An EXTENDED Oh Crap. In his review of The Room, he laughs at Tommy Wiseau's performance and asks where the real actor is. As he realizes to his horror that Tommy Wiseau IS the lead actor, his smile slowly fades into a face of pure horrific stupefaction.
And another when at the end of his "Old vs. New" of The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt. As God reveals that he was upset with one of the judgments, the Critic's face goes through about ten priceless seconds of varying degrees of "...I'm fucked, aren't I."
Linkara's initial reaction to Nostalgia Critic at the beginning of their crossover review for Superman IV was FULL of this.
"...Bothell, Washington? You're bluffing. You don't really have those videos."
This is his reaction when, after running through the hotel, screaming like a maniac (albeit pausing to do a Q&A), and hiding in Sci-Fi Guy's hotel room, he turns on the TV...only to see Linkara glaring at him, ready to do a Star Trek crossover review with him, something he had been trying to avoid the entire month.
The scene where the Nostalgia Critic realizes where he has to review Good Burger.
He also uses it for the moments in the Drop Dead Fred review when he asserts that it's really a horror film.
He refers to it as "The Dramatic Choir" in his Top 11 Best Cliches, listing the different variants: actual Latin chanting, gibberish that sounds like a dead language, English made to sound like a different language, and plain old oohs and aahs.
Operation Jealousy: He thinks this is happening with Dexter in Good Burger, as Monique looks like the female version of Ed and they're on a double date.
Overcrank: The premise behind "Scary Slow-Mo", where he plays a scene slowly to make it more scary.
Overly-Long Gag: He has a tendency towards this. Some of the more prominent examples:
The Critic himself has arguably been guilty of OLGs from time to time. The "laughing at Zack" and "Becky memorial" bits from Saved by the Bell, and the "bunny boobies" bit from Space Jam all dragged a bit.
As well as Mr. Tachanova Humpascheier Rickydicky Hamstermaster Pollywolly Wannabingbangme Supercalafragalistic Knickknackpaddywhackgivethedoga Bananafanafofresca Hickorydickoryhockitypockitywockitywhack Angelina Francesca the Third. ("It's Tatapolous.") Whatever.
Tone Lōc? Tony Lock? T. One Lock? Tone-Loc Picard?
The outbursts of "no" during the Drop Dead Fred review, going on for quite a while, ranging from loud and angry to quiet and disbelieving and back again.
The alien from Independence Day asking if it is an old girlfriend ("Stephanie?").
Both the Critic's reaction to Apollo getting beat up and the clapping scene in Rocky IV get really drawn out.
From the review of The Room, the Critic's response to Lisa questioning if Johnny is dead.
Spoony-as-the-Critic's crazed laughter in "You're a Dirty Rotten Bastard".
Drs. Insano and Smith's maniacal laughter in the The Secret of NIMH 2 review.
Soundwave talking about being in his own romantic comedy film in Raiders of the Story Arc: Transformers.
"Don't make me tell your parents, who may or may not exist and I may or may not be keeping you from."
Parental Neglect: In the Chick's TLC review, he angrily defends living with his mother as her being his world. As she's never come to help when he's been blown up, kidnapped, having a breakdown or any other instances where he's got himself into trouble, it's safe to say she doesn't have the same feeling about him.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Naturally brings this up in the Sailor Moon review, where Serena is unable to tell Tuxedo Mask's very obvious identity. He also notes this of Sailor Moon herself.
Parody Commercial: One of Nostalgia Critic's occasional jokes is to make one out of one of the items in the work he reviews.
Perpetual Smiler: Doug in his out-of-character videos often can't seem to stop smiling, even when he's raging about something.
Phrase Catcher: The following exchange has happened on at least two crossovers in Walker's house:
Critic: How did you get in here? Other character: I broke in.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Seriously, what is Tinkerbell made out of? The Critic points out that she could have easily solved EVERYTHING in the movie by having her beat the living snot out of Captain Hook at the rest of the pirates.
Playing Against Type: The Critic points out in Hook that Julia Roberts played character who is traditionally very similar to her real-life persona... by playing it in a manner completely opposite of her real life persona.
Plot Hole: invoked The Critic has a specialty of pointing out these. So, as lampshaded by Doug in his To Boldly Flee commentary, it was only fitting that he became one himself.
In his Full House review, he said the show was manufactured precious shit... or "precshit", as he liked to call it.
Similarly, in his Home Alone 3 review, he said many of John Hughes's '90s movies tended to fall into the category of slapstick shit, or "slapshit", as he liked to call it.
Power is Sexy: Oh yes. Not just with him craving some of his own, but he was consistently attracted to curvy brunettes who like dominating, and his guy!crushes were always confident, self-possessed and usually black.
Precision F-Strike: Although NC gave Little Monsters a lot of criticism for its use of constant swear words in a kids movie, he gave credit to the "Holy shit!" line that the girl gives when she sees the monster entrance, since it would seem like a legitimate reaction.
Pre-Climax Climax: Unfortunately no details, but he calls "inevitable death sex" the best kind of sex.
Skeletor: My wand can do anything! It can kill people, destroy cities, and make fashionable fur coats!
Pretty Little Headshots: For comedy, time and sanity purposes (because only a minority of people want to see his brain splattered on the wall), if he gets shot in the forehead there'll be only be a small hole there with a tiny bit of blood. If he gets shot in the side, there'll be nothing.
Primal Fear: If you feel like you're useless and haven't made anything out of your life, then the commercial special angst will hurt quite a bit more.
Most people have felt alone and isolated at one point, so the Scooby-Doo review resonated strongly with plenty of his fanbase.
Plus it's not explicitly stated, but old!Critic is clearly note from his shakiness, more quiet personality and inability to remember anything from his childhood suffering from early dementia at this point. So Critic has that to look forward to now.
Princesses Rule: One of his biggest pet peeves. In any movie or TV show where a character is called a princess but is not shown to be the daughter of a living, active monarch, he will mention it and attack the character for it. For instance, in the review for Felix the Cat: The Movie, he scratches his head over why Princess Oriana is a princess when her parents are dead and she is ruling the nation, then theorizes that she had her first name legally changed to "Princess" so she could keep the title. He finally examines this trope in detail in the editorial video "What's with the Princess Hate?".
Prison Rape: Implied at the start of James and the Giant Peach. His jacket and tie are missing, he was apparently public enemy number one for the LP, he can't seem to look anyone in the eye, and it takes a while for him to get the slightest bit of confidence back. (Plus, it's Critic, making him a bitch would be easy.)
Product Placement: Most of the 2012 Critic episodes have had advertisements cutting him off in the middle of the review. Out-of-universe it's because Doug needs a little bit more money, but in-universe it's been implied that while Critic acts annoyed by them, he secretly likes being a corporate whore.
Prophetic Names: The Critic wonders if Richie Rich or his dad's lives would have been different if they had been born named "Poor E. Broke." Chester A. Bum claims that it's his legally born name.
Genderqueer are included in the mocking too, as in Catwoman, Malcolm with the Tina A tits is referred to feeling like a catman in a catwoman's body, gets treated like the Butt Monkey, and Critic makes sure to scowl at him the most when they're all slow-dancing.
Quizzical Tilt: Parodied in The Thief and the Cobbler review when Tak and Yumyum look at each other while tilting their heads left and right, Critic mimics them until his head does a full rotation.
Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Defied. He sarcastically sums up how Costner's character in Waterworld can be considered a good guy because despite all the horrible things he's done, he didn't take a woman's body when she didn't want it.
Squickily, defied with pedophilia too. While he's sane enough to know it's obviously evil, watch his review of The Tommy Knockers. Cheating and bailing out of your responsibility towards a lost child is seen as worse than someone getting jailed for touching kids.
Reaching Between the Lines: Two characters who aren't in the same frame usually act as if they're talking by a video link, though the Critic throws something at Ask That Guy with the Glasses and knocks him out and he's able to fire his gun at Linkara and hit the wall behind him. He also appears to interact with the physical frame of M. Bison saying "OF COURSE!" and The Cinema Snob's musings on Manimal. Lampshaded by Phelous in the Childs Play review when he comments that the sock he threw at the Critic got much whiter in the Critic's frame than it had been in his.
When the Critic points out that the protagonists of Bio Dome are moronic losers with no jobs and really shouldn't have a nice house and hot girlfriends like they do in the movie, '90s Kid shows up to inform him that that kind of thing happened all the time in the '90s. However, he's interrupted when his landlord shows up with an eviction notice. And a battering ram. And a sawed-off shotgun.
His phone conversation with the director for My Pet Monster, which started with him calling the director to ask why he would make such a stupid movie, and the conversation turns to him trying to explain that he watches old movies to point out their shortcomings ("It's kind of my job."), and ends in depression which inspires the next episode where he eats junk food and watches old commercials.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Minor instance, since January 2012 some of his reviews have ads into the middle of the video as well, so he works this into the script of the reviews.
The ending of the A Simple Wish review, where Mara Wilson herself appears and delights in handing the Critic his comeuppance for making fun of her simply for the movies she appeared in... resulted from Mara being hurt about Doug's "fans" harassing her over Critic's Accentuate the Negative opinion about her acting, and Doug made up with her and she agreed to appear in his next review.
He gives an epic one directed at Michael Bay in the Pearl Harbor review.
Then another to TMZ in "Top 11 South Park" as well as anyone who watches the show.
In his The Cat in the Hat review, he delivers another epic one to Soulless (who basically is the embodiment of everything wrong with the Dr. Seuss movies), calling him out on all his corporate money grubbing ideology.
Rebus Bubble: In the Saved By the Bell review, Duck + Oil = Gravestone.
He does another one for the Other Titanic Movie, questioning how the mouse put Human Female + Mouse = Racist.
Record Needle Scratch: Occurs in the Jack Frost review when he spots a chained-up Superman toy with Batman's head.
Partly done to a scene from Star Wars, with Darth Vader's lines are replaced by... Sailor Moon.
Darth Serena: How can that be!? If my mom finds out, she'll cut my allowance!
Done with the review of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie when Rachel physically performs Rita, Doug dubs the voice, to Rachel's relief. It allowed her to just say whatever she wanted and she didn't have to scream the entire time.
Critic: That’s right. Even though it defies everything logical and everything scientific, Inspector Gadget comes back to life simply through the will of heart. ...I said “simply through the will of heart.” ...“Simply through the will of heart!” ..Excuse me.
Nostalgia Critic: Anyone who does it should be shot (is shot in the forehead), un-shot (bullet hole disappears), and given a bag of money (bag of money appears)! (offhandedly) How about some lounge music? (lounge music plays) Yeah, that's nice.
Romanticized Abuse: He has this habit of seeing rapey scenes (except when it comes children), both male-female or female-male, as a little creepy but mostly just acceptable softcore porn. Let it be stressed that this is just the Critic talking, not Doug.
He even openly admits that Bio Dome is making him root for the bad guy.
Rouge Angles of Satin: The Critic's "Top 11 F* ck Ups" notes his spelling errors from time to time. It even has a deliberate one, Lampshaded by Douchey McNitpick, at the end.
Subverted in the commentary for The Care Bears Movie. Doug points out that "penguin" is spelled wrong in a caption, and asks why Rob didn't catch it, because he should know that Doug is "dyslexic as hell." The word was spelled correctly.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Critic likes this. He has cited it as a positive point for the Zelda animated series, and is annoyed whenever he reviews a subject in which royals don't use their power to resolve a conflict (such as A Kid In King Arthur's Court).
The "You're A Dirty Rotten Bastard" episode has quite a few Fridge Logic issues (Joe being President Evil, Canada being nuked, certainpeople being happy bunnies when they had problems that in no way related to the Critic, Critic has said many times that reviewing makes his life suck more etc.) but you've got to remember that it was just a way to make the Critic look like the biggest douche and loser in all of creation.
He states in his third "Top 11 F*ck-Ups" video that the main reason he referred to Dunston as a monkey instead of an ape was because the word "monkey" would get more laughs than the movie could ever provide.
Whenever something bad happens to a character that the Critic doesn't like (usually the annoying comic relief), such as getting punched or even getting killed, the Critic will rejoice and request to see the clip played over and over again, until he is satisfied.
Drago: If he dies, he dies. Critic: In Soviet Russia, evil catchphrases say you.
Sadist Show: The character was created to suffer. First it was just bad movies, now it's bad movies and well, life in general. Doug even said in an interview that most people just keep watching to see the Critic get tortured all the time.
The Scottish Trope: Whenever the Critic says the word "elephant" (but not "elephants"), The Burger King's face flies into the screen, and whenever he mentions Chuck Norris, we're treated to a picture of Chuck Norris over a backdrop of fireworks with a voice saying "A-CHUCK A-NORRIIIIIIISSSS!!" And, as the Critic points out in his review of Free Willy, if he says the full title of a movie, he has to review it next week.
He's also taken a couple of potshots at his own speaking voice, what with Zack (in the Revenge of the Nostalgic Commercials) listing him as "Obnoxious High-Pitched Critic", and the Bum calling him "an even more high-pitched Sam Kinison" in the Kickassia Bum Review.
The old home videos made by a teenage Doug that Mara Wilson shows in A Simple Wish are definitely this.
The purpose of the episodes covering the anniversary movies, though subverted in-universe by the Critic being unable to recognize himself.
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He uses this trope word for word in The Secret of NIMH 2, pointing out that nothing that happened in the movie would have happened if the townspeople hadn't praised Timmy to be some hero in the first place.
"So let me get this straight: Timmy's great destiny was to stop a jealous mastermind who wouldn't have been a jealous mastermind until he had heard that Timmy had a great destiny. In other words, if they DIDN'T FUCKING BUILD HIM UP, NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED!TALK ABOUT A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY, YOU DUMBASSES!"
Douchey McNitpick's name.
Sequelitis: In-universe, and probably out too, The Critic did not enjoy Sequel Month.
Also, The Neverending Story 2 ("So when I heard that there was another movie, I got excited as hell. I loved the first one and I couldn't wait to see another one. It blewed.") and the third and fourth Jaws.
Series Fauxnale: Scooby-Doo is filled with references to past reviews, has returning characters including Roger the angel from the Christmas special, consists of Critic interacting with his younger and older selves, all three making a Heroic Sacrifice/Heroic Suicide to save the world, has a lot of intense acting from Doug when it comes to Critic's depression reaching boiling point, and it ends with Critic making the effort to join in a poker game and was meant to be his last review as the Nostalgic Critic. Come January 22nd, 2013, he announced the character would be coming with more reviews but different rules.
Serious Business: In-universe, Man of Steel. Critic walks to his desk in Mundane Made Awesome while fanboy tweets either complain or praise the movie and he acts like he's giving people a voice. The joke here is that Doug's already done a Zod Review and Sibling Rivalry on the film, and it really doesn't matter in the long run.
Sex for Solace: Towards the end, there was a lot more jokes on the patheticness of his sex life, from constant failed one night stands to catching a couple of stds.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Played for dark laughs in the James and the Giant Peach review. He got sent to jail for the below-average Let's Play, didn't exactly have a good time (his jacket and tie are missing), even Chester acts entitled at the press conference, has to be good for a movie he doesn't like because he doesn't want to A) be shot and B) have everyone still hate him. In the end, he gives his honest opinion that he can see why people like it but it's not for him and he gets killed for that.
Shower Scene: In the DVD menu, Rob barges in on him while he's showering. Critic's rather freaked by this.
Shown Their Work: In the North review, the Critic goes into a ballistic rage about the infamous "Inuits murder their own people callously" scene, with information that Inuits haven't been doing this for over hundreds of years, they only did it in famine and as a last resort, they certainly didn't set up a theme-park-like business for it.
His interviews to the creators of Animaniacs in his tribute to the show are extremely in depth. The clips he includes are hard to find including an original recording of Orson Welles complaining about doing a commercial.
His "Top 11 Cereal Mascots" countdown proved he can do a terrific amount of research when he really wants to, finding very old clips to compare the old versions of the mascots with the new, and giving history and background in abundance.
His review of Full House, for the most part, is this, due to Doug watching the whole series to make sure he wouldn't fuck up. He did get the details of the mother's death wrong, though (i.e. he thought she died of a disease).
Done with tremendous effect toward the realPatch Adams.
Weird as they're played for comedy and most Hollywood portrayals aren't, but people with the actual disorders have remarked that he plays OCD and Dissociative Identity Disorder far more realistically than the usual portrayals, the former with his constantly going back to meaningless details and the latter with his apologizing/not remembering instantly after an extreme tantrum happens.
Sincerity Mode: He usually ends his reviews with a much more honest and less jokey review of the movie, seriously saying what the overall problems are and, in many cases, acknowledging the movie's good points.
He will occasionally interject a genuine compliment into an otherwise negative review, preceding it with "I'm serious" so it is not mistaken for sarcasm. An example is his high opinion of the "Smooth Criminal" sequence from Moonwalker.
The Critic also admits that the big plot twist in Baby Geniuses 2 is actually pretty good, and that he was legitimately surprised by it.
Slobs Versus Snobs: One of the ways Critic and Ask That Guy are contrasted. Critic tries his best to be down with the everyman, but is really a Spoiled Sweet snob, while Ask That Guy pretends to be a high-class gentleman, but is really a filthy hedonist.
Slow Clap: The Critic points out its overuse in various sports movies in his 90s Sports Montage, and later on appears to initiate one in Rocky IV.
Slut Shaming: If he's ever angry at someone (both genders), the usual shamey words flow freely from his mouth. In return though, Douchey's called him a whore a few times too, Spoony's called him dirty to humiliate him further after getting spooned, and in real life the only person Doug calls a slut is himself.
Small Name, Big Ego: In his commentary for The Last Airbender, he guesses this as a possible reason for M. Night Shamylan's decline as a director, bringing up that in interviews, Shamalyan seemed to show signs that he let the praise he got for his early successes go to his head, and even with the failures for his later movies, he didn't seem to learn.
Small Reference Pools: A somewhat strange example is the 2010 Christmas special, where in the commentary Doug apparently thought he was the first person ever to think of doing a twisted inversion of It's a Wonderful Plot. Needless to say, the fans soon put him straight on all the existing examples.
Also referenced in some reviews where he gets irritated at the fans who have no idea what he's talking about. "Go watch a black and white movie!"
Doug and Rob recommend watching The Neverending Story 3 in their commentary to see all the hundreds of other horrible things that they didn't have time to mention without making the review three hours long (for a hour and a half long movie).
His review of Dungeons & Dragons starts with him saying that this is probably one of the worst movies ever, which is exactly why it's one of the best movies ever and why people need to see it.
By definition, the episodes which don't follow the formula of trashing one bad movie count: "Top 11", "Old vs. New", "Raiders of the Story Arc". The "Old vs. New"s are usually a lot more analytical than usual.
Anytime The Nostalgia Critic reviews a movie with another reviewer. See Crossover for the list.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Launch", which isn't a Nostalgia Critic review but stars the character.
"Bebe's Kids", which was the only time The Nostalgia Critic reviewed a video game. It was done as part of a deal between The Angry Video Game Nerd and himself where the two would perform each other's jobs for one review (James Rolfe reviewed the obscure Rocky parody "Ricky 1").
"Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird", which broke The Nostalgia Critic: he was unable to make fun of it because he loves Sesame Street. He invites Chester A. Bum to take his place for the last minute of the video.
"Teddy Ruxpin", which was not only the first review based on a toy, but also was done in the format of a slasher/thriller movie in the second half of the video.
"The Good Son". Doug Walker had temporarily lost his voice in real life, so he performed this review by remaining silent and writing out his thoughts on cue cards. The only word he uttered in the entire review was "ASS!"
"TMNT". While it's still in the typical format, it's from a very recent film (2007), so that breaks tradition of doing solely nostalgic movies from the '80s and '90s.
"Transformers 2", which took the format of his earliest reviews, i.e. no film clips, and more like what his Bum Reviews series would evolve into.
"Alone in the Dark", which had The Nostalgia Critic again unable to speak, but this time using Mac speak to convey his thoughts. He was also accompanied by Spoony and Linkara, and the review took place in a different environment than usual.
"Baby Geniuses" took the form of a disturbed Nostalgia Critic walking around a convention in a daze after having seen this film, and narrating in the style of film noir.
"Commercials", which didn't feature the typical white wall or his usual attire but instead The Nostalgia Critic sitting in a recliner wearing an "I Donut Donuts" T-shirt and watching TV. His review was focused on commercials, not TV shows or movies like it usually is.
"You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard Christmas Special" was a parody of It's a Wonderful Life where the Critic sees what things would be like if he was never born. Only problem is, everyone involved with Channel Awesome is well off, and the angel sent to show the Critic the error of his ways lost out on being God's number one guy just because the Critic existed.
"Jungle 2 Jungle'" was reviewed in the style of a nature documentary.
"Raiders of the Story Arc: Transformers" has Doug playing the character of Optimus Prime.
The Critic's reasoning for why Waterworld was a bomb at the box office. He even says that it's not bad as an action movie, but ultimately fails to live up to its high budget (which the movie didn't even manage to reach in cinemas).
He also plays whimsical, uplifting music over the ending of Marley and Me for the same purpose.
A rocky guitar instrumental of “The Review Must Go On” is played over his explosions-heavy opening theme, but the actual lyrics were Word Of God about Critic hating his job, carrying on because he has to (thus parodying the Queen and Moulin Rouge! versions), and foreshadowing his end.
"WHAT THE HELL!? Did they just talk? Did Tom & Jerry, one of the most famous silent duos of all time, just speak to each other?? No. No, no, no, no no no, it's gotta be a mistake. I gotta be hearing things. I'm gonna just go ahead and eat my customary 3-pound watermelon and drink my traditional pitcher of sangria both at the same time while I confirm how wrong I was about this ridiculous misunderstanding..."
Also done in his Video Game Review, when he partakes in the Nerd's favourite beverage during the opening.
After performing one in his Milk Money review, he lampshades it by yelling, "Why is it I'm always drinking when a scene like that happens?"
During the review of The Room, he does it when Johnny askes another character how their sex life is.
The Critic tries but fails to avert this in his review of Star Trek The Motion Picture. He manages to prevent himself from spitting out his drink after hearing Lieutenant Ilia mention her oath of celibacy, but he spits it out when she asks Captain Kirk, in Johnny's voice, how his sex life is.
John Hughes:"There! I did it! I wrote the worst Home Alone script ever. I know I'm contractually obligated to write at least one more movie, but this script is so terrible no studio would ever buy it. Haha!" Producer:"We'll take it." John Hughes:"My career is over!"
Squick: His in-universe reaction in the Conan reviews to a segment where Arnold says that working out is "like cumming": "CONAN: THE CUMMER... EW"
Stalker Without A Crush: The Ghost Of Christmas Future is just a little too obsessed with getting the Critic to do what he wants.
State The Simple Solution: In the crossover for Star Trek Insurrection, Linkara has taken over the tv and plans on continuing with the review and go at Nemesis. Critic is horrified and cannot take it when Sci-fi Guy, whose been standing in the corner for the review, tells him to just turn off the tv. It works.
Sting: Doug often plays "Shock Horror (a)" by Dick Walter (also frequently heard on The Ren & Stimpy Show) when something he considers shocking appears on the screen. Some examples of when it's played include:
He's also Catholic, but calls out people who use the bible as a defense for what they don't understand (Gordy) or that think the rest of the world is evil because they're not the same religion (Exorcist II The Heretic).
Story Arc: His massive insecurity with his job. It was set up in Full House where he complains at his fans for not appreciating what he does for them, comes out when he gets upset at other contributors for stealing it and being better than him, ran through Kickassia when he would rather commit mass murder-suicide than lose the power he had for once gained, he breaks down to CR about his Inferiority Superiority Complex and got pushed to the forefront in the My Pet Monster / "Commercials Special" double parter. It's also the thing that leads him to his breakdown in Scooby-Doo and making his life better in To Boldly Flee.
In a lighter, sillier example, the Nerd/Critic rivalry. Light because it ended in a kickass brawl and didn't include near-Death by Despair.
Definite now that Doug says they're finished, the "fuck-ups" lists provided a progression from "I'm unbelievable, I am your Jesus" to giving up and breaking down so hard that Douchey decides to leave him alone.
Since the comeback, "The Review Must Go On"'s consequences. Mostly looked at in episodes with Malcolm's devil as he's essentially Critic's new only friend, but comes up in Paranoia, Sailor Moon and The Last Airbender too.
Straw Character: A lot of the arguments that Joe says in Man of Steel are just there for Critic to get the upper hand complaint on. RL!Joe understood this, as he said on twitter that one day he'll give a proper defense.
Strawman Has a Point: In-universe. Amongst other things, one of the Critic's main issues with Patch Adams is how the movie keeps trying to set up anyone who doesn't agree with the titular character's "laughter is the best medicine" policy as wrong, humorless, evil, or any combination of the above, yet he points out that Adams (the character in the movie, not the real Patch Adams, which he emphasizes) acts very unprofessional and that a lot of the people who frown on his manners are perfectly right in pointing this out to him.
Stuffed into the Fridge: In his review of Alaska, he has a rant about how using a parent's death merely as a plot device is disgusting.
Stunned Silence: The Critic is left absolutely speechless when he hears Eric Idle singing in The Secret of NIMH 2. He tried to say out some kind of reaction, but just couldn't think of any words to say.