1) His sarcastic jokes are always delivered while speaking in a slow, whiny, monotone voice. This might be funny a few times, but when it's basically part of your gimmick it quickly becomes annoying. In the beginning The Cinema Snob
had the same problem. Much of his early reviews had him acting like a pissed off prick bitching in the same old whiny voice. In later reviews this persona evolved into an enjoyable snarky reviewer who isn't angry all of the time. Phelous never underwent any evolution like this.
2) Phelous often adds a lot of unfunny filler material, usually involving bathroom comedy (belches, farts,...) or making silly faces. This makes him appear very childish, rather than amusing. Even when his observations have a funny point the jokes still fall flat because there's no variety in intonation, no timing and everything is repeated to the point of overkill!
3) Most of the series and films in his reviews deserve being ridiculed. However, Phelous is doing nothing else besides poking fun at stuff in a very waspish, mean-spirited way. He often sounds just like a playground bully ridiculing other children to avoid being picked upon himself. And in his case this fear would be understandable. Phelous' videos aren't exactly quality entertainment. Indeed, he himself seems to realize this, as you often hear him mocking his own stuff. A typical video consists of him ranting in front of the camera, sometimes adding a bad greenscreen or sound effect. Yes, they are supposed to look fake and stupid, but self-mockery doesn't clear you from the obvious fact that your own stuff is hardly any better...
4) There's hardly anything that sets him apart. He just reviews random stuff, not tied to a specific genre. Phelous has no exclusive persona, unlike the Cinema Snob
, the Angry Video Game Nerd
, Diamanda Hagan
or Todd in the Shadows
, for instance. Also, he just tries to be funny. Yes, you don't have to add any informative research about the videos you review, but if you have nothing else to offer but comedy you may better hope that your stuff is actually funny! Furthermore: his videos lack variation. If you've seen one of them , then you've seen them all. Even the weakest Nostalgia Critic
videos, for example, still have surprises, which make you curious enough to return each week. All these flaws makes Phelous' work instantly forgettable.