"What is this? After three superb episodes that made me believe that maybe…maybe Voyager would crack on and tell some grand stories in its last two years we hit the ground with a bang so hard its enough to give you whiplash. Ronald D. Moore has left the building and we’re back into Brannon Braga high concept territory. Let joy be uncontained. This is Voyager’s take on Stephen King’s Christine except instead of a Plymouth Fury we are dealing with a psychotic space craft that attempts to seduce Tom Paris to the dark side. How did they think any good could come of this? Its so predictable I wouldn’t even call it Trek by numbers…its even more nursery school than that, with the Daffy Duck Voyager crew failing to pick up on any of the signs that Tom has been influenced by Alice despite the fact that this kind of possession happens twice a year on this ship... This could have worked had they taken the piss out of the hokey concept and laughed along with its absurd plot turns but in true Voyager fashion it is all told with deadly solemnity which adds a whole new level of embarrassment."
"Poor Pete Ross: a character so inconsequential, he never even achieved 'sidekick' status. Eventually Ross left the show, and most of us forgot he was ever a part of it. Before that could happen, however, he had to have a spotlight episode in a last-ditch effort to squeeze some substance out of his character. And what says small-town nice guy better than... illegal street racing?
None of this makes any sense. Smallville has approximately one street, two signs ('Welcome' and 'Thanks for visiting') and maybe a flea market. Even if we're meant to believe he's 'fallen in with the wrong crowd' that somehow doesn't get caught, the stupidity is compounded when we learn that the cars are fueled by kryptonite. Episodes like Season Three's 'Velocity' were meant to cash in on the popularity of recent movie releases such as Fast and the Furious. It's not the last we see of this ratings ploy...In one of the most blatant knock-offs of a popular movie franchise ever, Smallville featured an entire episode with a sadistic killer in a creepy mask, elaborate death traps, and a ticking clock on which time is running out. When Lex Luthor's father and Ma Kent (?!) are kidnapped by a deranged psychopath, Clark must come to the rescue before the audience falls asleep."
—Topless Robot on Sawville
Chris: I think there’s only one way to say it: Smallville has done an episode that rips off The Matrix, and it is currently the year 2011.
David: And Chris, what’s truly amazing about this episode is that it rips off The Matrix — itself a gigantic rip-off of Grant Morrison’s Invisibles. If they just skipped the middlemen and ripped off Morrison instead, I’m pretty sure I’d be singing this episode’s praises.
"Eragon is, bar none, the most complete and shameless rip-off of Star Wars ever xeroxed. Not even Turkish Star Wars stole as brazenly... The meanie in me says that Lucas could probably be accused of stealing the plot for that from half a dozen samurai movies, but the fan in me still doesn't care if he did. They didn't have hyperdrive in Hidden Fortress!"
"Ugh, I don’t wanna review Delgo. This movie is is so derivative it feels like those Mosaic posters where a thousand pictures make up one big conglomerate of a pic...this is not just an 'homage': its a full blown rip off of several specific scenes and movies. I was watching just shouting out the movies where they ripped off the scenes like from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Back to the Future II. Yes they ripped off Back to the Future II. The general plot is actually a mish mash of Romeo and Juliet, In the Name of the King, aaaaand I dunno. Star Wars Holiday Special? Ok, only joking on that one."
—Miles Antwiler on Delgo (2008)
"The Island ended up becoming an inauspicious way to kick off a career in movies, particularly when DreamWorks and (Michael) Bay were sued for copyright infringement by the makers of the low budget ‘70s sci-fi film Parts: The Clonus Horror. You may remember the eerie similarities between The Island and Clonus being detailed extensively on this very site. And if you don’t remember that, you may recall hearing about it on Cracked when they shamelessly copied my comparison screenshots without permission (it’s ironic, because the article about rip-offs is itself a rip-off!)."
"Shia LaBeouf recently stole the spotlight by stealing an entire screenplay. He 'plagiarized' the script for his short film HowardCantour.com from Daniel Clowes' comic Justin M. Damiano, in the same way settlers 'short-changed' Native Americans for the island of Manhattan. But he paid less. He stole the entire comic, scene for scene, line for line, word for goddamn word. It is impossible to overstate how directly he ripped it off. I've used photocopiers that make less direct reproductions. When you read the title "HowardCantour.com," you've already experienced most of Shia's contribution to the project. The only other alterations were things like changing the bagels the characters eat into cookies. That's the level of cinematic insight Shia brings to a creative project: liking cookies."