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[[caption-width-right:193:[-Spoken in his [[SophisticatedAsHell official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner]].-] ]]

->''"I like the movie fine so far."''
->''"It hasn't started yet."''
->''"That's what I like about it!"''
->''"Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!"''
-->-- '''JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf''', ''TheMuppetMovie'' (1979)
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On paper, the job of a reviewer of any medium is to provide an evaluation of a given work in the medium, outlining its good and bad points and whether you should check it out. Useful, succinct, and an integral part of any entertainment industry.

And then there's the Caustic Critic.

This is a person whose job (or at least hobby) it is not only to review the work in question, but also to call it names until it cries like a little girl. Why? Because it's [[RuleOfFunny funny]], and the Caustic Critic is first and foremost out to entertain an audience. That said, the Caustic Critic is almost always rather divisive, especially when he [[HePannedItNowHeSucks takes on a generally well-liked]] game / show / movie / album / book / manga / anime / webcomic / webcartoon / fanfic / [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking plat]][[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi ypus]].

Most Caustic Critics belong to one of two types of reviewers: those who thrive on BileFascination and give only negative reviews, and those who review both good or bad recent works but consider merciless panning the only [[BrutalHonesty honest]] way to criticize the bad ones. They need not necessarily be reviewers; they might be essayists discussing trends, but the spirit is the same.

Also note that some (perhaps even many) of the below examples do have human moments where they admit some of the things they review aren't all that terrible. Some may even have special segments dedicated to positive commentary. And some genuine ConstructiveCriticism can be given. Moments where the snark is dropped to point out something legitimately, unacceptably [[SoBadItsHorrible bad]] or [[DudeNotFunny offensive]] hit all the harder, and moments when genuine ''praise'' is meted out [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness are all the more precious for their rarity]].

On the opposite end, some might go into ComicalOverreacting.

Alternately, as the above quote implies, a usually constructive critic is tempted to bring out the sarcasm guns by a unusually bad work or product.

Compare SturgeonsLaw, which might either be the cause or the result of these critics (or both). See also StrawCritic and AccentuateTheNegative. TheMeanBrit is a CausticCritic who gives immediate feedback in a competition setting, even if you're [[BreakTheCutie ten years old and your eyes shine with hope]].

If the critic says that they're accentuating the negative out of tough love to help their victim improve, that's a CompassionateCritic. They still can seem just as mean, but at least they (supposedly) [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold have their target's best interests at heart]].

In-Universe, Caustic Critics are frequently portrayed as {{jaded washout}}s dumping their SourGrapes onto [[IHatePastMe younger versions of themselves]], individuals with extreme OpinionMyopia who have [[SmallNameBigEgo declared themselves the ultimate judge of quality in a particular field]], and/or {{attention whore}}s mostly interested in [[ItsAllAboutMe drawing an audience]] by wiping their feet on the coattails of anything moderately popular. This can occasionally be TruthInTelevision. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Lets just leave it at that]].

Contrast ConstructiveCriticism, which actually aims to be useful to a {{creator}} rather than entertaining to an audience. Unfortunately, many people confuse one for the other, due to the popularity of the Caustic Critic trope.

When their targets decide to [[FlippingTheBird repay them in kind]], you get the case of TakeThatCritics.

Not to be confused with Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike.
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[[AC: Real Life Examples ]]

[[folder:Film]]
* Jamie Kennedy's documentary ''Heckler'' takes aim at caustic critics, equating them with annoying hecklers at a comedy show. He confronts a few internet critics who wrote particularly vitriolic critiques of his films and demands to know why they needed to be so mean.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno is probably the patron saint of the caustic critics of popular culture. He is slaughtering popular culture as a whole in one of his most notorious essays.
* Ellsworth Toohey of ''Literature/TheFountainhead''. Creator/AynRand was one herself, which becomes obvious if you've ever read her denouncing anyone who didn't think like her in her essays.
* Creator/DorothyParker made her living as a literary and theatre critic, as well as writing several books of poetry and short stories. Famous for her acerbic wit, she's one of the most quoted writers in US literature. She's also known as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, the most prominent New York literary circle prior to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
-->"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be [[BaitAndSwitchComment hurled with great force.]]"\\
"It is at that word 'hunny', my darlings, that marks the first place in ''The House at Pooh Corner'' at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up."\\
(on Creator/KatharineHepburn) "She ran the gamut of emotions from A to B"\\
"There must be criticism, for humor, to my mind, is encapsulated in criticism."
* One classic literary examples is Creator/MarkTwain's "Literature/FenimoreCoopersLiteraryOffences", ripping into a then-popular series of adventure novels:
-->"Wasn't it remarkable! How could he see that little pellet fly through the air and enter that distant bullet-hole? Yet that is what he did; for nothing is impossible to a Cooper person. Did any of those people have any deep-seated doubts about this thing? No; for that would imply sanity, and these were all Cooper people."
* Even Creator/RogerEbert has been in on the act; he said that in many cases it's more fun to write a review of a bad movie than it is to write a review of a good one (a sentiment voiced by several other critics). Many of his most negative reviews have been collected in his books, ''I Hated, Hated, Hated, Hated, '''Hated''' This Movie'', ''Your Movie Sucks'', and ''A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length''.
* Pauline Kael, patron saint of ''The New York Times'', originated the tradition of pompous, vastly overqualified intellectuals attempting to sit through summer blockbusters. The result was often engaging, with Kael finding [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation odd subtexts]] here and there. She even wrote an entire book, titled "Why Are Movies So Bad?", which took potshots at popular films. George Lucas included a villain named "General Kael" in ''{{Film/Willow}}'' as a reference to his consistently negative reviews from Kael.
* John Simon is one of the longest-working New York critics today, a fact he attributes to his take-no-prisoners nature. Scratch that; he freely admits he's no more negative than most reviewers, he just comes up with better quips -- usually involving the actor's physical appearance (Carol Burnett, Liza Minelli, Wallace Shawn). In this respect, BarbraStreisand has been the perennial dragon to Simon's Don Quixote. Even other critics seemed to dislike him, and Simon has boasted of doors being slammed in his face. (“But who cares? It’s wonderful to be hated by idiots.”)
* Michael Riedel, aka the Enfant Terrible of the New York Post. A cross between Tim Gunn and Karl Rove, he mostly writes gossip pieces about {{Troubled Production}}s and makes no bones about his search for "juicy" column fodder. He made waves for his one-man crusade against ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'' (which he spent ''two years'' pillorying, but ended up [[CriticalDissonance being a smash nonetheless]]). Unsurprisingly, Reidel's mentor is John Simon. He also co-hosts a public access show, ''Theater Talk'', where he and a co-host interview actors and producers. In the off-season, Reidel devotes a few episodes to chatting with critics from other New York magazines, creating an Event Horizon of snark.
* Armond White of the ''New York Press'' is the anti-Kael, though he considers her a role model. He is noted for comparing every film to some black & white production from the distant past -- specifically, ''his'' past, spent watching old movies with his father at the local cinema. Suffice to say, he has a long memory, so watch out. He is also known to go against the prevailing critical views for most films, such as giving ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' a negative review and ''Film/JackAndJill'' a positive one. ''RottenTomatoes'' no longer features him among its reference pool -- officially, because the ''New York Press'' didn't renew a license with Rotten Tomatoes, but most people say that it's because he gives contrarian reviews to whatever was highest rated on the site. As of 2013, you can add HangingJudge to his resume as well: White broke new ground by getting canned the New York Film Critics Circle for heckling the directors in attendance (once while serving as emcee!).
-->'''White''': "[[https://twitter.com/3xchair/status/391310234456584192 When I'm labeled "contrarian" it means all other reviewers are sheep & sell-outs.]]"
* [[http://observer.com/2012/09/the-master-rex-reed-philip-seymour-hoffman-joaquin-phoenix-paul-thomas-anderson/ Rex Reed]] spent the entirety of his ''TheMaster'' review personally attacking several modern directors and actors and declaring [[NewMediaAreEvil new films as utter tripe]]. In fact, most of his negative reviews contain personal attacks on the actors and directors. He's also had a habit of hating foreign films [[ForeignQueasine based on cuisine alone]] (saying ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' and ''Film/TheHost'' were garbage, ''[[RacistGrandma as expected]]'' of countries that make sushi and kimchi, the horror), and [[RacistGrandpa said Koreans were too ignorant to make good movies.]] In 2013, he had another firestorm of controversy as he bashed Melissa [=McCarthy=]'s performance on Film/IdentityThief (and the film as a whole) for being fat.
* When not writing himself, EdgarAllanPoe was a well-known literary critic that ''tore apart'' everything, to the extent that he was known as "[[HangingJudge The Executioner]]". Such was his reputation that when other authors, as critics, reviewed Poe's work when he was active, they gave him [[TheDogBitesBack retaliatory negative reviews]], diminishing Poe's chances at lifetime success as an author.
* Theatre critic George Jean Nathan unabashedly described himself as a destructive critic. Early in his career, he went so far as to review several plays as {{Satan}} judging whether they were fit for inclusion in Hell, remarking on one musical that EvenEvilHasStandards. When he was caricatured with other reviewers in a revue sketch several decades later, he disapproved of it as being much too gentle.
* Creator/LeoTolstoy, like Poe, is more famous for his own fiction, but he also mounted some scathing assaults on ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen'' and ''Theatre/KingLear''.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''. See the [[Quotes/CausticCritic quotes page]] for details.
* Nicolas Slominsky, who is almost as famed for his sly sense of humor as his considerable contributions to musicology, compiled an entire book of bad reviews: ''A Lexicon of Musical Invective''. It is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny absolutely hilarious]], especially if you have even a cursory knowledge of the music in question.
* In the 1980's and 1990's, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had Joe Pollack, who seemed to hate nearly every film that was released and came off as a bitter old man most of the time. He would especially pick apart films on small details (for example, he trashed ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' and ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' because of their violence and nothing else) and hate for the sake of hating.
* The now-defunct horror 'zine ''Gore Gazette'' was this towards just about everything, to the point where the reviews were less reviews and more attacks towards people they didn't like (victims included Creator/StevenSpielberg, GeorgeLucas, StephenKing and RogerEbert). They also hated anything that wasn't a low-quality Z-grade gorefest and trashed Hollywood fare for being crowd-pleasing blockbuster fare, making them an early form of the hipster in a way (despite all of the racist comments they made in their reviews).
* AmbroseBierce was one, his most famous example being a review that consisted of only ''one sentence'':
-->The covers of this book are too far apart.
* The late German CoolOldGuy Marcel Reich-Ranicki was called ''[[FanNickname Literaturpapst]]'' (pope of literature) in Germany and made himself a name for his television reviews as a CulturedBadass LargeHam. And boy howdy, he was a master of AccentuatingTheNegative, ''especially'' when he already was [[BadassGrandpa well beyond 80 years old]].
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'': The show looks at people like mediums, the war on porn, anti video game crusaders, people who are hoaxes scammers and liars, PETA and the like and viciously tear down and tear apart those they think are frauds, extremists and dangerous. The more sensitive and important the issue is to them, [[AdHominem the more personal they get]] in the name of entertainment: certain issues such as chiropractic surgery on children makes Penn legitimately upset and calmly states how wrong it is.
* ''Series/{{Room 101}}'' does this for everything people bring in and complain in a lot of detail how said thing annoys them.
* ''Series/TopGear'' does this, particularly the modern incarnation and to older cars. Jeremy Clarkson has related a story about car manufacturers getting angry and retaliating by threatening to "take all our advertising off Creator/TheBBC". [[CriticalResearchFailure The BBC doesn't have any advertising]]. For example, Jeremy Clarkson (and presumably the rest of the Top Gear team) passionately hates the Toyota Prius and [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=718900859924733158 went out of his way]] to prove how absolutely terrible the car was in every way (including the obvious, but even fuel efficiency).
* Adam Sessler of ''Series/XPlay''
---> "I'd rather french kiss my grandma than play this game."
* Creator/CharlieBrooker, of ''Website/TVGoHome'', ''Charlie Brooker's Series/{{Screenwipe}}'' and "guy who inspired WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation" fame.
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* ''PrivateEye'''s "Literary Review" (by "Bookworm") and "Eye TV" (by "Remote Controller"). On one occasion when Bookworm quite liked a book, the letters page was filled with complaints that this wasn't like him at all.
* Lucius Shepard, who writes film reviews in ''The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.'' Blockbusters are analyzed as representing problems with American culture.
* The 1920s humor magazine ''Judge'' shows us that caustic critics were nothing new. In [[http://wondermark.com/true-stuff-metahumor-1927/ Don Herold's "A Criticism of the Theatrical Criticism in this Morning’s Paper"]], he wonders (with tongue firmly in cheek), "When shall we have dramatic critics who will condemn ninety-five plays out of 100? (It makes little difference which ninety-five. They all need it.)"
* Stuart Campbell built up a reputation for scathing game reviews in ''Magazine/AmigaPower''. He gave a 4% score to ''European Champions'' in a partial-page review, a 2% score to ''International Rugby Challenge'' in a three-page review, and, in the magazine's final issue, a 1% score to ''Kick Off '96'' in a four-page review where he argued before a KangarooCourt that games like this, not reviewers, were responsible for the death of the UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Robert Christgau is a music critic reknowned for often harsh and controversial reviews. He freely admits that there are some entire genres that he is not partial to. SonicYouth wrote a song about him entitle, "I Killed Christgau With My Big Fucking Dick" after he labelled their music, pigfucker music. Also Music/LouReed ranted about him on a live album.
* Italian neuroscientist and spare-time cultural critic Creator/PieroScaruffi is well-regarded for his insanely comprehensive [[http://scaruffi.com/ ''knowledge base'']], that features biographies for ''8,000'' bands and artists, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill and that's just the musicial department]]. His most (in)famous biography is [[http://www.scaruffi.com/vol1/beatles.html this essay]] on Music/TheBeatles in which he calls them out as "overrated", much to the displeasure of the Beatles' fans. He even compares the fandom to religious fundamentalists.
** The essay starts with the [[MemeticMutation now iconic]] claim: ''"The fact that so many books still name the Beatles "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming a serious art."'' Any more questions?
* Besides being viewed as an eccentric composer, HectorBerlioz was infamous for being this trope. His reviews have been said to be unnecessarily abrasive and often outrageous.
* Lesser-known critic [[http://starling.rinet.ru/music/index.htm George]] [[http://only-solitaire.blogspot.co.uk/ Starostin]] has some real brilliant moments of caustic reviewing. His best moments are his reviews of Uriah Heep (on the first site) and 10cc (on the second).
--> (on 10cc's "Ten out of 10") "It's just a bunch of mid-tempo, mid-volume, mid-relevance, mid-everything mid-pop songs written by two mid-aged gentlemen that seem to be but mid-knowing what they're mid-doing."
* Bob Lefsetz, known for his nonsensically elaborate analogies and love of the caps lock button. Taylor Swifts's song "Mean" was probably directed at him.
* Creator/JessGulbranson's work at [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Crappy Indie Music: The Blog]], now in [[http://zeen.com/read/RqtFI5/please-cease-your-existence-conversations-with-fans-of-cage-the-elephant?utm_campaign=issue&utm_medium=onsite&utm_source=profile online coffee table book format]]! Taking ownership of the blog seems to have softened him somewhat towards the indie bands themselves, with the vitriol being reserved for PR companies and [[WhatTheHellHero David Bowie's]] [[http://crappyindiemusic.blogspot.com/2013/01/crappy-indie-contest-remix-david-bowies.html most recent graphic designer]].
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* Get a critic to talk about stadium music [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-chicago-blackhawks-chelsea-dagger-kernkraft-400-20130617,0,6242452.htmlstory and his snark will get beyond the scale]].
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[[folder:Newspapers]]
* TheOnion parodies this with the article [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/awful_man_offers_witty_acerbic "Awful Man Offers Witty, Acerbic Take On Everything He Sees"]], portraying the said critic as a {{jerkass}} killjoy who claims to get away with everything he says just out of how funny he does it.
* ''Magazine/TheNewYorker's'' film review section, particularly Anthony Lane's reviews. Like [[http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/05/29/060529crci_cinema this one]].
* Will Self [[GodwinsLaw compared]] ''LoveActually'', a fluffy Richard Curtis Christmas romcom, to ''[[ThoseWackyNazis Triumph of the Will]]'', based on the "emotional manipulation" of mentioning September 11th in the opening narration.
* ''New York Times'' food critic Pete Wells is normally actually quite reasonable, but [[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/dining/reviews/restaurant-review-guys-american-kitchen-bar-in-times-square.html?_r=0 this memetically caustic review]] of [[Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives Guy Fieri]]'s restaurant in Times Square will cement him a reputation for being venomous (when warranted).
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Bryan Alvarez from [[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Radio/F4W]] can best be described as tough but fair. Though when he sees something stupid he lashes out at it like a shark smelling blood.
* Chris Hyatte from Scoops Wrestling and the early days of 411 Mania was a mixture of this and a rare example of a malicious {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. From placing a bounty on the daughters of Tony Schiavone's Daughter to turning the Villanos into an infamous [[MemeticBadass crime family]] Hyatte's columns were a mixture of NonSequitur and RefugeInAudacity. Sadly the end of Scoops and his falling out with several websites, have made his body of work [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes hard to find.]]
* Bill & Doug ([=RVDTito4Life=]) and Kent Jones, who claimed to be the first Website/YouTube "shooter", which is a misnomer since he's not in the professional wrestling business. Bill & Doug, meanwhile, actually became shooters when they were hired by Wrestling/{{TNA}} to host their online show, ''TNA Addicts''.
* Noah Antwiler from WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment, his short-lived spin-off ''Wrestle! Wrestle!'', and a sister series ''It Came From Beyond Midnight'' (in which he played a fictitious cardigan-wearing critic, Leslie Styker).
* Wrestling/JimCornette. The emotion of "vague or minor but tolerable dislike" does not seem to exist for this man.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Creator/MarkKermode of Creator/TheBBC has a (deserved) reputation for this (especially regarding ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'') including some suggestions that everyone involved with the film hang their heads in shame, that a film be buried in an underground bunker filled with toxic waste, and that a film was akin to the experience of smashing one's head into a glass door elongated to ninety minutes. See also his rants, er, opinion of all ''Transformers'' films, ''Sex and the City 2'', ''Angels and Demons'', etc.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In 1964, Israeli critic Khayim Gamzu wrote a review about a play named ''Sammy Will Die At Six O’Clock''. The play was praised and glorified by pretty much every critic, except Gamzu, whose entire review was, ‘As far as I’m concerned, he could have died at five o’clock.’ This review was a huge surprise to many, and EfraimKishon coined the word ''ligmoz''[[note]]לִגְמֹז[[/note]], meaning ‘to criticise brutally’.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' reviews old console (primarily NES) games in this fashion, critiquing such things as poor (for the time) sound and graphics, badly thought out gameplay and [[NintendoHard tremendous difficulty]]. Many of his reviews culminate in [[ClusterFBomb profane rants]] and him physically assaulting the game cartridge.
* ''Webcomic/CinemaBums'' features StatlerAndWaldorf in a meta-example, providing caustic criticism to caustic critics in [[http://www.cinemabums.com/?p=180 this]] comic.
* Maddox of TheBestPageInTheUniverse in his heyday, thrashing the second and third ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' films
* Being a collection of caustic critics is the stated mission of {{Pajiba}}. Their tagline is "Scathing Reviews. Bitchy People."
* Professor Otaku of the Website/DesuDesBrigade, with anime.
* In the same fashion: KlausVonHohenloe, anime and game reviewer… who [[http://psohb.blip.tv/file/4851611/ literally despairs]] when he has nothing to complain about. Nor does he know what he should rate a good anime with.
* Jontron, as of late. Though in his earlier days he was rather non-caustic, with rare examples. Jontron's videos that aren't video game reviews are not so full of complaints, though!
* [[http://www.mrcranky.com/ Mr. Cranky]]. Rather than scale his ratings with stars, where more is better, he uses a scale of 1-4 bombs where more is worse (with a bundle of dynamite and then a mushroom cloud when needed in extreme cases). One bomb, stands for "Almost tolerable", and it just gets worse from there.
* Although they are not official critics, some gamers readily give games a complete 0/10 on MetaCritic, despite not having actually played the game in question. Some have even been known to downrate games on principle, because of a vendetta against a certain publisher or company, or because of popular opinion. Since there are very few games that deserve an absolute zero, and Metacritic users generally don't vote between 1 and 10, the "User Score" is generally not the most reliable barometer of game quality.
** Before that, Lemon64 had similar users. They ended up getting categorized under 1 term ([[HateDumb downvoters]]). The behavior has only increased since they organised a list of the "top 100 best Commodore games", which has made some users give the competition a 1 out of 10 (the absolute minimal score that a game can have) to make their favorite game look better. As you can imagine the situation quickly escalated and since then lemon attempts to prevent those type of users from using their sites.
* [[http://www.bigempire.com/filthy/ The Filthy Critic]], who applies his withering criticism and wanton misanthropy not only to movie reviews but episodes from his (mostly fictionalized) daily life as well. Well-known for his obsessions with porn, beer, and at times disturbingly graphic metaphors, perhaps used most eloquently in his [[http://www.bigempire.com/filthy/jeeperscreepers.html/ Jeepers Creepers review]].
* [[http://necrocritic.webs.com/ The Necro Critic]]. He reviews both bad movies AND bad videogames. And, as of recently, is even reviewing anime.
* Many of the reviews on RottenTomatoes for ''[[SeltzerAndFriedberg Epic Movie]]'', ''[[SeltzerAndFriedberg Meet the Spartans]]'', and ''[[SeltzerAndFriedberg Disaster Movie]]'' ended up like this.
* ''Screw These Comics'' was a site that did this for sprite comics, and had a group of characters review a given in dialogue. Eventually, the creator quit after realizing his own reviews had degenerated into the same kind of things that he criticized bad sprite comics for overusing. Where once the team would look at a comic's points legitimately while making fun of it, toward the end many reviews consisted solely of variations of the exchange:
-->'''Nes''': Well, I think the comic is--\\
'''[=EvilNes=]''': SHUT THE FUCK UP NES YOU STUPID FAG THIS COMIC SUCKS!
* WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} is this for LetsPlay.
* ''{{Seanbaby}}'' was one of the original online personalities to do this.
* Blog/SmashJapan.
* Comixology's Tucker Stone, he is well educated and uses the full extent of his thinking power to utterly take apart mainstream comic books.
* Website/SomethingAwful's reviews of movies and older videogames go here.
* Noah Antwiler, also known as The Spoony One, of WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment, who has given many movies, VideoGames (including the later Franchise/FinalFantasy series and some old FMV games) this treatment. He has reviewed ProfessionalWrestling in his spin-off series ''Wrestle Wrestle'', as noted above
* Erik Olund, aka [=ShogunGin0=], of ''InfamousAnimation''. He's not afraid to deliver punishing reviews of horrid WesternAnimation movies (such as ''{{Delgo}}'' and ''TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'').
* [[http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com Television Without Pity]]
* [[http://sturgeonawards.blogspot.com/ The Sturgeon Awards]]. The blogger will review anything he hates. However, he has written a positive review of ''VideoGame/{{Genetos}}''.
* [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/FireBlog/154468544591691 The FireBlog]] gives text reviews of overrated TV shows, and is currently working on TheMiddle. It will also make fun of idiots on Website/IMDb. Apparently, nobody is safe from the Blog/FireBlogger.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses has many such reviewers
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic does this to old kids’ shows and movies.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, the Critic’s DistaffCounterpart, though she's broken out of the GirlShowGhetto and criticizes whatever she wants.
** WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob.
*** The Snob himself is the most direct comparison: He actually ''is'' modeled on snobbish film critics who refuse to adjust their standards, even when reviewing schlock. He has made frequent jibes at the hypocrisies of real-life critics, as well.
*** In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Angry Jake is the most caustic of the bunch, since he has to review sloppily made kiddie flicks.
** [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], who reviews old comic books that suffer from poor writing, bad artwork, and various other problems. Though not unusually vitriolic for this trope (he's notably the only Channel Awesome member who doesn't use "hard" swear words in his videos), Linkara is somewhat more dedicated to it than others listed here, having repeatedly rejected fan requests to review good comic books stating that the whole point of his regular feature is to rant about the bad stuff.
** WebVideo/JesuOtaku, who normally reviews anime, can be seen as one both in and outside of her target medium. She is infamous in otaku circles for her outspoken and harsh opinions of {{moe}} culture. Other victims included such shows as ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', among several others. In fairness, most of these opinions were expressed through her Twitter account, but it has soured her relationship with WesternAnimation fans who had previously deemed her OneOfUs.
** The Distressed Watcher, a former contributor, is even more of a caustic critic than anybody on the website, covering trailers specifically. Also known as WebVideo/TheAmazingAtheist, he has made a number of caustic videos on religion and politics on YouTube.
** [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]], during his slow slip into a HeroicBSOD during his review of ''{{Film/Melancholia}}'', ended up [[DiscussedTrope discussing this trope]], talking about how the internet is a great medium to hate things, and how you're almost expected to not enjoy anything without riffing the hell out of it.
* [[WebVideo/PieGuyRulz PieGuyRulz]] very rarely gets really mad, but the last minute or so of his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHeGmrtK8n0&index=47&list=PLjlAmr_sE-mLBuiATRkCXSw1OrX52wIyo Awesomeness TV Rant]] must be seen to be believed.
--> I haven't gotten this angry in a really long time, guys.
** His entire [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4qizzscmoY&list=PL8J90yu5IMks4uiE_5BLTjE-CMGXnvqEH Problem Solverz Rant]] IS this.
--> I've never seen a show so disgusting, unappealing, ugly, not funny, weird, stupid, or SEIZURE INDUCING as this one. [[OldShame I'd rather go back to reviewing comic books than watch this show]].
* John Solomon of the now-defunct webcomic review blog, ''Your Webcomic Is Bad And You Should Feel Bad''.
* Yahtzee of ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', with a heavy emphasis on "caustic", generally PlayedForLaughs. He has joked that his job is to ruin the retirement plans of game developers. He usually [[AccentuateTheNegative goes overboard on the negative things]], even if they are minor, in his videos. His opinions are also in a state of flux, which is why he often revisits old reviews while talking about a similar game.
* Troy from ''Blog/BloggerBeware'' reviews the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books. He... doesn't like many of them.
* Parodied in TheFlashTub's [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/flash-tub/furious-famicom-faggot.php Furious Famicom Faggot]].
* Parodied in [[http://xninjared.deviantart.com/art/Happy-Valentine-from-XNinjaRed-153934205 this comic]] where the Ninja is being a harsh critic over a Valentine card saying there's no plot, feeling or charm and says he can do better, only to basically make a threat card rather than a Valentines card.
* ''Creator/RedLetterMedia'''s Mister Plinkett. He's also a {{deconstruction}} and a satire of the stereotypical wannabe- critic youtuber's usual online persona: what kind of person would be as devoted, nerdy and angry to actually write a 60 minutes long review of ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode 1, carefully deconstructing all of its flaws? Answer: [[SerialKiller Not a nice one]].
* [[http://mike-smith.livejournal.com/profile Mike Smith]] went through the entire ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, chapter by chapter, and gave detailed analysis as to why he thought they all stink (largely because of its {{padding}} to DoorStopper levels).
* The former WoW podcaster [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit (aka TotalHalibut aka the Cynical Brit)]] loved the game back when he did postcasts, and still won't hesitate to rag on every perceived slip up, and outright tells anyone who doesn't like his reviews "there's the door". He thoroughly believes that reviews have to be critical to be effective.
* Although not formal critics, pretty much every user at the RPG Codex forum is this for any video game even nominally considered an RPG. Generally they consider most modern games, especially ones by Bethesda, to be "bland, banal, boring, shit" and refer to them as 'popamole' (whack-a-mole with guns, referring to the modern tendency of games to have enemies duck in and out of chest-high cover, often requiring the player to do the same). [[SchmuckBait Bioware fans are welcome, though. No, really]].
* In FanfictionDotNet, there are various fanfics that [[FollowTheLeader follow]] the initiative of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5448410/1/The_Insane_Critic The Insane Critic]] and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5967099/1/E350s_Happy_Fluffy_Reviews_of_Really_Bad_Fanfics E350]] are a special case because they review [[SturgeonsLaw bad fanfics]] and they are the most known in their niche.
* ConfusedMatthew: He makes a point of targeting movies that were better reviewed and received than he thought they should be. He actually ends up playing devils advocate occasionally on movies that he feels got an excessive negative reaction. The common opinion he disagrees with is what has him confused.
* Wanna see someone try to be a caustic critic only to have the work he's harping on turn out to be be a classic game which he never actually played? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxLgFbNPB9s Here ya go]]
* Mark of MarkReadsTwilight was this towards Twilight, but only because, in his opinion, it deserved it. He's noted himself that every other review of books he's made after that has been positive.
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* SFDebris, although what he mainly seems to be caustic towards is poor writing and idiocy. When he reviews something that is actually good, Chuck tends to lapse into impassioned monologues about why the work is so good. Even in otherwise terrible works, he takes time aside to point out things that are done well.
* ''Busy Street'' represents a Meta example of this. Thrashing and picking apart other internet "Angry Reviewers".
* [[http://www.filmtracks.com/ Film Tracks]]. When they don't give a positive review to an established composer, they will mercilessly trash a score by a newcomer, a score that features guitars and scores by HansZimmer and his company (though the third one is done by most film score circles). They also infamously trashed TrentReznor's score to ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' and suggested that the soundtrack would make better use as a frisbee.
* The Bad Webcomics Wiki is an entire wiki based on this. Due to the fact that it has many people, not all of whom are qualified critics, and many new members seem to be under the impression that it's a troll site where they can flame at comics they dislike, the quality, accuracy and fairness of the reviews may vary, but it doesn't change the fact that a considerable percentage of the comics reviewed are simply bad, one way or another. It got to the point where John Solomon, of "These Webcomics are Bad and You Should Feel Bad", actually demanded that they remove quotes of his, as he felt that the "nasty critic" schtick was overdone.
* Website/TheEditingRoom: nitpicks, attacks on all your favorite stars and directors, and mocking {{alternate character interpretation}}s of the main characters galore.
* In ''WebVideo/WarningReadersAdvisory'', Derek the Bard is caustic towards terrible books (and sometimes terrible movies based on good books).
* ''WebVideo/MrCoatAndFriends'', although to a much lesser degree than similar sites.
* Subverted by ''The Rageaholic'', who, despite the name, is not all that caustic; most of his reviews tend to be positive to neutral, and he'll even point out the good with the bad (and the bad with the good); heck, despite spending much of the VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas review going after it for being standard Obsidian fare, he still cops to liking the game. Even more bizarrely, he was one of relatively few critics to give a good review to VideoGame/DukeNukemForever.
* {{Reddit}}, Hacker News, and Slashdot are full of programmers who love to rip their least favorite programming languages, coding paradigms, etc.
* Despite his own opinion (he says he's mixed almost equally on negative and positive reviews) Youtube user Razorfist AKA "The Rageaholic" is an easy fit. In spite of the obvious similarities in fast-paced loquaciousness and [[AccentuateTheNegative Accentuating The Negative]] irrespective of his overall opinion, [[BerserkButton it's a little unwise to compare him to Yahtzee.]]
* ''WebVideo/TheyMadeMeWatchThis'' loves to tear into stuff his kids, and other people on the web, make him watch, particularly the kiddie ''{{Franchise/Barbie}}'' films.
* Dan Schneider of [[http://www.cosmoetica.com/ Cosmoetica]] criticizes poetry, books, movies, other critics, and ''[[http://www.cosmoetica.com/B1257-DES880.htm even his own readers]]''. He primarily reviews materials that are considered "classic" and thus escape critical attention.
* [[http://theficcritic.blogspot.com/ The Fic Critic of Blogspot]] does this. Worth noting is his ClusterFBomb chain when [[TrollFic Web of Shadows]] author Artemis Leige started [[RonTheDeathEater character bashing]] Mary Jane Watson and the I Don't Want to Live on This Planet Anymore/Ten rating he gave [[TrollFic Carolina and Penni]].
* There are quite a few websites dedicated to bad movies; here are a just a select few:
** [[http://www.mutantreviewers.com Mutant Reviewers from Hell]]
** [[http://www.jabootu.com Jabootu's Bad Movie Dimension]]
** [[http://www.ruthlessreviews.com Ruthless Reviews]]
** [[http://www.stomptokyo.com/badmoviereport The Bad Movie Report]]
** [[http://www.badmovies.org Badmovies.org]]
** [[http://www.agonybooth.com/ The]] [[Website/TheAgonyBooth Agony Booth]], also throws in bad TV (such as ''Franchise/StarTrek'') in small doses. The site owner, Dr. Winston O'Boogie, is probably the most merciless of the critics, skewering Hollywood values in the ''Jabootu'' tradition. On the other side of the coin, you have Sofie Liv, who makes a concerted effort to find positives in anything.
** [[http://www.spill.com/ Spill.com occasionally falls into this category.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1HFpZS6exk Case in point...]]
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* Le WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier (a.k.a.: The gamer from the Attic) brought the figure of the caustic critic to the French region (he's one himself, actually). He's openly inspired by the Angry Video Game Nerd.
* Sofie Liv of ''WebVideo/MovieDorkness'' averts this most of the time, but is not above it, especially with [[BreakingDawn Twilight]].
* WebVideo/TheMusicVideoShow is also this. The show is where one guy reviews one music video a week, points out the flaws in the video and, occasionally, the lyrics. In the end, he states whether or not he would watch it again.
* WebVideo/BroTeamPill is very caustic with triple-A releases, and [[CuckoolanderCommentator nonsensical with everything else]]. His ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' review is a rap of the ObviousBeta state of the game, dumbed down mechanics, and short. The ''War Z'' review mocked the [[RevenueEnhancingDevices microtransactions]] in a paid-for game, [[ObviousBeta broken mechanics]], and so on - even calling it a [[TheMockBuster scam]] [[FreezeFrameBonus in a frame]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/tasted Tasted's]] Noah Galuten and Ti, host and producer respectively of "Food Feeder", eat a lot of bad food and drink a lot of awful alcohol. When they actually eat something good, the viewers tend to complain the show is boring, sort of forcing the CausticCritic thing on them. [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Ti herself]] gives movies the drunken MST3K treatment on sister channel Cinefix.
* mpn1990's now-defunct game review show Unlicensed Garbage, which parodied ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''.
* Satirized by stanburdman's Angry Gamer persona.
* ''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer'''s reviews are peppered with emphasis of the flaws of the game.
* ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'', being a StylisticSuck satire of ''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer'', is a parody of these. He often [[AccentuateTheNegative nitpicks minor details that have little to do with the game.]]
* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/174412/the-critique The Critique]]: he reviews bad ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics (although occasionally deviating to review something else, like the unproduced Creator/JamesCameron script to ''Film/SpiderMan''). Even fics that are generally considered good are reviewed (although not as harshly as stories such as ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn''), and the series does contain a meta plot about Bad OCs coming to kill the reviewer.
* The Review Reviewer of WebVideo/ThoseDudesWithAHat.
* ''WebVideo/StuffYouLike'': Inverted. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ursa usually does reviews on stuff she likes]]. Usually.
* Creator/CTPhipps of Blog/TheUnitedFederationOfCharles went out of his way to avert it but has since developed a reputation which plays it straight. When he really dislikes something, which is frequent, he comes across as DamnedByFaintPraise with hefty doses of passive-aggressive snark.
* Creator/ShanaFesta of the Website/TheBookieMonster is famous across the web for being one of the few reviewers to ''avert'' this in horror review websites. In a field dominated by CausticCritic types who love savaging works, she's developed a reputation as the NiceGirl and TeamMom.
* The Podcast/WeHateMovies gang.
* A Lemon64 user called Ali Pouladi became rather famous for being a person that made negative reviews. It should be noted that he also made positive reviews (even if he attracted controversy for the fact that he considered ''Zak Mc Kraken and The Alien Mindbenders'' to be average) and even managed [[http://www.lemon64.com/?mainurl=http%3A//www.lemon64.com/games/ to interview a few people who worked on Commodore 64 games he liked]], but as you can tell from [[http://www.lemon64.com/?mainurl=http%3A//www.lemon64.com/reviews/view.php%3Fid%3D578 his review index]] the majority of his reviews were negative.
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* ''[[ArchieComics The Archies]]'' have had to deal with music critics once or twice.
** In one story, a 'Rap [=McNasty=]' demeans their style as nothing more than 'bubblegum rock'. The Archies fight back by making a music video of them surroudned by bubbles while chewing bubblegum, in a 'We're bubblegum and proud' manner. the video is a huge hit, and as apology McNasty went to interview them while chewing bubblegum.
** In another, Veronica turns down a date offer from one Virgil Venom, and as revenge Virgil starts writing bad reviews of The Archies. (According to Veronica, her reply "Put a large hole in his ego") They get back at him by playing songs written by the son of Virgil's publisher, said to be a great songwriter, but keep that fact hidden until ''after'' the reviews are finished and about to be released. Sure enough, the idea that he's insulted his boss' 'baby boy' sends Virgil fleeing from town.
* Issue 4 of the ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' has Fluttershy forced to endure the scorn of Praiser Pan, a snooty Canterlot art critic who initially dismisses her knitted sculpture as mere "craft" rather than art.
* Fulliautomatix in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is a variation. He is frequently described as a 'music critic', and is said in a promotional one-shot to be the ancestor of all music critics. In practice, this just means he beats up the village DreadfulMusician whenever he tries to sing.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSoHkadTAxc&feature=related Anton Ego]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. His last name is apt, considering he expects any restaurant he gives a negative review to go out of business in short order - and given his opinion is ''very well respected'' to the point he gave a chef a heart attack upon being downvoted, the ego is enforced. When he finds out that the restaurant he previously panned is not only open but thriving, he considers it a personal insult. Then again, this trope is lampshaded to a T during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPfN_zYKxNQ his final review]] in the film...

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* Addison [=DeWitt=] in ''Film/AllAboutEve''.

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* ''HannahMontana'' has music critic Barney Bittman, played by the legendary Creator/GilbertGottfried.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has a theater critic who wrote a very negative review of the title character's mother, who is a Broadway actress.
* ''Series/TheNanny'' had Frank Bradley in "Sunday in the Park with Fran", who pans virtually all Broadway plays. C.C. Babcock tries to curry favor with Bradley by making Maxwell Sheffield's youngest daughter, Gracie, go on a play-date with Frank's son, Frank Jr., despite Gracie's insistence that she doesn't like him and Fran supporting her. During the play-date, Frank Jr. is bullying Gracie, so Fran stops him by (gently) hitting him with a baguette. When C.C. and Maxwell learn about this, they try to make Fran apologize to Frank Sr., though it becomes obvious that winning over Bradley is a lost cause, and as he gets hostile towards Fran, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Maxwell tells him off about him and his son]].
* [[StatlerAndWaldorf Hecklers]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpYEJx7PkWE&feature=related Statler and Waldorf]] added a grumpy (and extremely popular) streak of critical humour to the ''TheMuppetShow''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Recurring Weekend Update character Jedediah Atkinson, the critic who panned UsefulNotes/AbrahmaLincoln's Gettysburg Address in 1863 (calling it "silly), comes on to pan other things.
-->Fourscore and seven yawns ago...let's be "Honest," Abe, you dropped a real Lincoln Log. Do you know what the real Gettysburg Address is? 115 West Boring Street.

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* ''CyranoDeBergerac'': Cyrano critiques your artistic work without any pity, and given the play is a PeriodPiece, [[ForegoneConclusion Cyrano is always right]] [[HistoricalFiction in his critiques]]: [[GiftedlyBad Montfleury]] was a ''"An actor villainous!"'' (and then Cyrano kicks him out the theater), [[FanDumb les Précieuses]] could ''"Inspire our verse, but—criticise it not!"'', [[SturgeonsLaw playwright Baró’s]] ''"verses are not worth a doit! I'm glad to interrupt"'' (Baró’s play). [[MagnificentBastard Cardenal]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Richelieu]] ([[ManBehindTheMan famous politician]], [[RenaissanceMan wrote plays as a hobby]]) ''"is an author. 'Twill not fail to please him that I should mar a brother-author's play"''. Cyrano also is fair, of his own talent he thinks: ''"Not to mount high"'' and about {{Moliere}}, Cyrano thinks he’s a ''"genius"''.
* Mortimer Brewster of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' seems to be one of these, from the descriptions of his typical reviews.
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* VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}: The Critic from Gloria's Theatre, a mental construct of what one presumes was a real critic, though it's unclear whether he was so verbally abusive in real life, or Gloria remembers him as such.
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* ''WebVideo/PittsburghDad'' rips the first ''{{Literature/Twilight}}'' movie to shreds in his spoiler-laden review.
* Sonty Mick from ''Website/TheseWebComicsAreSoBad'' is a StealthParody of caustic critics, particularly of John Solomon's ''Your Webcomic Is Bad and You Should Feel Bad''. Sonty dislikes everything he reads, and he has completely illogical reasons for every single one.
* ''FunnyOrDie'': Creator/AlfredMolina as Arthur H. Cartwright, [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/0a662de547/children-s-theater-critic-with-alfred-molina?rel=player# children's theater critic]]. He proceeds to tear apart each show and child as though they were performing live on Broadway. [[spoiler:He actually ''does'' end up liking one show, but only because it runs on TrueArtIsIncomprehensible.]]
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* Jay Sherman of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', whose catch phrase is "It Stinks!" (Although most of what he [[ShowWithinAShow was reviewing]] [[StylisticSuck really did look absolutely terrible]].) In one early cartoon, a little girl gets mad at him because he didn't like ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* One episode of ''{{Bonkers}}'' involved such a critic of cartoons having his life threatened. In fact, this critic criticized ''everything''; when Lucky interviews anyone with a motive, he ends up talking to every Toon who had gotten a bad review ("We must have spoken with every Toon in Hollywood"). And as it turns out, the attacker was the only Toon whose show was being cancelled because of bad reviews.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Homer Simpson became food critic he was at first the opposite of this and praised everything, but when another critic told him to be more critical he took it too far and started giving negative reviews to everything. The food critic he replaced was herself an example, as evidenced by her retirement party where she criticized the cake.
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