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Quotes: Damned by Faint Praise
Dundee, 30th May 1865
I certify that William McGonagall has for some time been known to me. I have heard him speak, he has a strong proclivity for the elocutionary department, a strong voice, and great enthusiasm.
George Gilfillan

Fiction

"Okay! For the record, when the nicest thing Jane Bennet has to say about you is "tall", you have personality problems."
Lizzie (on Darcy), The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

On works

"Have to admit, a hero with a lack of any sense of direction is a character Iíve never seen in wrestling. Or any other form of entertainment ever, come to think of it. Thatís probably because itís a terrible idea. Never let it be said that such things ever really stopped WCW from charging headfirst into unchartered territory."

"First things first: of course it's better than Results May Vary. How could it not be? But let's not get ahead of ourselves — Charmbracelet is better than Glitter, Generation Swine is better than that pseudo-industrial MŲtley CrŁe album without Vince Neil, but that doesn't mean you'd want to listen to any of them."
Allmusic, on Limp Bizkit's The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1

"The best that can be said about Ishtar is that Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman, two of the most intelligent actors of their generation, play dumb so successfully that on the basis of this film there's no evidence for why they've made it in the movies."

"The movie has one merit: If you have unruly children, it may put them to sleep."
Leonard Maltin on Doctor Dolittle (1967)

"Describing this as the 'best' of the abysmal animated Madagascar trilogy is like indicating a slight preference for being locked in a sweatbox instead of waterboarded: Either way, you feel enormous gratitude when itís over."
Lou Lumenick, on Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

"Tank Girl is a wonderful soundtrack."

"Is it any good? Well, itís not as bad as Quintet!"
Miles Antwiler, on Robert Altman's Popeye

"If I'm going with a genuine positive? The fact that the boom mic showed up a few times means that they thought to use a boom mic."
Best of the Worst on Lethal Ninja (1992)

"Ironically the most major positives about this film are the things that are not in the film:

1) Han Solo was not ruined. Now,
Chewbacca was ruined for being pointlessly shoehorned into this movie, but Chewbacca was no Han Solo.

2) No
Millenium Falcon... Thankfully, nowhere in this film do we see the Millenium Falcon flyin' around doin' somethin' stupid with, like, it's original owner. No, the Millenium Falcon is safe and secure. It wasn't raped.

3) Almost no Jar-Jar Binks. After three films Lucas finally got it. We only see this loathesome cunt for a brief moment or two.

4) No kids. The first film obviously had a kid; a kid that made you want to sterilize the human race. It also had more kids that fucking talked, too. The second film had even
more kids that talked! Finally, the only kid in this film that talks dies. Yah, all o' 'em die. These are positive changes.
Harry S. Plinkett (unaware that the Millennium Falcon does appear in Attack of the Clones) on the prequel saga

"Well, let me see. Uma Thurman nice eyes... No, thereís that thing where she keeps them open during kisses, so thatís out. Arnold... no. Clooney... no, thatís a bust too, even though heís not that bad. Chris OíDonóWhat the hell am I doing? Look, no animals were harmed during the making of this movie! There!"
The Agony Booth, Batman & Robin pros and cons (leaning heavily on the cons)

David: Chekhov's Gun was properly placed on the mantelpiece. The resolutions to the first two Superman movies come straight out of thin air, so to see this movie actually try to not have Superman pull a deus ex machina out of his ass is really nice.
Matt: And those lingering shots of the chemical at the beginning werenít for nothing!
David: Superman III: being praised for doing the bare minimum in narrative construction.
Chris Sims, Matt Wilson, and David Uzumeri on Superman III

"Legend isn't just a poor sequel, it's an attempt to rewrite history. The plan was clearly for it to suck so badly it would become a black hole, travel back in time and make Van Damme's movie look brilliant by comparison, and that would have worked."

"The first preview of Speed-The-Plow was a train wreck for some and LiLo, a master at doing lines, didnít know a lot of her lines. Speed-The-Plowís opening night happened last night and critics who reviewed the show say that LiLo only missed a couple of lines. It says a lot when Li Lo, whose job is to memorize her goddamn lines, has to be fed lines on opening night and everyone goes, 'Aw, she only missed two lines. Gold star!'"
DListed, "Lindsay Lohanís Speed-The-Plow Reviews Werenít Awful"

"Itís fitting that GallifreyBaseís standard for 1/10 is 'Iíd rather listen to a tape of leaf-blower noise,' as leaf-blower noise, turned to a low volume, would provide a white noise background almost as good for falling asleep as this story. But that means this story is better than the leaf-blower, so it must be a 2/10."
Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who, "Death to the Daleks"

"Did you know this episode was nominated for Outstanding Hair Styling?"
SFDebris, TNG: "Haven"

"Moment to Watch Out For: Seven accepting a blanket. Itís the most exciting thing that happens. The only moment I felt anything besides sheer boredom."
Doc Oho on Star Trek: Voyager, "Natural Law"

David: So, high points? Uh, yeah. I donít think any animals were harmed during its production.
Chris: It didnít make any racist remarks that I remember.
David: It did not actually kill me. Like, I didnít die from watching it. That was maybe the high point.
ComicsAlliance on Smallville ("Prophecy")

"Is it fair to expect more from a movie tie-in? Maybe not. But whereas the last movie game deserved second-degree burns edging on third, it was 24-karat gold compared to this one. (beat) Well, silver. (beat) Well, copper. Copper's still good! You can wire stuff up with it! Like Amazing Spider-Man 2's nipples!"

"In Steven Seagal is the Final Option, you look exactly like Steven Seagal from Hard to Kill. Which is easily the nicest thing anyone has ever said about anything. They never finished Seagal's running animation which is a shame because I'm sure it would have involved motion capturing a fat woman waking up in bathtub full of snakes. Graphics: 10/10"

"Now listen to me, if everyone was critical about everything all the time, the world would be a dull place. So let's start with the positives: At least it gave me a millisecond's preview of the game before SHOVING A HINT IN MY FUCKIN' FACE"
JonTron plays Hercules

"Hearts actually refill your health. (Man, I'm really reaching to find positives here.)"

"Buzz, aptly nicknamed for his apparent tipsiness during his promo, tried his hand at cheerleading for WWE and ďour space programĒ (the United Statesí that is)... That didnít stop the astronaut from trying to ingratiate himself to the Canadian audience, though, accidentally damning the country with the faintest of praise. The Toronto fans should have been grateful to hear that Canadian engineers built the landing gear on the Apollo 11 lunar lander, but no. No one ever cared about astronauts anyway; back in the 60s, every little boy wanted to grow up to be a landing gear technician! The fans in attendance, thinking Aldrin was turning heel on them, booed poor Buzz, even after his enthusiastic exclamation of, 'Woo. How 'bout that?'"


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