These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
It really was Santa Christ in the first commercial pedo call. He knows first hand what a naughty boy Critic can be, so wanted to vindictively screw with his head a bit.
Santa Christ himself is prone to this in his later appearances. Does he truly have a dark side to him? Or is he merely just screwing around with the Critic? Especially since all of his more... questionable comments are always said when NC is around.
All the attacks on specific actors in the reboot, like Madonna still being sexual at her age, Brad Jones and Alec Baldwin apparently being overweight, the lampshaded bitching about Dakota Fanning, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and so on. Carrying on taunting Kyle over Colm Wilkinson even though he's upset also included. Aesop Amnesia of "The Review Must Go On" and what he'd already learned before? Or another middle finger to Doug, showing him again who's really in control?
He made a lot of derogatory gay jokes in his early days. But luckily, when Doug started making use of Ho Yay and Female Gaze, these died out. In his crossover review of The Wiz with Todd in the Shadows, he said he hates Joel Schumacher for his storytelling and adaptation skills, making it clear it's not because he's gay.
Also sorted out with the Critic himself. Characterization Marches On and suddenly a lot more focus is put on his sissiness and patheticness, but with good writing, good comedy and Doug's charm and actually decent acting skills, he's a much more interesting character than he was in the beginning.
A few people complained that he over-relied on film clips instead of jokes, so Doug made this a character trait. When the Critic got called out on the above in Star Trek month and couldn't use footage from other stuff, he had no idea what to say.
With all the complaints that the photoshop title cards were scary (like Cat In The Hat, Master of Disguise and Why Do We Love Zombies among others), getting the Chick's artist on board◊ feels like this. Still frightening, but easier to take in cartoon form.
"The Review Must Go On" and the decision to bring back the Nostalgia Critic. Is Doug giving into the Hatedom for Demo Reel or does he really want to go back to Nostalgia Critic? Did Demo Reel end too soon and not get a proper chance, or was it a failed flop? Should Doug have Taken A Third Option somehow? This is also not getting into all the real life subtext, including theories that the site's traffic was suffering too heavily without the Critic.
Malcolm Ray and Rachel Tietz, the two actors that began in Demo Reel, and joined the Nostalgia Critic series as additional actors during the sketches. They seem to get their fair share of hatedom, as the people who dislike the new formula usually associate them to the Critic's downfall. They're criticized as being unfunny by their Hatedom. Others see their addition and the other changes to the show's format as making the revival a Surprisingly Improved Sequel, between raising the show's production values and giving it a more diverse cast for the sketch portions.
In a non-sexual version, no matter how long it's been, no matter how many good sensible points he makes, if he has a breakdown or goes on a rant in a review then that will be all people remember of the episode.
When the Transformers 3 and Jungle 2 Jungle reviews come up, more people will remember the giant hickeys on his neck than anything else.
Broken Base: Are you invested in the character stuff or do you just watch for the movie riffing? He tries his best to incorporate the two sides into every episode (especially in 2012), but either way, people are gonna to complain about one being more or less prominent than the other.
Your opinion on Doug bringing Critic back relies heavily on several things: How much you liked Demo Reel and if you thought it should have been given more time to prosper, how much you felt Doug's fanbase should just take what they were already given over the last five years, what you think of the new skits, Malcolm and Rachel's skits, how much you felt that Scooby Doo/To Boldly Flee were great send offs, how much you feel that Doug's fanbase immediately rags on anything new he makes, and whether or not you think Doug went back for the money from Nostalgia Critic.
Some have criticized Doug for certain films he has reviewed, saying the films weren't that bad and he resorted to nitpicking.
Critic appears to have become this as of the reboot, mixed with Jerk Sue- he's more antagonistic (And frankly just more unlikable as a result, whereas in the past he was at least pitiful), has apparently forgotten all of the aesops he's learned over the years, and is more willing to mock actors and production teams over the actual characters, and there's much more Unfortunate Implications in his reviews. Because of this, multiple fans have sworn off watching Critic until something changes.
Colbert Bump: Many of the films he's reviewed became known to the audience only because of this.
Think about it logically. If he really was screaming down the house every week like people say he is, Doug's voice would have been shot a long while ago.
This was slyly mocked by Welshy's Biting-the-Hand Humor "commercial" in his review of Backwoods Bloodbath. It incorporates the usual bitchings of "aaah he screams constantly", but out of all the clips, the Battlefield Earth breakdown is the only in-context rage there was. The rest was either fear or pretending to be someone else.
Continuity Lock-Out: He doesn't have the long storylines that others do, but his show is probably one of the most character-based on the site and he's started being fond of call backs first set up from at least a year ago. He's also in plenty of cameo appearances, which usually tell you things about the character as well. This doesn't apply to the section of fans who watch just for a trashing of a movie.
Critical Backlash: The Bart's Nightmare LP has a lot of issues (not seeing the Critic's face when he's breaking down, the joke was too obvious, the video was overly long, obviously done because Doug was on holiday and needed to get something out etc.), but most agree that it isn't as bad as Doug's constant apologies are making it out to be.
Critical Research Failure: Can frequently get certain facts about the films he has reviewed or people involved with them wrong.
The Michael Bay rant in Pearl Harbor. A lot of people in the comment sections told him that soldiers really didn't have to learn to swim before WW 2 because they basically would have been screwed anyway, and that his point is pretty hollow because of this.
The Sailor Moon review has been heavily criticized for this.
An egregious case, since he says he is a big fan, is in the editorial about Tom & Jerry, where he outright states that Tom always starts the fight, which is dead wrong. A good third of the time it's Jerry who starts it, to the point that many fans of the cartoon see him as a complete ass.
The Eight Crazy Nights review's introduction, with the Critic apologizing for the fact it was the only famous Hanukkah movie to represent the Jewish faith, despite the existance of other Hanukkah themed movies, like The Hebrew Hammer.
In his review of Full House the Critic impersonates one of the show's characters giving his daughter a talk about periods: "You may see your body as something unnatural or possessed... because it is. Stop it. Right now".
Now that his character arc is done, some might say Critic is the least interesting thing about the revival. For example, in Son of the Mask, he has a big begging-for-death breakdown, but look through fandom places and that's mostly ignored in favor of talking about the film, the pony and Kardashian slams, how moe Evilina was, how sexy Malcolm was in his suit, Santa Christ being evil (but only in some places), and figuring out Channel Awesome mythology.
Used to his advantage in the Les Miserables (2012) musical. After the disastrous Sailor Moon and the base breaker reputation of Nu!Critic in general, Critic (while still technically the main character) takes a backseat to all the other producers and is only in the spotlight when he starts the crowd songs, so becomes easier to take as a result.
The title card can also be seen as an example of this, given the real life story behind why Bridge to Terabithia was written.
The joke about autistic children in Ernest Saves Christmas. Doug quickly agreed that it was in extremely bad taste and took it out.
The Domestic Abuse joke with Rachel in the Turbo commentary. She used a marker to get the right look for Rita and Rob teased that the next day her friends must have asked who her abusive boyfriend was and why he was beating her. The track literally ending with Rob-as-Lewis committing suicide and Doug earlier acting like Power Rangers fans have low IQs weren't great either.
The entire Running Gag in Dawn Of The Commercials is the Wicked Witch sexually harassing guys and them being creepy in return to girls who don't want them. If you have been sexually harassed, not so enjoyable to watch.
As "condolences" for Jewish problems in Eight Crazy Nights, he shops Hitler chained to a flaming menorah. Okay enough, but right after he replaces Hitler with (the Jewish) Sandler for his own benefit, and it goes too far.
In-universe, the Critic finds one in Master of Disguise in the form of the Devlin fart joke, finding himself fascinated with how the movie made a fart joke funny, and then not funny, and then funny, and then not funny again.
And one very clingy girl said he was her one true love and quoted "Hellfire". Trolling or not, that's a new one.
Conversely, some women have gotten upset at his fiancée because he's going to marry her (which he has now). They've said some pretty nasty things about her.
In his Casper review, he made a fuss about how he was so very creeped out by Casper saying "Can I keep you?" to a sleeping girl. Cue a long list of people in the comment sections (and apparently at conventions) asking if they can keep him.
He went on holiday for three weeks for the first time in years. Because he still wanted to get videos out, he put a few commentaries. Cue fans whining that they didn't get a Critic, he's obviously getting tired of his job and he obviously doesn't appreciate us.
Even though Doug's tried ridiculously hard to make it obvious, there are still those who believe he is the Critic and that there's not much difference between the two. Even though, discounting all those times Doug's proven he's a Nice Guy, logically the Critic wouldn't even be able to exist in real life with all his instability.
Some people are only too happy to ignore the oft-repeated message (both from the Critic and Doug) that "this is all just opinion and you're allowed to like or dislike whatever you want."
The Bart's Nightmare LP and Retsupurae riff resulted in some massive entitlement. Despite Doug wanting to get something out for the audience while he was on holiday and the riffers trashing him and the site in every possible way (including some nice transphobia where they thought Iron Liz was Doug in a wig even though they look nothing alike), "fans" were only upset when they got bashed.
When Doug announced the end of the Critic but loads of new shows that he was excited about, some particularly loud viewers announced they were leaving the site forever. Because being happy for him and acknowledging all the other reviewer talent is clearly not an option.
In Doug's (not the Critic's) review of Wreck-It Ralph uploaded along with the Bum Review, he mentioned how there were people who said that the Critic's show went south around the time Doug moved to his first real house (he was filming this from his second house). He then quickly states that all of those opinions are hooey and that "everyone online has that opinion. Whatever."
"He just sticks to the state-summary-of-the-film-and-make-jokes formula!" No. Nohedoesn't. (And those are four of many examples.)
Compare the comments on, say, Spooning With Spoony 2, and then Catwoman. The former will usually agree with Spoony about what a slut Critic is, but then the latter - where he's chased down by four women he doesn't want until the A Man Is Always Eager "realization" - will have him getting internet pats on the back for being a Chick Magnet.
Vira Gunn (LeonThomas's wife, who has a bad neurological disorder to boot) made a post a couple of days after the AI review, explaining that she liked TMZ and she didn't want to be treated like an idiot by someone who always had the anvil "like what you like". The resulting hatred from Critic fans made her tweet that she was losing faith in humanity and was going to stay away from the internet.
After the Sailor Moon review hit, this article came up, trying to explain calmly why said review had a lot of sexist moments. Cue the comment sections filled with “fans” being very sexist to the author.
A circular version. Doug acts bitter towards a meme people keep making him do (usually bat credit card) > fans take advantage of his inability to say no and make him do it more > more bitterness from Doug. Rinse and repeat.
There are some scary women who think Critic in the Shining review was Abusively Sexy and ship him and Rachel because of it, despite the fact that all he did was terrorize her.
Fountain of Memes: Despite still doing them to make fans happy, Doug's not exactly happy about this reputation. At a con Q&A where people were particularly obnoxious with their requests, he had to plead for some actual questions instead.
As mentioned on the main page, Mako in the TMNT review. "He sounds like Mr. Miyagi when he smoked a million Marlboros" becomes less funny after you realize his VA died of throat cancer. He later acknowledges the fact that Mako died. He just didn't know Mako at the time when he was reviewing TMNT.
His rant about oil in the Saved by the Bell review is hard to watch now given the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, especially the Becky bit.
There's his comment in the review of It about the girl of the group being "easy to get into". The book actually has the girl engage in underage sex.
More Doug than the Critic, but in his early internet fame he joked about getting worried that he was going to get stalkers. Those jokes are kinda wince-making now after some of the examples under Fan Dumb. He even says in his video about movies he enjoys but everyone else hates that he enjoys The Cable Guy because it's like a "release".
In the Doug/Noah/Joe guide to making a good web show, Noah and Joe start talking about the trolls in a very mocking, "wtf is wrong with you" way. Doug stays mostly silent and has the most awkward look on his face. Even more uncomfortable if you've read some of the disgustingly skeevy crap he gets.
From the Godzilla review:
"Yeah, The World Trade Center Bombing. I'm sure that's the only huge disaster New York will ever.... um.. alright I'm bailing out on this one."
In The Wizard review, he makes a Running Gag of being a twenty six year old guy with a crush on the kid Lucas. This is made extremely awkward by the actor who played Lucas going on to be a child molester◊.
In-character and if you're invested, the first True Internet Story painted a ridiculous life history for him, sponging off his parents and just generally having a cozy time. ...not quite. Which might be why Critic beat the ever-loving crap out of the interviewer at the end.
It's also funny in a Black Comedy way, but in the early stages of his battle with the Nerd, there's a throwaway line about his job not being easy. It's just a throwaway line that lets him lead up to the challenge of the Nerd having to do a movie review. Oh, Critic, you have no idea how much worse it'll get.
When talking about the Child Catcher in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", he says his parents told him to stay away from strangers. Knowing what we know now, he would have probably been better off with a stranger.
In his Alone In The Dark 2005 review, they point out how the Big Damn Heroes start shooting the zombies without knowing why they're there and that they might just be innocent civilians. Then they show a few minor TGWTG characters walk into the scene and get shot. One of them is Ma-Ti...
In the Scooby-Doo! movie review, Roger the Angel sarcastically declares the Nostalgia Critic in charge of purgatory. Considering the story arc this episode marks the start of, this line can bring about a few skeptics of Doug's later decisions.
The scene that contains the original "Psych! Heil Hitler!" gag: he briefly imagines the Nazi spy as a kindergarten teacher. Suddenly a lot less funny in light of Sandy Hook.
Glurge: There's a couple of moments between Evilina and Critic in The Cat in the Hat that are meant to be sweet, particularly after his big speech (which some also considered to be this), where she tugs on his clothes and tells him she likes the book better. Problems that ruin the effect of this? He keeps calling her "kiddo" or "child", which just sound weird for him, for the most part they pissed each other off, and last but not least, he hit her in the back of her head and told her to stop crying.
The Nostalgia Critic started out reviewing parts of the movies, and not the entire thing, but as his videos went on, the jokes eventually developed and the reviews eventually covered more of the story. While still fairly low by say, television standards, his production values have increased dramatically since starting the site. His review schedule has been consistent too.
Arguably, the Critic really started catching fire around the time of Batman & Robin, probably the most solid of his early reviews and one of the first done expressly for the site.
As... bizarre as it sounds, character-wise, he was cemented and made consistent (i.e being more as like we know him today) from Follow That Bird onwards.
Before The Garbage Pail Kids Movie review, the Critic was quick to caustically declare practically each and every film he reviewed as the worst film that he had ever seen. After The Garbage Pail Kids Movie review, he began to take a slightly more analytical approach to his reviews, with the reasoning being that he was never going to see a film as bad as that one again.
Post-revival, the show has seen a noticeable rise in production values. Doug now has the benefits of a studio instead of just a corner in his living room, a larger cast and an extra week to work on episodes since he decided to release a new review every fortnight instead of once a week.
In his review of the animated version of Titanic, at the point that the dolphins appear, he blatantly states they're the happiest of earth's creatures and makes references to Flipper. Four months after the review's release, The Cove makes its debut. Cue the instant Fridge Horror.
Crossing over with a bit of Adult Fear, he had a line very early on about shooting his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle doll because he was scared of it. A child shouldn't have a gun anyway, but especially not a Troubled Child like we know he was now.
Not quite as bad, but the ending of the Surf Ninjas review, with The Other Guy and his friends by his bedside looking after him, is slightly uncomfortable when it's been established later how very lonely he is.
Watching him adore Santa Christ and their sweet friendship is just painful after the accident in Kickassia. Especially as when Santa Christ appears later in the show, he's understandably colder.
Seeing him cry about how he can't give us any comedy about Junior because it's so boring becomes even worse when you find out later that making jokes is the only thing he thinks he's good at.
The giant monkey plushie was introduced properly when the Love Interest admitted to Patch Adams that she was molested as a child. Since then, it's appeared in a few episodes where the Critic treats it like it was his only friend growing up. Well, what did you expect?
In the first top twelve Christmas specials, he comes to the conclusion that It's a Wonderful Life teaches him how good and wonderful life really is, especially around Christmas time. It's to be assumed he stopped watching it at some point.
In his review for Bio Dome, he compares Pauly Shore's voice to children being shot, following it up with the audio of such a scenario being put over Pauly's voice. Then came the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre...
From his Commercial specials, he makes a theme joke about Lego Maniac Jack / Zach who had become a mad bomber. Becomes...a lot less funny in the wake of the 2013 terrorist bombings of the Boston Marathon.
The third NC Fuck-Ups in light of Scooby-Doo. When you're so alone that you're reaching out to spend more time with Douchey, you're in a fairly dreadful state.
In The Wiz, Todd and Critic's agreement that there'll be no praise of Schumacher while the latter is still alive gets a bit darker when you discover he didn't plan on being around for any longer.
In 2011, he begged not to have to do Nostalgia-Ween again, even bringing himself to do Doug's First Movie in exchange. Come 2013 and apparently the spirits have screwed him over.
Not just probably being the most in-fully-fledged-character on the site and disregarding Kickassia and Suburban Knights, Doug really did well in the first commercials special. Hell, he even produced tears.
A lot of it's down to Fan Dumb, but there's something to be said for how many people believe he's really suffering badly in real life when it comes to some of the movies he watches.
All the more apparent when he interacts with con-goers. Nobody's taking it seriously, but while he's in-character making woobie faces or whatever the situation calls for, if the audience is meant to be - say - an angry mob, they'll be laughing instead.
The Scooby-Doo review worked precisely because Doug is excellent at being an emotionally manipulative little bastard. The meltdown at the beginning was so convincing that some people thought at least parts of it were semi-autobiographical.
Oddly (or maybe not), ever since Doug started dropping the anvil last year that an opinion of a movie doesn't make you a good or bad person, Critic, Bum Reviews and his own vlogs have been getting more of this venomous sort of reaction. The latest complaint has been people getting upset that Critic doesn't like Joel Schumacher, when that should have been obvious.
Gleefully anticipated (as of writing) for the Man of Steel review, as Doug said at Alcon "I'm going to piss you all off and I'm going to love it."
During the review of The Room, the Nostalgia Critic is visited by colleagues from the future who warn him that he "must not review this movie". Guess what? He later had to take the video down, because he was threatened with a lawsuit about the review. For the record, this is the only review of his that it's happened to.
After getting said threat, the Critic decides to satirize the situation with an impression of Tommy Wiseau doing a "Tommy Wi-show." More than a year later, Wiseau actually does come out with The Tommy Wi-Show with the the help of Machinima.com.
The Critic theorises that Tommy Wiseau is "the Bizarro version of Fabio". According to The Disaster Artist, Tommy Wiseau is fascinated by modelling and apparently has had dreams of becoming a model.
In the Spoony/Critic/Linkara review of Alone In The Dark 2005, Spoony enjoys typing "I like to wear women's clothing" into Critic's computer. In his review of Captain America, he casually reveals that he made Critic dress up as a dirty ballerina in Spooning With Spoony II. Black Comedy because the Critic hung himself, but still funny all the same.
But straight up hilarious when in A Simple Wish, a young Doug Walker is casually seen saying that phrase!
In the "Jingle All the Way" review, the Nostalgia Critic jokes that "I'd just be upset if my father was Arnold Schwarzenegger." In light of Arnold's scandal, this joke suddenly became way funnier.
His Teddy Ruxpin review is very similar to Board James's review of Mr. Bucket, complete with a similar Groin Attack.
Bhargo's characterization of Ma-Ti has been purely for fun... and now, Hollywood producers are interested in making a Captain Planet movie! Doug joked that they should just get Bhargo to play Ma-Ti in that as well!
On Doug's Top 10 Movies he hates and everyone loves he lists Matilda... and later the film's star went pestering him.
The Nostalgia Duo's complaining about Batty in Ferngully takes on a whole new amusing twist when Nella and Elisa find out much later that the Chick has major Perverse Sexual Lust for him.
In his Baby Geniuses 2 review, guest star Brental Floss has to pretend to be the NC by being the PuppetMaster. One question we see asked is "What is your favorite review?" and Brent answers the Moulin Rouge! review (since that is one Brent crossovered in). Turns out, the Moulin Rouge review really is Doug's favourite review.
And as it turns out, briefly "auditioning" for the role in the same film.
In his Patch Adams review, at the point of Patch's big courtroom speech. Critic speaks for Adams and says "I know I had a good laugh when my non-existent girlfriend croaked." Come early 2013 and the story of Manti Te'o's girlfriend hoax.
He makes a remark in the Langoliers review about how going back in time to stop Kennedy from being shot would be an awesome Stephen King story. Then [[11/22/63 gets published.
After being forced to review Starchaser, Bennet The Sage presents the next thing he'll force the critic to review: the Transformers cartoon, at which the critic shrugs. The Transformers review then got a substantial amount of backlash due to the critic's overuse of an annoying impression of Optimus Prime.
In his review of Red Sonja, he begins by apologizing for making fun of Mako in his TMNT review the previous week, mentioning that Mako did voices for shows like "Avatar The Last Airbender, which [he] had never heard of". Come 2013, and not only has he heard of the show, but he's watched it all the way through and it's now his favorite TV Show of all time.
In the Moulin Rouge! musical review, Oancitizen has a cameo where he loses his cool at the fact that he was denied the chance to sing. Cut to 2013, and he stars in another musical review, this time of Les Misérables.
In his Old vs. New: Batman vs. The Dark Knight, he demonstrates how ridiculous Christian Bale's Batman voice sounds when reading Goodnight, Moon. A couple years later came BatDad.
Watching him make a big deal about the pronunciation of Tao in Warriors of Virtue ("You mean Tao? The word that's spelled like Tao but pronounced like Dao except by people who absolutely know nothing about Chinese? Idiot!") is pretty golden after the constant Take That, Audience! towards people just wanting him to get the Avatar/Korra names right.
While criticizing the English title for Pokemon The First Movie, he compared it to naming the first Lord of the Rings film, Lord of the Rings: Don't Worry, We're Gonna Have a Shit Load of Sequels. At the time, there was only the original three films with only rumors about an adaptation of The Hobbit. Since it was established that The Hobbit would be split into another trilogy, the joke became a lot more accurate.
Ho Yay: Spoony/Critic/Linkara in the Alone In The Dark 2005 review. There's one such moment when Spoony forces Critic's computer voice to say "I like wearing women's clothing" (serving as lulzy foreshadowing to SWS2 where he made Critic dress up like a dirty ballerina) and Linkara looks rather interested.
Hollywood Pudgy: He's a skinny guy, but he's got enough puppy fat to piss people off. Parodied in the Chick/Critic crossover of The Chipmunk Adventure when he mentions his manboobs and lifts up his shirt to reveal a perfectly slim chest.
Hollywood Homely: In the Scooby-Doo review, young!Critic is supposed to look like a stereotypical teenage boy with spots and everything. Except this is Doug in a black t-shirt and for once an actual decent wig, so it comes as more he just needs a rest and those measles will go away.
Mainly because of Doug's delightful obsession with making him look like a pathetic failure most of the time. No matter how many breakdowns, rages and general crap he's gone through, he's strong willed and will always eventually come back fighting.
Doug says that the Critic is "pathetically proud and proudly pathetic".
Showcased in the Baby Geniuses review. He randomly attacks pedestrians for no reason, but we're also hearing his Inner Monologue at the time, and he's seriously in need of a hug.
The Cartoon Allstars commentary adds another element to it: he yells at things because he's desperate and scared, not necessarily because he's "rargh, angry".
Almost calculatingly done in the promo the Game Heroes did. He's kidnapped, tied up, treated badly, manhandled and is terrified to the point of tears. When was this released? The day Kickassia premiered, where the sympathy-inducing bits wouldn't start for a few days yet.
Evilina. She's great at torture, thinks dramatic suicide is funny and has very little empathy, but when Critic is so awful to her that he makes her cry, it's hard not to feel bad.
It Gets Better: The early videos are incredibly slow-paced, he shouts more, the jokes aren't fantastic and the character isn't exactly interesting. But then he starts challenging the Nerd and the quality in everything improves from there.
Jerk Sue: His self-righteous rants towards straw villains like Soulless and TMZ don't really work when he's never called out on bashing actors after being told not to, hitting kids because they're annoying and selling his soul in a worthless deal. All the more irritating as he never got away with anything before he died.
Even Doug thinks the main reason why people watch the Critic is to see him work himself into a tantrum, cry and/or get victimized.
Doug may have learned the hard way that this is not necessarily the case, as his Long Play of "Bart's Nightmare" (featuring him playing the horrible SNES game complete with cursing and palpable frustration) was met with... well, less than widespread approval. Thankfully, the next review, James and the Giant Peach, got it right again with jailtime, meekness and gun-induced Happiness Is Mandatory.
Not only is Santa Christ both Santa and Jesus, he rides a rocket ship (and a Harley!), hangs out with Mr. T, played bass guitar for Aerosmith, and reads stories to sick kids.
He also atoned for all our sins, saved puppies from a fire, goes surfing in space, makes really good fondue, shoots lasers from his eyes, mends your curtains for free, fights monsters for fun and he also likes pancakes.
In the review for End of Days, he shows up and gives the Critic a Sega Genesis. ...or a board game, or another awesome random present! No real reason, he's just that awesome.
Due to Ask That Guy licking his pipe and Doug's love of blowjob jokes, it has become heavy fanon that he's really good at oral. His fellating a joystick in the rematch against Angry Joe didn't exactly help this perception.
The whole "everyone loves seeing him in pain" thing.
Every time he shows off his tenor voice, a girl's ovaries explode.
While humor is always subjective, the point of the LP was that Critic thought it was going to be the easiest thing he ever did and so failed miserably like he does at everything. If he did it perfectly, it would have been out of character.
Confirmed gently as "Critic's an idiot who has no common sense" by Doug in his commentary.
Speaking of the LP, after James and the Giant Peach people wanted even more punishment and apologizing, ignoring that the basic gist of the video was "why is there so much bile for one bad review?".
Also, his show isn't meant to be about a professional critic, it's humor and reaction first and foremost, and thus complaining about the Nostalgia Critic "not being a real critic" misses the point.
Critic said very nicely at the end of the first fuck-ups video that you can criticize his mistakes as much as you like, just don't be a jackass like Douchey (who was a parody of the kind of fans who treated the mistakes like they were inexcusable). So what did fans do? Kept on screaming at him, just tagged the messages with "Douchey Mc Nitpick moment".
Misblamed: After Mara Wilson took the Critic down a peg for bitching about A Simple Wish, fans acted like she had been pissed off at Doug for disliking her movies, when in reality she was angry at the fans harassing her with "lol Critic hates your stuff!"
People who don't like where they came from will blame Rachel and Malcolm for everything (often in sexist and racist language), even though unlike in Demo Reel, they have no input in the scripts and Rachel said they just show up and get told what to do.
And the young!Critic shown in Scooby-Doo fits the bill even more, as he's innocent, has high hopes for the future, stores his cuddly toys proudly on his top shelf and shows traces of his older self's Papa Wolf tendencies.
Evilina, especially when she's in cutesy fangirl mode.
Narm: All the backed-with-sappy-music speeches against straw villains in the reboot. Lampshaded in The Master Of Disguise when he says the movie music's more invested than the actor, and Power Rangers when a monster cuts him off, but the speech in the latter still happens anyway.
Never Live It Down: Doug has admitted to regretting "Bat Credit Card" and the review it came from because having to do the joke constantly does a number on his voice and he felt he could have done better with the episode. But unfortunately it'll be a cold day in hell before Critic/BCC stop getting associated with each other.
No Yay: Critic goes between hitting on That Sci-Fi Guy (wanting to see him naked in Total Recall (1990), invading his personal space in Star Trek month) and treating him like a son who's unable to respect a parent's authority. It could just be to mess him around, but it's a pattern that doesn't happen with anyone else.
Older Than They Think: Because Scooby Doo came out a few days after the Ultima finale and both dealt with some pretty intense issues of self-esteem, some overzealous fans accused Doug of ripping off Spoony. They missed out on the fact that Critic breaking down completely over how bad his life was had been set up since at least My Pet Monster.
Also, by popular demand, the Critic finally reviewed The Movie of his childhood torment, Doug, and boy, did he not like what was in store for him (save for one character and one scene each in the entire film)!
Some fans have accused Doug of bringing back the Nostalgia Critic due to this.
Doug: I have so many people from the Avatar audience are watching me now that I have to mention the show.
Periphery Demographic: Let's be honest, a fair amount of fangirls (and guys) just watch him 'cuz he's cute and suffers in an appealing way, not because they care about what he's reviewing.
The Producer Thinks of Everything: The Nostalgia Critic was officially retired in the last part of To Boldly Flee. For viewers who didn't or chose not to watch the anniversary special, the Scooby Doo review also serves as finale for the character.
Recycled Script: The Pearl Harbor skits were heavily... based on the missing Demo Reel episode of Transformers, but with the sympathy reversed. Donnie was treated as the bad guy for wanting to pander to Transformers fans, and his handsy sexuality is never questioned. Michael Bay is the well-meaning second-coming and there's plenty of Queer People Are Funny. Tacoma and Rebecca refused to go along with sexist and racist portrayals, but Tina A and Dawg are just sexist and racist parodies.
In the video commentaries, Doug will often say that many of the movies reviewed aren't that bad or maybe even watchable and entertaining, it's just that as the Nostalgia Critic, there's little incentive to point out the strengths of the film. His criteria for choosing movies isn't so much based on the quality (or lack thereof), but on what he can target to make an entertaining review, which he outlines in a few videos including a Top 11 "movies he will never review."
Rewatch Bonus: There are a number of character important lines in his reviews that you can miss on the first go.
Seasonal Rot: Some people have this opinion after the series was uncancelled, due to more controversial statements, actions and criticisms people feel are hypocritical when old reviews are taken into consideration, and the fact that his character arc's resolution was undone.
Shallow Parody: Sharknado has a parody of Mythbusters where they act like Kari Bryon is just meant to be the hot chick who makes puns. She actually took out the engine block of the phonebook bulletproof van, cut a tree in half with a Gatling Gun, and certainly does more than the skit lets on.
He's right, stuff that is made for kids needs actual effort, you can't just half-ass it due to the assumption that children are dumb.
The amount of times he's stopped the review to complain about children getting mistreated is far too high to count, but the Close To Home aspect is never forgotten so it never comes off as an Author Filibuster by Doug.
A third is made clear in many different videos: that it's alright to have a different opinion about a movie; there's no need to start a flame war over it.
Special Effect Failure: While it can be argued this happens a lot with his low budget effcts, a glaring example is in the Garbage Pail Kids review towards the end. When the DVD is floating in the air, much of the DVD's edge has green screen residue on it. He admits that he needs practice with software, but he is practicing.
Testosterone Brigade: Now that the gaze has changed from Prime!Critic's and Demo Reel's female to male, if comment sections are any indication, some guys just watch to make creepy come-ons at Rachel and hope her last name is prophetic.
They Wasted A Perfectly Good Character: Brentalfloss in the Les Misérables review. He's undeniably hilarious, but he gets very little screen time, and he doesn't even get to show off his impressive singing due to forcing his voice to resemble Russell Crowe's.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Critic Reloaded reviews of the anniversaries. Instead of being cruel because of amnesia, how cool would it have been - with all his Character Development amassed - for him to react to realizing Chick was trying to kill him in Kickassia when he trusted her so much, or to express guilt over how badly he treated Film Brain?
The Sailor Moon review was also considered a missed opportunity, as Sailor Moon has many occasions that the Critic could've used for comedy, and yet he never bothered, and also decided to forgo research.
Token Minority: Malcolm and Rachel often seem to be there to play the part of a black or female character Doug needs for his review.
"What's With The Princess Hate" tried to be from the usual feminist point of view that Doug used to be so good with, but claiming most women like to be called "girl" while putting up images of Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian, while blaming societal expectation that women shouldn't have power on women who like princessy things, made the message fall flat.
Catwoman had a strong "White male lead outwits the silly women" vibe, with the All Women Are Lustful Catwomen easily distracted and competing against each other, and only Critic (trying so hard to be manly) being able to make them see the answer, not the simpy lisping therapist.
"Why Is Loki So Hot?". Women complained because they felt like they were being condescended to, especially with his assumptions that they like a bad boy because he'll owe them sex if they're nice to him and will be their attack dog, and LGBT fans questioned why he even made the video if all he was going to do was be violently, alienatingly Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?.
The ending of AI, with male crossdressing being worse than affairs, racism or being a hooker to goats, and the insinuation of the directors being gay setting off Critic's Berserk Button. It was probably meant to come off as bashing hypocrisy and their missing the point, but with the straw of the TMZ workers, how cringey the above "sins" were played, and Reboot!Critic's own tendency to make homophobic jokes, as well as attack actors for nothing they can control, it made LGBT fans extremely uncomfortable.
The post un-cancelation reviews seem to be making a habit of unintentionally insulting women. His 'Sailor Moon' review has barely begun when Doug puts his foot squarely in it by implying that any little girl who watched and enjoyed 'Sailor Moon' would never have been interested in something like 'Star Wars', complete with a sketch of Darth Vader voiced by Serena. Any girls who grew up constantly being scolded or ridiculed for liking media 'only meant for boys' most likely gritted their teeth for a moment at that part of the review.
To complicate things in the episode even more, the "You've got boys, and you've got girls! ...Pick one!" comment during the "Sailor Says" parody could easily be construed as being biphobic or transphobic.
Doug's comment when posting an article that respectfully criticized his review for being sexist, which was first 'I loves me some hate!' and then acting like it was just a difference of opinion, didn't help matters either. Nor did calling it "Jail Bait = The Show" at a convention a few weeks later.
The above issues - particularly those relating to the NC's seeming insensitivity around gender roles - have been present in episodes prior to the reboot, as well. Rob and Doug at least apologized for the considered to be worst one - Airborne - saying their point that his passiveness was hypocritical didn't come off too well, and Doug had this to say later.
While the points he made about the Bridge to Terabithia movie overselling whimsy were all well and good, a lot of kids have dark heroic fantasies and healthy imaginations, but he acts like Leslie's make her Ax-Crazy.
In the Sharknado review, the Mythbusters spoof has Kari being treated as merely the "random hot chick" and eventually getting fired when she has a problem with this. Unfortunately, the feminist message falls apart when you realize that Mythbusters very rarely puts much focus on Kari's attractiveness, and a huge part of her appeal is the fact that she's just as capable as anyone else on that show. So, really, the only one who thinks that Kari is only on the show to be a "random hot chick" is Doug himself.
Discussed by Malcolm in a video where he read out racist comments directed at him and expressed worry over whether a black guy playing a devil was sending out a bad message or not.
In the 'Dawn Of The Commercials' review, the Critic outright states that men can't be sexually harassed because they're way too oblivious to women coming on to them, even reinforcing the statement with sketches. Especially weird since being a rape/abuse victim of both genders was a big part of his backstory. In the very same review, he uses a photo of killer Anders Breivik to represent Norway and Norwegian people. He apologized for it a little later on his Facebook, having been unaware who he was.
Again lampshaded by Malcolm in the Man of Steel behind the scenes video, as Doug makes a point to make Rachel act like "the most obnoxious Jewish mother ever" and Malcolm says that's iffy coming from someone part German.
Villain Sue: Played for Laughs. Critic in mostnote some title cards show him wiping out at biking, getting turned into a frog, knocked off a building, etc. of the title cards is hard-lined, psychotic, is willing to belt kids or perform coat-hanger abortions and gets away with everything. The real Critic... doesn't.
Most people who find him attractive wouldn't dream of A) hurting him B) being a creeper C) insulting his fiancée. Trouble is, a few would do all those things and they're the loudest.
It should go without saying that the people who think going on other producer videos to demand Critic's return, plus having the notion that insulting Doug in every possible way will cow him into bringing NC back, are a shamefully loud minority. Most realize his arc is done, enjoy the tributes and the cameos, appreciate his love letter exit and support other projects on the site.
Wangst: Played for laughs when he gets news that a friend of a very distant relative has just died.
Critic: [crying] Feel bad for me!
His complaining and tears in Son of the Mask got less sympathy and more people asking why he came back from the Plot Hole when he was happier there.
In his '08 Halloween Special, he gets a baseball bat instead of his usual weapon, thus allowing Teddy Ruxpin to wake him up with his own gun in his mouth and later kill him.
In the Star Trek III episode, with his complaints about never being listened to, you'd think he would have to started to realize something was wrong when The Sci Fi Guy was being far too nice to him when he was about to die.
What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: In the Sailor Moon review, the Critic goes on a tangent discussing the transformation sequences, interpreting it as something squicky due to its "fanservice", and going into detail about Japanese laws and value differences. This comes out of nowhere and feels he was just reading to far into it. Add the fact the intended demographic of the show (like the young female demographic) didn't take much notice, and the fact he himself admitted they didn't even look 14(and even including her in a earlier list of hot anime girls) and it becomes even more confusing.
Some of the creepierNostalgia Chick fanboys clearly see him as a threat, even going as far to respond to the awkward date with threats of killing him in his sleep. It goes the other way as well.
Doug's wife, Robin, unfortunately gets a lot of hate, and she hasn't even appeared in any videos (that doesn't mean, however, that she's below making a voice-over cameo). The hate has died down somewhat since the Transformers III review, where, courtesy of her, his neck sported a big hickey and scratch marks.