way higher stats, and dominating Joe in the fight to show how unbalenced the online battles could be. Fair enough. But throughout the battle, Joe was frequently saying sarcastic compliments and condescending remarks about his opponent, as if he was humoring a try hard despite not even knowing him. It was needlessly harsh, and made Joe look like a dick.
  • Catmuto: Angry Joe is a hit-and-miss for me, overall. Some of his complaints about things I can agree with, others I find he's overreacting about things. But the point when he went way over the line and lost me, was in his Top 10 Worst Games list and he put Final Fantasy XIII at 1st place. Now, if he doesn't like XIII that is fine with me, everyone has their opinion. But his opinion is beyond what I would call justified Angry-Joe-Behavior. He says he doesn't play RPGs much, he never played a Final Fantasy game before and never will because one game is definitely showing that all the previous games, and any coming ones, from the series will suck major balls.
    He even admits that he didn't finish the game, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. If you don't like a game, fine, I don't like my share of (generally well-liked) games myself. But you do not have the right to say the entire game is shit, when you haven't played the entire game. I can even understand XIII being a very derisive game to begin the Final Fantasy games with, it definitely has flaws. But what Angry Joe did was basically whine over how the game apparently wasn't action-y enough for him and took too long to start - it's called an RPG, Angry Joe, they tend to take their time to build up the world, characters and stories, so you know what you're getting into. That was one of the last nails I needed to stop watching Angry Joe entirely, that was way over the line for me, pal.

  • bobdrantz: While I find her reviews for the The Land Before Time films to be poor for several reasons, it pales in comparison to what she says in her review for The Land Before Time X; The Great Longneck Migration. How so? Well, during the review, she points out a scene where an elderly Longneck gets severely injured, and she complains that the main heroes decide to help him instead of just leaving him behind. Mull that over for a moment; She actually suggested that a bunch of innocent children who are shown to be good moral people, erm, dinosaurs should just leave their new friend to die a horrible death. That's just disgusting.
  • fluffything: Speaking of The Land Before Time, her review of Day of the Flyer had a moment where I couldn't help but just sit there in utter shock and disgust. At one point in the film, Cera's baby step-sister Tricia accidentally falls into a river and nearly drowns. How does MarzGurl respond to this? She says, and I quote "Because she's dumb and a toddler like that". That's right, a movie shows a baby in grave danger and her response is to essentially call the infant "stupid." That's not how you react to an infant's drowning, fictional or otherwise.
  • Translation Terrors Power Rangers: This video is not a review, it's a blatant biased sentai purist rant on how every single thing about P.R is stupid and Zyu Ranger is perfect because its sentai. She insults the acting on the show.Because as we all know that sentai is a wealth of amazing acting talent. She implies Zack only dances to impress alpha 5 and cant actually fight. This is disproven in literally every single episode that Zack appears in.(over 60) She calls out alpha 5 as being silly, because no sentai ever had silly characters. She speaks as if the plans used in Zyuranger where all complex and well thought out and full of substance and power rangers just took out any kind of substance for action. Zyuranger is ever bit as, and sometimes even more, silly as MMPR ( Falling from the moon to earth anyone? ) and MMPR did have serious/creative episodes and many times the monsters would play a part in the theme of the episode or would be used creatively in a different way than the sentai. She makes fun of the rangers having secret identities and having communicators that play the Power Rangers theme song, the sound is not their theme song and even if it was no one wound know that is what it was, and wearing the same color as their ranger color and yet praises the Zyu Rangers for walking around in modern times in clothes that look several hundered years out of date that, guess what? Match their ranger colors, showing her as a hypocrite. At the end of the video she spends over a minute complaining that PR's has a continuity, aka they are'nt doing the same thing the sentai does so its not as good.... because. She calls PR Merchandise-Driven. EXACTLY what sentai is. Never once does she one speak of Zyuranger with anything other than glowing praise, other than saying it MIGHT be over dramatic and kinda cheesy, and never mentions any of its flaws or the absolute non-logic of some of its characters. Burai saw Geki get taken as a child so he has no reason to want to kill him. Geki's "personality" is being loud. Bandora's son is killed by a T-rex when he tries to smash its eggs and she sells her soul and memories of her son to satan to kill dinasours and avenge her son who she does'nt remember, so she started a war for no reason, and tries to harass children because she can't remember her son. And the fact that there are children of the week who have more personality than the Zyurangers. I'd need alot more space to point out everything wrong with the video so I'll wrap up. Everything in this video is either incorrect, biased, a thinly veiled excuse to say "it's not the sentai", a painful double standard in favor of the sentai, Critical Research Failure, desperately grasping for straws, or a flat out lie.

  • distantsun: LordKaT's comment about Terry Pratchett's "brain degenerating into mush" in his 10 Hardest Adventure Games video, in light of Pratchett's diagnosis with Alzheimer's, was at best an astoundingly bad accidental choice of words and at worst an unfunny, offensive attempt at a joke. I know a lot of LK's humor is on the dark, controversial side, and usually I can appreciate it, but this seriously crossed a line for the sake of an offhand comment that wasn't even particularly amusing even if you're not offended by it.
  • troxe: For me it's "Batman & Robin in 5 seconds". Unlike the other 5 seconds movies this one is just gross and pointless.
  • Shadoboy: In my opinion, Video Game Confessions: Duke Nukem. Doug already made clear in Bum Reviews why he disliked Avatar, fair enough. Then as the Nostalgia Critic he made a throw-away joke reminding us why he disliked it. Pointless, but not bad. But then comes this. Was it really necessary to have an episode of Video Game confessions that was only a several minutes long joke with the punchline being "By the way, I didn't like Avatar" and worse, explaining everything again?
  • Sick Brit Kid: While I normally like Benzaie and his charming, snarky French attitude, his video "TOP 5: Why Zelda Twilight Princess SUCKS" was just downright stupid(it was nothing but petty nitpicks that were used against the game a full FIVE YEARS ago when it came out), ignorant (Really, Benzaie? You're gonna rail against Twilight Princess for having items that aren't used outside of the dungeons you acquire them in... Even though that showed up in Ocarina of Time, which you shill on endlessly? Or you're gonna bitch about the final item being another Clawshot and how much that sucks...despite the longshot from Ocarina of Time basically just being a longer hookshot? Oh, and you're also gonna rail on the game's graphics, completely ignoring the fact that it was made for the Nintendo GameCube and then ported to the Wii?), and just came off like he was trying to bait fans of Twilight Princess into flaming him and get a whole bunch of views by either the TP fans who came to debate and/or flame him and the TP haters who came to defend his points of view. All in all, it was one of the worst game reviews since X-Play's Your Childhood Sucked: Final Fantasy 7.
  • fluffything: While Suburban Knights has been pretty middle-ground in terms of entertainment (Some parts are genuinely funny where as others are, well, not), I find the scene with the mother complaining her kid can't play on the playground while Spoony's team is battling to be one of the most poorly-written scenes in the special so far. The woman playing the mother is a terrible actress, the gag feels forced and unfunny, and there's really no reason for it to happen other than for some poorly-written gag to occur. Also, the girl playing the woman's daughter is a horrible actress. She just keeps smiling and giggling for no reason at all and it's very distracting.
  • fluffything: Normally, I like Bennett the Sage's Anime Abandon series and it's interesting to see his views on hilariously bad Anime from the late 80s-early 90s. But, I just pretty much said "Fuck it" after the first few minutes of this Vampire Wars review. Why, you may ask? Because of his "I hate vampires" rant. Now, it's not the fact that he doesn't like vampires that bothers me. What I found to be a DMOS was his reasoning for hating the vampires. It pretty much boiled down to "because I don't like the fandom" and "vampires are popular", and then he acts all smug and hip stating how he was hating vampires before it was "cool to like vampires". Again, apart from bashing the fandom, he gives no other reason to hate vampire fiction. Look, if you don't like something, fine. But, for Alucard's sake, give a more legitimate reason to dislike vampires (IE: The mythos, the various media portrayals, etc.) themselves rather than just whine about the fandom.
  • Plasma: The entire Santa-Christ section of the six-part film, Kickassia, was complete rubbish! Aside from having about 3 jokes in the 15 minutes of time dedicated to him, it was also used as an excuse for a very over-extended sequence of cameos just saying "I believe in Santa-Christ" culminating in a very predictable parody of those kind of things. And then he just comes back anyway, for no reason (enforcing Status Quo Is God in the process) and acts as a blatant Deus ex Machina.
  • fluffything: Normally, I like What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? and I find Nash (and Tara) to be pretty funny. But, good gods of bacon do I have a problem with the ending of the Regret At Leisure episode. Three words: Arlo's Pony Paradise. This isn't a good-natured joke at the series itself. No, it's a mean-spirited Take That towards the fandom. It basically boils down to "Bronies (and Pegasisters) are stupid for taking a cartoon geared towards little girls seriously!". And, yes, that is Nash's actual opinion on the fandom. Look, if you don't like a show, fine. But being a total dick towards a fandom you don't like. Just because they like to discuss the mythos and everything in a serious and mature discusion doesn't make them stupid.
  • So We Ate Them: Phelous' review of A Serbian Film. It's essentially ten straight minutes of him saying the film sucks and is disgusting. He admitted that he'd done little to no preparation for the review, (justifying it in that the film sucks) and that he was resorting to overused jokes. He obviously did little to no research beyond a Wikipedia page he waved at the camera just to convince us he did research, nor did he take any notes over the course of the one time he watched the movie, as nobody (not even the director) besides Milos is referred to even once as something other than a variant of "sick fuck." Look. I know A Serbian Film is one of the greatest tests of wills this side of Rectified Anonymity, But for Pete's sake, If you're going to do a gag review, do a gag review, and if you're going to do a proper review, carry out the usual procedures, take the notes, and for the love of God, don't half-ass it, regardless of your opinion on the film.
  • * InTheGallbladder: Brows Held High gave a great review of Vase de Noces, but there's one part I don't like about it: The closing cameo bit. It felt like an attempt to advertise the two cameos (particularly when the host name-drops the urls to both their websites in the dialogue) didn't contribute anything to the review proper, and beyond that, it's just another Take That to the concept of "reviewer dibs," on which several members of site had already made their views clear.
  • Xeno42: Brows Held High did a good job in general with the Shakespeare month, but saying Taming of the Shrew was "an MRA fight song" in the 10 Things I Hate About You review was a really pathetic jab that shows he has clearly never looked into the movement beyond reading Tumblr blogs (I'd say it's a joke but it just relies too heavy on a negative stereotype to seem humorous).
  • X Spectre Grey X: While I don't think Sage is a good games reviewer at all, his review of Halo 4 is completely horrible. At the beginning, he made it perfectly clear that he did not care for the series, so of course he wouldn't know what's going on. He never mentions this during his review, instead just being deadpan and bored. His complete lack of enthusiasm for the game is so obvious and overpowering, that it makes it impossible to take him seriously. It felt like he went into this game not liking it because, well, it's Halo. It also doesn't help that he actually says that he dislikes modern shooters, so he's already going in bias. He goes as far as to say that the weapons are mere reskins of each other, which is an outright lie. It's not even hard to determine the difference between most of the guns (even those in the same type, e.g the rifles). Sage just didn't care enough to look deeper. Halo 4 was made for Halo fans, and really, can only be appreciated fully by them, or at the bare minimum, someone's who's played a few games in the series.
    • Misfit119: This was actually what made me stop watching Sage altogether. He pushes himself as "No lies, all facts" and then spouts overopinionated garbage that shows a clear slant towards very specific games, notably PS3 games. He will rag on Halo 4 for doing things that it never actually does (ie. weapons being reskins) and then praise PS stuff like Killzone even though it has the things he hates in Halo (that, once again, Halo doesn't actually have). It's like he sucks up all the crappy from Playstation games so he can ignore them and then projects them violently onto any Xbox games in sight. One of the best things that ever happened to video gaming is when he stopped passing himself off as a reviewer. It's one thing to be biased and gleeful in it, like a console exclusive reviewer might be, it's another to be biased and ignorant and call yourself an honest reviewer.
  • GGGG: Weekly Manga Recap from the 4th of September 2012, previously titled "Tobi is Obito!" This was just after the non-legal scans hit the web and the massive title was spread across the TGWTG banner in huge lettering, meaning anybody who followed the Naruto manga legally (from Shonen Jump, etc.) or was following the anime had the big reveal spoiled. They were nice enough to change it later to "Tobi is...!" It felt like they were punishing the Naruto fandom who wanted to receive the story in a legitimate way.
  • dsneybuf: Paw Dugan's review of South Pacific feels like the most disappointing episode of Music Movies I ever saw. As soon as I saw the runtime total only about 13 minutes, I feared that he wouldn't do one of my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals justice. Indeed, he skipped nine songs. Some of these not only sounded nice, but they also represented major plot points, such as love blooming between the Beta Couple. He didn't even discuss the changes made to the script, or say whether he prefers the longer or shorter cut of the movie. As for the songs he did discuss, he didn't put each of them into proper context. This could make the review seem confusing. I feel sorry for people who used this seemingly rushed video as their primer to South Pacific.