If you can't imagine how a bratty, cynical reviewer could ever induce heartwarming moments, just take a look at this page.
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"would make a good dad"
Way back in the Harry Potter book launch, sitting with the teenage girls and laughing with them while he trolls everyone else.
He has a big problem with (undeserving) children being badly treated or the movie logic letting parents/adults behave like dicks. It's a lovely Papa Wolf thing and if you remember that he (the Critic, obviously, not Doug) was abused as a kid, it adds even more sweetness.
Nicely exemplified in the Baby Geniuses review as he rages in disgust about how the film was not worth getting a young kid to cry.
Also get a lot of it from Little Monsters. Seriously, that movie must have been extra-horrific for him!
That review was also his advertisement for Red Ribbon Reviewers, a project that wanted to raise awareness for AIDS. So his being a fierce Papa Wolf, while always cool, was extra awesome this time around.
The Once Upon a Forest review was pretty eh, so his angry reaming out of Cornelius for being a coward and putting the kids in danger was a delight.
In "The Secret Of NIMH 2", he has a gigantic rant about putting too much pressure on kids.
Also done in Bebe's Kids, where he loses all patience with the lead after he treats the children like crap. He even compares the message of "at least he didn't leave them" to saying someone has killed five hundred people but at least he's not Hitler.
It comes out in full force in "The Tommy Knockers". The asshole adulterer is treated like an asshole throughout, but in the Critic's eyes, his leaving a child in danger to go fuck his mistress is a Moral Event Horizon.
How one-track-minded he is about saving starving kids in the second half of the Tank Girl review.
His list of better things to do rather than watching the film: plant a tree, read a book, help at a soup kitchen, adopt an animal, read stories at the orphanage, call your mother, volunteer at a retirement home, see how milk is made, donate to MORE starving children, give clothes to the Salvation Army, press the stop button.
In Care Bears II How he can't stop himself from saving the girl even though he knows it's a trap.
The end of the Babes in Toyland review. Even though the Ghost Of Christmas Future has been a complete dick the entire episode, as soon as Critic hears him depressed and boozing, he goes over to comfort him in a really fatherly way. He'd make a good daddy.
Even though foot entered mouth at the end of it, he was pretty good at comforting the crying Burger King too.
The implication in the Star Trek Generations review that he won't let his eventual child hear any bad words. Overprotective sure, but so very cute too.
And earlier in The Cell where he said if his coma kid wasn't cured by a hospital in two months, he'd take it to another one. He really is succeeding in the I Am Not My Father bit.
Related to the above child cruelty, is the dislike of just being mean spirited in kids' movies like Little Monsters and Alaska. Also referenced in the "Top 10 Movies That He Hates But Everybody Else Loves" of why he didn't like Matilda.
He's alluded to babysitting once or twice. How is that image not the cutest thing ever?
He's the only person who actually listened to what 90s Kid had to say, not just treating him like he's an annoyance. As well-deserved as that reputation might be.
While bizarre (kids aren't going to think puppy power is real), Pound Puppies mostly gets anger for possibly damaging the self-esteem of children.
Remember kids, you can talk to your dogs. If for some reason it doesn't work, there's something wrong with you. You should be ashamed of yourself and feel totally awful that you can't enjoy your dog. Sorry, we don't know what the fuck's wrong with you, maybe you're just an idiot.
Him and Young!Critic chewing out Mystery Inc. for leaving Scrappy Doo, when Scrappy is suppose to be a child. What makes it heartwarming is that even if you don't like Scrappy, both Critics calling them out basically leaving Scrappy to die in the desert shown how mean spirited Mystery Inc. was portrayed in the film. Young!Critic also points out that Scooby is suppose to be Scrappy's caretaker (uncle) and doesn't do anything to stop them. Basically shows how much of a Papa Wolf any Critic is, as well as how much he loves his past.
Old!Critic being a snarky but mellow Team Dad to his younger selves. Two reasons for this: 1) teenage!Critic probably needs as much parental love as he can get. 2) It means Critic would have eventually been in a good place to become a Dad, and not be overbearing or accidentally abusive at all.
In The Odd Life of Timothy Green review, The Critic's main beef with the film is how bad the parents are. They pushed Timmy to do things they failed at (soccer, art, music), never listened to him, gave bad advice, didn't trust his new friend just because she was a girl, never asked Timmy questions about who he was or where he came from, and didn't learn from their mistakes. In fact, they were willing to make more mistakes, thinking it makes them good parents. Heck, it's just full of these moments.
And the fact that they never noticed Timothy losing his leaves until he was about to lose the last one. That's kind of important. Or that neither of them was around when he could have drowned.
The Critic pointing out that making Timothy's mother's sister a bitch does not make the mother a good parent, ditto with the dad's father. The couple is surrounded by jerkass people and still come off looking horrible!
His biggest issue with Son of the Mask is a genuine worry that kids would be traumatized by its numerous scary images.
He praises Where the Wild Things Are for its realistic depiction of children's psychology, and reasons that so many audiences didn't know what to make of the film because it shows just how complex a child's emotional state of mind can be.
Defending the work of Dr. Seuss as more than "simple kids' books".
Also, letting Evilina keep the Dr. Seuss book in the end.
For all the complaints he has about the Bridge to Terabithia movie's romanticized Mundane Made Awesome scenes, he praises how well the film handles Jess's reaction to his friend Leslie's death, as it realistically shows what any kid Jess's age would go through in such a situation without sugarcoating anything.
He also completely snaps when one of Jess' Jerkass classmates teases him about it, and strongly encourages Jess to forget just once that violence isn't the answer and punch him, which he does.
Really, pretty much any time he goes into a Papa Wolf rant.
Rob/The Other Guy/Santa Christ
Considering the things Rob is usually doing to his brother in the Nostalgia Critic reviews - hitting him with a ruler, restraining him during psychotic fits, etc. -, it's hard not to at least say "aw" when they hug in The Star Wars Holiday Special. Even if Rob is dressed as Santa Christ.
Same thing goes for Rob supporting and looking after a very drunk, crying and TMNT-obsessed Critic in the Phelous/Cinema Snob co-review. (Also for this, Snob's and Phelous's disturbed, concerned reactions when they see how far gone Critic is. Especially as this most likely takes place after Kickassia.)
Even though it's hilarious, intentional irony, how destroyed The Other Guy looks when he sees the Critic dead in the shower. Despite being a Big Brother Bully (TOG, obviously, not Rob), he does care.
Blink and you'll miss it, but at the start of "The OTHER Titanic Movie", after berating the Critic for ruining the costume party and musing that he controls him, when he sees Critic passed out on the floor he rushes over, clearly worried.
Also trying to comfort him at the start of the first commercial special. Strangely, the dinosaur mask doesn't really detract anything.
Rob might not be in it, but the Critic's main problem with The Ten Commandments is that Ramses and Moses don't act like brothers, that there's no love or good memories of the times they've spent together.
He and his friends looking after Critic at the end of Surf Ninjas.
From Moulin Rouge!, after the Chick's Sanity Slippage obsession with Todd, it's almost sweet to see how much more comfortable she is bantering and bitching with Critic.
From his side, Critic's weariness over that crush on Todd. With Chick herself oblivious and Elisa/Nella now encouraging her, it's good seeing someone who realizes what a bad thing it is.
Also, Chick being the one in El Tango De Pretense to be kind to the Critic and tell him it's perfectly alright to like an awesome scene in a movie he hates. Pet the Dog at its finest.
Even though Critic took great delight in pushing her temper, both he and Floss look like they want to hug her when they realize just how much the Slut Shaming bit pissed her off.
From how it's filmed, Chick didn't seem to care that much about Critic shooting Floss. What she did get depressed over, however, is the Critic's destroyed My God, What Have I Done? reaction. She really does care about him.
In a way, their sing-snarking. Because on the surface it looks like he's all alone while she's with her friends, but really she'll always be around for him and vice versa in their twisted, dysfunctional ways.
Subtle, but he references the Chick's opinions and jokes a lot more than anyone else's.
Sweet in a twisted way, but he calls the possessed person in Star Trek with no feelings, emotions or needs his ideal woman; the Chick has tried her very best to make everyone believe she's completely tough, hard and badass. She is his ideal woman. Coupled with him wanting her to be proud of herself in the Bratz review and you get the idea that she's always been.
Ferngully: Despite what she's saying, the full-blown affection in the Chick's voice when she called him a "stupid sack of shit" and pinched his cheek like he was her child.
Even though she said no, his sincere fawning over the Chick in Ferngully II and wanting to do the episode with her because he has fond memories of the last review.
The Drew Struzan tribute. A sweet fanboy gushfest.
His tribute to Double Dare was very much the same, especially when he gave the "Dude, you got balls" award to Marc Summers.
Likewise, his loving tribute to Siskel and Ebert, mixed in with Tear Jerker when he had to talk about the former's death. Ebert even praised it on twitter! (Which Doug had framed, a heartwarming moment in itself.)
The tribute to Animaniacs. The Critic is clearly having a great time and his happy couldn't help but rub off on you.
His talking about how great the recently-deceased-at-that-point John Hughes was at the start of Home Alone III, with "Don't You Forget About Me" playing in the background for added nostalgia.
"The Top 11 Simpsons Episodes" was sweet, thoughtful, even poignant at times, and brought back everyone's memories of loving the show.
Critic: I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and you will always be remembered. —>It's also sweet how he eschews his theme song in favor of silence during the end credits out of respect.
Chester (The Bum)
In True Internet Story, Chester defending the Critic, saying he gave him money for the sake of it and offered him food and shelter until he got back on his feet. D'aww. Also a sneaky Moment Of Awesome, as he promised the interviewer all the dirt he wanted on the Critic.
Over on the second DVD, Critic praying for Chester when he hears him finding the Blues Brothers game.
In James and the Giant Peach, Chester saying that he loved the video even while entitledly saying the fans deserve better. Extra nice after the "Search For The Necronomicon", in which the Critic acted like an asshole (mostly because he was grieving over Ma-Ti) and Chester shouted that he wanted nothing more to do with him.
It's both sad and sweet about Chester being the only one to show up and defend Critic when he feels like nobody can stand him.
Hell, just the fact that it was Chester speaking for the fans instead of Douchey (see Doug's LP commentary for context) speaks volumes about how endearing the former is.
Even though they were pissed at each other in the Transformers 3 Bum/Critic Review, Critic confirming that he gave Chester his one and only job.
Their working together in the Star Trek review was very nice.
Chester just has to shake his cup now and Critic will give him the change he wants. Must make a nice difference from having to shout and beg constantly.
Every year when the Critic begins a review by yelling "CHRISTMAS!" Especially good in Rover Dangerfield when he actually walks to his backyard just so he can run all the way to the review room and shout it.
Just how happy and excited he gets over the holiday in general. With so much Accentuate the Negative surrounding Christmas, it's a delight to see someone who enjoys it so shamelessly.
In the Babes in Toyland review, his love for the holiday is so strong that the ghost ends up Drowning His Sorrows because Critic just can't muster up any dislike in order to do a parody of the Christmas Carol.
Which is promptly followed by him pitching in to cheer the guy up by having him choose what movie he will review next. Though he agrees quite unwillingly, it was still awful nice of him.
His first list of the greatest Christmas specials can't help but give you lots of warm fuzzy feelings.
"Top 11 Most Awesome Music Themes" serves as 1) an epic playlist, 2) more catering to the "woobie child" lovers with another appearance from the trauma monkey, and 3) a rare happy trip down nostalgia lane.
In "You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard", when the Critic believes Linkara became an alcoholic as a result of him not existing, the Critic starts to apologize to the Linkara that can't hear him, sounding completely upset about what he thinks has happened to one of his best friends. But it turns out he would own both Marvel and DC comics and was only in the bar because the snowstorm outside buried his car.
In "The Top 12 Santa Clauses" he launches into the statosphere like Superman out of sheer joy that it's time for Christmas again!
His entire "CHRISTMAAAAAAAS!" bit was particularly sweet this year. With his... personalitychanges ever since the revival, it's nice to see some things will never change; Critic will always turn into a squeeing pile of goo at Christmas.
In a heartwarming-funny way, the fact that quite a few of the tops Santas are from movies the Critic doesn't really like and admits to not liking despite loving the Santa. Heck, his top pick is from a movie he admits was not very good: Ernest Saves Christmas. What makes you Santa does not depend on your movie for this guy. It's just if you're an awesome Santa.
In his review of The Christmas Tree, Critic is incensed with the phoned-in moral of "You always win if you are good" and goes on to explain that Christmas is all about putting effort into making other people happy. He then goes towards his friends, his brother Rob, and even his parents, where they all wish the viewer a happy holiday, followed by Critic saying that Christmas, no matter what religion you're a part of, is all about humanity.
He declares Arthur Christmas to be a new timeless classic and the whole review is positive about it. You can tell the film really hit what he loves about the holiday.
In crossovers, how whenever he breaks down or cries, the person will almost always comfort him no matter how much of a brat he might have been beforehand. CR was kind to him, Lord Kat took pity on him, Linkara tried to tell him it'll be okay, hell even the frigging Chick rubbed his back when he was upset.
How even though his school life was hell, he hasn't gone down the typical nerd-writer "they all must suffer" Creator Breakdown route and is mature enough to dislike one note bullies in movies.
How Douchey will occasionally get a bone like being able to torture the Critic with no retribution in Old vs. New: Willy Wonka or be the best fan ever in the It's a Wonderful Plot special. Not that it's in any way deserved, but most personifications-of-the-worst-in-fandom don't usually get rewards. It just shows how nice Doug is.
How even though he gets disappointed constantly, any time a movie does something well he gets his hopes up. It's almost uplifting how he hasn't been totally broken in that regard.
The sheer amount of cuddly toys he owns makes him moe as hell.
Mara Wilson's cameo in his review of A Simple Wish definitely shows how well Doug and Mara Wilson managed to resolve their conflict.
A few weeks later, her having squees over both his review of The Room and epic take-down of Bella Swan. Spoony was right when he said it was impossible to stay mad at Doug.
His portrayal of faith is surprisingly lovely. Yes he's a sinning brat and God Is Evil in this universe, but he still prays, kept at it despite doubts, calls movies out for strawmanning Christianity but also if they bitch at atheists or other religions, and looks adorable kissing a silver cross.
It's not the most important thing ever, but in terms of queer women, Alien: Resurrection and The Haunting (1999) both show how much he's grown up since the days of panting over touchy-feely sisters.
The actress who played Lisa in The Room, Juliette Danielle, recently praised his review of her movie. And after all the shit she went through during filming and from audience members, the episode must have been pretty cathartic for her.
The actor who played Mark, Greg Sestero, was interviewed on Reddit, and he stated that he, as well as the rest of movie crew (except for Tommy Wiseau) loves NC's review and that Tommy needs to get a sense of humour. (Said actor would later cameo in the "Dawn of the Commercials" episode.)
Slightly masochistic example, but that oh-so-sweet smile in Cartoon Allstars where he's looking forward to suffering through the special again.
In the Harry Potter book launch, whining to the tickets guy about wanting to be let in early. Might sound like an odd choice, but he sounds like the excitedly impatient Man Child we'll see later on.
Changing his mind and having an adorable fanboy Freak Out as soon as the bookstore opens.
Up until he gets irritated about the lack of title, his squeeful excitement over the Cloverfield trailer.
It might sound also incredibly disgusting, but his description of being a child who was excited to the extreme for the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.
Critic descending into goo with Follow That Bird.
Critic: (having nearly completely given in by now) "IT'S SNUFFALUFFAGUS! I remember Snuffaluffagus!"
And then later he breaks down completely: "I can't do it! I can't make fun of Sesame Street! It's the first show I ever saw!"
This is probably the only episode where he didn't swear at all. It's just such a nostalgia binge, and so lovely.
"YOU! ARE! CHILDHOOD!" Knowing what his childhood was like now (it may not have been a coincidence that the Dark and Troubled Past hints started in the very next episode) makes it all the more powerful.
And he brings out Chester A. Bum to give it the positive, energetic review it deserves.
In the Ghost Love Score-soundtracked Critic/Nerd retrospective, "I'll be there, when you say". Extra points for serving as even more Yaoi Fangirl bait than there already was.
Up until Good Burger erases his sense of fun, his adorably goofy dancing in the Nickelodeon cartoon during NickMonth.
His utter squee when Tempting Fate works in his favor for once and gives him The Adventures Of Pete And Pete.
His reaction to SatAM. Everyone loves seeing him cry, but it is nice to see Tears of Joy for once.
Near the end of the first fuck-up list, he reassures the audience that they can tell him anything he's done wrong because he wants to learn from his mistakes, but can they please not act like Douchey and treat him like an idiot.
He may be drunk, but his "the camera's purdy" smile in It is so lovely that it melts your soul.
After seeing the Critic go through his Heroic BSOD in his "My Pet Monster" review, it just becomes ever-so wonderful to see the ending of the next episode, where he gets over his depression with an epic rendition of "Poor Jack" from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Because, you know what? He's an Iron Woobie and you can't help but feel proud.
Especially when you find out that Doug had a mid-midlife crisis back when he must have been at least in his early twenties. It just makes it an even more triumphant return. Plus, for all Critic's faults and issues, you've got to admit he's resilient.
His Dungeons & Dragons review. Seeing how happy the film makes him is enough to put a grin on your face.
Same thing goes for Commando and pretty much any review where he has fun. This guy is When He Smiles in its purest form.
His parents taking him out to Chuck E Cheeses whenever he got an A-. At least they've done something nice for their child.
Him recovering from his Heroic BSOD at the end of the Baby Geniuses review when he realizes the main problem-not being able to vocalize criticism-is a non-issue. The formerly-depressive and Film Noir-like Inner Monologue picks up to his usual tone, and he gets the goofiest smile on his face... soldier on, Critic.
His reaction to the Dying Moment of Awesome in Double Team. The childlike glee is what sells it, but just before he shows the scene, he swears he will lose all faith in mankind if the setup didn't deliver. And for once in his life, it does!
He sounds really heartbroken when he finds out Dom Deluise is in The Magic Voyage, as he likes the guy and hates having to keep on making fun of him.
The joyful dancing to "Pig Power In The House" over the end credits of Gordy.
Crossing over with Tear Jerker because he knows how she feels, but in "The Top 11 Batman Episodes", his extreme sympathy for Harley being trapped in an abusive relationship and not able to get out of it.
While it's only out on the second DVD and aired late into the donation drive, his Happy Dance after getting Christoper Lloyd to say "I was frozen today" will give you diabetes it's so cute.
The one from his cameo when The Nostalgia Chick reviewed TLC. When she says that one particular songs describe some guys she works with, Critic angrily responds once he appears: "Hey, she's my world!". YMMV, but still cute.
In his review of Milk Money, it meant a lot that he called the scene where Vee gets out out prostitution so insultingly and disgustingly easy.
There's also his calling out the fact that V goes to the Sock Hop where the kids are when she's fleeing for her life from a hitman.
After years of only referencing Ducktales with complaints about its theme song being the king of all Ear Worms, he finally rewatches the first five episodes and ends up gushing over how great they are. "Not only does it hold up, it really holds up!"
His review of James and the Giant Peach. He's trying his hardest to be kind to a movie he doesn't really enjoy because he wants his fans to like him again.
How even though it would be understandable if he trashed the movie after being held at gunpoint and trying to be good the whole review, he instead gives his usual final thoughts which basically amount to "it isn't my thing, but I can see why it's a cult classic". Of course, he still gets killed.
The Tommy Knockers: Even though the focus was obviously more on "crazy old guy = comedy", he likes his Grandpa and it's heartwarming to see him actually having a nice family memory for once.
His calling out of the Haunting remake and the 90s in general for their awful writing of gay and bisexual people was pretty amazing.
His mother (as she's the only confirmed woman who lives with him) showing at least some concern for him when he's drinking heavily and imitating the David Hasselhoff video.
He slams the Freudian Excuse of "child abuse makes you evil" in The Cell. Maybe our favorite brat is taking some responsibility.
His joy at the new theme song for Doug during the Disney years, which eradicates the tumor caused by the old nickelodeon theme song.
From Moulin Rouge!, the song celebrating how everyone has movies or whatever else that are just guilty pleasures, and there's no reason to feel bad about it. Great to see this particular belief of Doug's (see the beginning of his "films I hate that everyone loves" video) seep into the Critic. It's also nice to see the Chick expressing this belief too, especially when you remember Accentuate the Negative is part of her character.
His final, conciliatory summation at the end of his review of the Live Action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: He may hate it, but he doesn't hate the fans at all. Of course, he still thinks he's right. And in a meta way, it's genuinely impressive how Doug still kept his usual aesop of "every movie means something to someone and that's perfectly alright".
Also, the Critic later concedes in his review of The Cat in the Hat review that Jim Carey as the Grinch, while it may not have been fully perfect, was a good performance and Carrey was giving the viewer an actual character, especially compared to Mike Myers as the Cat, who seemed to have the status of a Memetic Molester in the Critic's opinion.
Obviously he's getting manipulated, but he's clearly falling in hard for the flattery when That Sci-Fi Guy acts nice to him in the Star Trek III review.
His affection (and later agonized heartbreak) for Ballsack will soothe anyone angry over his dislike for regular dogs.
In Insurrection, taking the time to do a Q&A with the fans and thank them before flail-running away from Linkara again.
Admitting to Linkara at the end that he did actually need him there to do the review with him. Of course Linkara sours it by his Small Name, Big Ego.
His sheer moral outrage at the awful Glurge that is Patch Adams, even to the point of defending the real guy from the implications in the movie. What makes it even better was that he just disliked it until he realized just how badly they mangled (as in "not even the correct gender") a real friend of Adams who died in a car accident.
Before he realizes the above, his first reaction to the Dean guy saying the woman died is to feel guilty about calling her a stereotypically bad 90s female character.
Similarly, his acknowledgement and support of the real Patch Adams.
He doesn't just acknowledge and support Patch Adams; he urges viewers to look him up, supplies a link, and even suggests donating to his hospital. It's a downright beautiful moment.
Even better, if you look up the YouTube video of Patch Adams speaking at the Mayo Clinic in 2010 (which the Critic uses a clip of in his review), the comment section is actually flooded with people thanking the Nostalgia Critic for telling them about Adams' groundbreaking work.
The Critic and Spike Spencer completely fanboying over each other in the Ponyo review. Shame about the ending, but that was a really nice moment.
How desperately he avoids not mentioning Japan's tidal wave disaster, only letting it slip out when he finds it quite insulting that the movie people are so nonchalant about having lost everything.
Honestly, after the sickening glurge-fest that was Patch Adams, both he and the audience probably needed something as sweet and innocent as Ponyo.
The Critic's interactions with the congoers. Sure, there's a montage of them attacking him, but every single one of their faces says what an absolute blast they're all having.
The Critic engaging in "Sparkle"-talk with the sparkle guy at the end of the Thomas and the Magic Railroad review.
The Critic and Douchey briefly getting along over their love of junk food.
And Critic sincerely offering him a job as a fact-checker.
After Critic completely breaks over three lists chronicling his fuck ups (starting off as a rant about Battlefield Earth but turning into that), Douchey finally decides to be decent and leave him alone.
Smaller, but when the audience laughs at ï¿½cabbageï¿½, both times he looks like a little boy who's overjoyed he just got praise.
He might not like animal leads, but he sounds actually quite upset when he learns hitting a whale's glass hurts their ears and can even kill them.
He notes that Richie Rich had enough funny bits that it could have been a decent film if only the title character was better defined.
His review of the original The Transformers cartoon and the sheer amount of love in it, especially at the end.
Prime!Critic: Which is why I ask all of you gathered here today...in this world of remakes, sequels, and emphasis on special effects...who the fuck just wants to watch some Transformers cartoons?
(Crowd goes absolutely wild; two people hug and jump up and down.)
It was the epicest of hilariously embarrassing home videos and he was rightfully horrified by them getting shown in public, but there's got to be a little part of you that was charmed by wee!Critic's messing around and having fun.
In the same video, he makes it clear that he does think Martin Short is a talented comedian, despite his awful movie choices.
Putting "Bart Gets an F" in the number one spot in his "Top 11 Simpsons Episodes". I won't spoil much, but I'll just point out the obvious: he uses around 4 minutes to talk this episode. And he doesn't waste it. Could also double as a CMOA due to him defending his choice.
There's also him saying that he identifies with Bart in it as well.
And if it was Doug talking as well as the Critic, it gives a lot of hope to those who get bombarded with "your intelligence is determined with your grades and you're a failure if you don't get good ones" messages from everywhere, as obviously Doug is the very opposite of a dumbass loser.
Something that manages to be both sweet and heart-stomping: other than the "F" episode, the other "touching" picks he chose (runner-ups included) were Lisa's Wedding, Mother Simpson and Lisa On Ice. All three episodes have a "your family might make you miserable but you can't help but love them anyway" theme. Oh, Critic.
His genuine sympathy to M. Night Shyamalan, saying that he peaked far too early in his career.
Despite his total confusion about why JesuOtaku is crying over a Ship Sinking, deciding to go to commercials so she'll have some time to feel better.
Doling out due praise to, of all movies, Baby Geniuses 2, saying it's a slight improvement on the first film with more effort put into the story and a genuinely clever and completely logical twist concerning the villain's identity.
The end of the review, with everyone reading 50 Shades Of Grey in various funny voices. It's clear that all the laughter we hear is genuine, and these guys just love hanging out like this.
The ending of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where instead of treating the 80s crowd like idiots for enjoying the movie, he gives them and it credit after initially being confused by their reaction. Shows that he's learned since The Grinch' and Signs.
Rather than joke about the obvious cultural insensitivity of the gross food scene, Doug reveals he loves Indian food, so much that he actually believes they could make that stuff taste good.
Making very clear while reviewing The Wiz that he's not mocking Joel Schumacher for being gay.
He and Todd being genuinely excited when Michael Jackson shows up (gushing over the possibility of the King of Pop dancing), especially considering Doug went very easy on the guy even before his death.
A moment when he and Todd move with the Wicked Witch's song. Even they admit it's just too catchy, and they give in and have a moment of fun with it.
Critic's reaction to that, jumping around and cheering. Even though it segues right into Tear Jerker when he realizes he's got nobody to celebrate with, it's a relief to see five seconds of liking himself.
Critic's first thought upon hitting purgatory is whether his older and younger self are okay.
And at the end when, after having spent the first three full minutes of the episode despairing about not having any friends, he decides to join his brother's poker game and everyone cheerfully welcomes him. The scene's a direct homage to the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it's just as heartwarming here.
The fact that this scene isn't cruelly subverted makes it all the better.
The episode end with the Sad Panda theme, which hasn't been used in years.
Out-of-universe, both Doug (in the young and old Critic costumes but not the usual one, which is surely going to inspire some crack!fic) and Rob are wearing their wedding rings.
Though its a small moment, it was nice to see Spoony in a Critic video again even for a small Cutaway Gag and it was past footage.
He's surprisingly kind to the original show, calling it the ultimate nostalgic dream that runs on awkward, simple charm and will keep on inspiring new takes on it.
Related to that, the young!critic, a fan of the show, thought that this movie was a Indecisive Parody that was too meanspirited to be of any good would make a fan of the show/hater of the movie feel good.
The Call Back to Signs and other reviews like it, where Critic tells Roger that he's never understood why widely-mocked movies are still big hits and asks why that it is. He genuinely wants to know, and somehow that means a lot.
He has a chance to end the review twenty five seconds in, but carries on because "I wouldn't do that to you".
The Twilight review at Shadocon has him - A) mold himself to how this group of fans want him to be (even acting out scenes of the final Nerd battle on his own) and B) finally realizing that he can't just live in the past and so needs to move on.
Doug insisting to the Critic that he make his grand return with the obscure film The Odd Life of Timothy Green rather than something the fans were still clamoring for at the end, since it's the film that convinced him the character still had potential, and he owes it for that.
His rant on how insultingly Pearl Harbor portrays American soldiers who actually lost their lives.
The rant becomes a lot more powerful and poignant if you watch it knowing that Doug's father served in the Navy.
Also he objects to the scene of the Japanese pilots firing at the hospital, stating that in the real event they didn't shoot at the hospital even when they had a clear shot. He also blasts the film for not showing Americans firing on Japanese citizens during the Doolittle Raid.
Gleefully accepting the scene of Franklin Roosevelt getting to his feet upon being told retaliation against the Japanese is impossible, declaring it the one time he wishes the film was more over the top.
Telling the Catwomen that there's one thing they should be proud of, they're not part of the horrible movie with the same name that he is reviewing. And it... works.
He also refuses to blame Halle Berry for how bad the movie was, stating that no actress could have made those scenes work. With all the hate she's gotten for that part over the years, that's really sweet.
In The Cat in the Hat review, The Critic's speech about why Dr. Seuss's books are more than just "simple children's books" and why they deserve more respect. Extra points for Evilina saying she likes the book more than the movie.
In his Top 11 Countdown of his favorite South Park episodes, he chose "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants" as #1 not because it's the best written, but because it was the first that aired after 9/11 and the anthrax attacks that followed, and that when the American people were in their darkest hour, South Park came and taught them to laugh again.
At the end of his Jurassic Park review, despite pointing out the movie's flaws and making fun of them, the Critic gushes over the film.
Him doing a near 180 degree opinion change upon realizing that A.I.: Artificial Intelligence was made as close to Kubrick's vision of it as possible, ending with him viewing it as a Crowning Moment of Friendship on Spielberg's part.
His fluctuating and ultimately triumphant relationship with the Fart Joke from The Master of Disguise.
His concern over Jennifer Esposito after seeing her being mocked for having a small butt in The Master of Disguise and his relief to hear that she's doing well.
His admission that even though he did not like Power Rangers, there's nothing wrong with the amount of fans it has enjoying it, being as much their fun, silly escapist show as ones like Ninja Turtles and The Transformers were for him.
Pointing out the hypocrisy of the Sailor Moon dub being completely okay with sexualising minors, but cutting out the lesbian couple.
Paw and Elisa's romantic duet, given the Reality Subtext of their engagement.
Critic praising the character development and action of Avatar: The Last Airbender in contrast to the countless exposition the characters spout, their poor development, and the slow, poorly edited action scenes in The Last Airbender. In fact he loves the original series so much that he decides that the adaptation isn't really hurting the franchise, because the original series still exists and is still perfect. There is nothing that the movie could do to make it any less.
Really, this review was basically one giant love letter to the series.
The Critic receiving Doug's experience watching the show, with several of his most positive comments (and one of Rob's).
Near the end of The Shining mini-series review, Rachel points out that while the mini-series was nowhere near as good as the film there was something in it that was done better; Jack's character and his downward spiral into madness.
At the beginning of the Eight Crazy Nights review, the Nostalgia Critic takes the time to express his sympathies to the Jewish people not only for being the collective kicked dogs of bigots everywhere, but the lack of any good, well-known Hanukkah movies to his knowledge. Yes, it was a joke, but damn if it didn't come off as being heartwarmingly genuine.
Also his constant reiterations that the animation is just too good for a film like this. You can tell he thinks it's just wasted on such a movie when it's actually good quality art.
The end of the Face/Off video is basically Doug's impromptu farewell to Rachel, and he has nothing but nice things to say about her. She even appears via Skype, and is happy to have been part of the team.
Fridge Heartwarming: The framing device is the Critic accidentally deleting Rachel's original farewell video. While he initially tries to cover his own ass and force Rachel to fly back from California to redo it, a Gilligan Cut reveals he yielded to her request to instead change it into something she could do from a different state.
Including Spoony in the review of The Wicker Man. And if you listen to the commentaries, you know he was also going to be in The Shining before it ran too long.
The Top 11 Strangest (Yet Best) Couples. A catalog of some of the weirdest romantic pairings movies and TV have given us, with a genuine analysis of why they all work so well, and why we want them to be happy together.
The Alice in Wonderland has a particular touching moment, when we see his Burton Corner. The idea that Burton was a director that he loved and admired so much he decided to do tributes to him like this is quite charming.
More generally, Doug's portrayal of Burton in the episode. The episode portrays Burton as a talented and reasonable person who admits his flaws but is still proud of his work, and Critic is seen as in the wrong for instantly unlearning the lesson of "when artists make crap it doesn't mean you should stop liking them".
In his "Old vs. New" video for Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man, the ordinarily cynical Critic is so moved by Peter and Gwen's love story that he can't help but describe Garfield and Stone's onscreen chemistry as "precious".
Critic: On top of that, I'm just gonna say it: Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy? They're just fucking adorable! I mean, I have no problem believing that both these two are in love. Their chemistry is beyond precious. They made me use the word "precious"! That's how good it is!