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- The loading screen that happens when Critic is about to review the film.
- The Critic rhetorically asks if the movie paid off:
- His reaction to Max's Skyward Scream:Critic:...That was adorable.
- The Framing Device that satirizes the movie? Due to moving to a new studio and its size, Malcolm got lost and Critic and Tamara have to find him. With guns. By the end of the review, it turns out Malcolm didn't get lost at all, he just hasn't returned from his vacation yet. Also he's been kidnapped, had his fingers cut off, his toes cut off, his nostrils cut off, his testicles cut off, and on the verge of being given a third testicle so he can have three testicles to cut off.
- While looking for Malcolm in the studio, Critic and Tamara find Devil Boner, who says he might know something about it, and it looks like they are about to fight him to get the information out of him. Cue Gilligan Cut of them just talking with him and him casually telling them everything.
- When asked if he is going to change the color of the new wall, Critic goes into a long speech about how change can be good and behind him is Barney with a bucket of paint and a paint roller.
- The episode opens on a scene parodying a scene from the original RoboCop film, from "RoboCop"'s point of view, where the Nostalgia Critic, Tamara and Chart Guy!Rob start putting it into action with certain things such as a demotion from an R rating to PG-13, Samuel L. Jackson only having a minor role, and producing new ideas before going nowhere with them. The end result of how it looks is basically RoboCop with his face replaced with a poster for the 2014 reboot. Critic assures it that it'll be a money-making machine, and after a celebration, says they will never forget about it - this is followed up with a brief time-skip where the Critic and Tamara had completely forgotten it was even standing there.
- When they shelve Jackson to a 'cameo' and Tamara says RoboCop will be portrayed by 'the boring guy from Suicide Squad', Critic and the Chart Guy ask "Which one?"
- Then there's The Reveal at the end where it turns out that "RoboCop" is Malcolm, after having been mailed back to the studio in pieces following what he endured in the Max Payne review.
- Critic is left utterly confused when the MGM Lion's roar is replaced with the odd sounds of Samuel L. Jackson's Pat Novak doing vocal warm-ups before going live. "What the fuck was that?!" A better fitting Jackson quote for the start of the film: "Ya'll oughta be shamed of your god-damned selves! Fuck you!"
- A Running Gag in the review involves alternate "Robo___" names fitting somewhat to the subject of the joke being made, all having a tagline starting with "This Time..."
- Critic mentions how "surprising and effective" the scene of Murphy being blown up would've been if there wasn't a scene of the bomb being planted earlier. He compares it to The Sixth Sense starting with:Cole Sear: "Hi, dead-head!"Malcolm Crowe: "WHAT THE FU—!?"
- The Critic notes the odd music choice in the combat training scene, which includes some yodeling.note
- "You look like the Mega Man version of Get Out".
- A brief Actor Allusion when Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman's characters meet up in one scene of the movie: "Commissioner Gordon." "Batman."
- (singsong) "SilverHawks."
- Critic is left enraged when Novak drops the F-Bomb and it's bleeped, considering it a ruining of the film's one opportunity in its PG-13 rating for an uncensored 'F-Bomb'.
- As he's filming this with a big window behind him and the lighting clearly changes, the obvious Throw It In! line of Doug/Critic complaining that the sun isn't a cooperative actor.
The Black Cauldron
- Critic is slowly driven insane by Gurgi.Critic: Gurgi is if the Shaggy Dog's ass farted Jar Jar Binks' voice, no matter how often you asked him to stop. [...] Someone was like, "I bet you can't trick Disney animators into drawing Wilford Brimley's armpit hair on the Pokémon doll of Mark Twain with the death rattle of Donald Duck." And some sadist bastard was like, "WATCH ME!!"
- The Critic having difficulty pronouncing the main characters' names and asking if there's someone named Bob in the movie.Critc: (about Dallben) Look, there's Heirekapwapwa! (about the Horned King) There's Gogobegill of Shapetypfepfe! (about Gurgi) Behold, Obnoxity of Shutup! Your names all sound like preservatives!
- Then when the Critic sees Fflewddur Fflam, he has such difficulty with this character's name that he decides to just call him "Pickles" instead.
- The presence of the fat gypsy woman entertaining The Horned King's minions just makes the Critic think of a funnier version of Hellfire.Critic!Frollo: ♪ I feel her / I see her / The sun caught in her raven hair / Don't shame me, it's my thing / I just love her rolls! ♪
- The Critic thinks that the Horned King's voice, provided by John Hurt, is supposed to sound threatening, but just sounds too funny to be so when using certain words, like "pig".Critic: I just keep expecting him to see him in Babe, like (as the Horned King) "That'll do, pig. That'll do. Now die."
The Country Bears
- Critic joking about a Behind the Music documentary of the bears.
- Critic says one of the song scenes looks like what Shelley Duvall saw in the bear scene in The Shining.
- Critic pulling off the ultimate Look Behind You on Malcolm, Tamara and Jim.Critic: Look, I'm getting away.Tamara: After him!
- And the overall Running Gag of Tamara and the two "doctors" being convinced that Critic was insane because he unironically enjoyed a movie as bad as The Country Bears. Tamara gets the tables turned on her at the end when she mentions that The Neverending Story bored her.
- After a Gilligan Cut occurs during the film:Critic: I wanted to do one of those funny things, like you ever watch F-Troop and Agarn's like "There's no way I'm wearing that dress" and Forrest Tucker's like, "You're wearing that dress" and Agarn's like "No way, no how, there's NO way I'm wearing that dress" and then they went 'blblblblbl' and Agarn's wearing a dress.Agarn: Yoohoo~!
- The review opens with Critic addressing the movie's infamous Broken Base, with two characters (both played by him) representing each side of the fanbase. He then promptly dismisses then, arguing he doesn't even know anything about the fans of these movies and just wants to give his own opinion. The two characters immediately call him out for going through the effort of getting new clothes and playing three roles at once just for a cheap Running Gag.
- Critic interpreting the dark-looking rabbit in the movie as the DCEU version of Bugs Bunny.
X-Men: The Animated Series
- As a parody of the original X-Men animated series opening, the X-Month intro is a lot to watch. The Critic represents Cyclops, Santa Christ represents Wolverine, Hyper Fangirl represents Rogue, Aiyanna represents Storm (with a jetpack instead of thunder and rain), the Devil represents Beast, Walter represents Gambit, Heather represents Jubilee, Jim represents Jean Grey, the Cinema Snob represents Professor X, and Bill, Rita Repulsa, Devil Boner, Jim, Dinosaur Rob, and M. Night Shyamalan are on Magneto's side, with Chester A. Bum, Evilina, Barney and a werewolf man representing the running humans. And representing Magneto is...who else?
- Critic's announcement that he's going to talk about the X-Men cartoon immediately draws audience groans.Critic: Let's talk about the X-Men cartoon—
[audience groans are heard]
Critic: [non-pausing over the groans] I know I talked about it a lot.
- Critic then acknowledges that much has already been said about the animated series, but that he has a new addition to make.Critic: But that's why this time I have a little surprise. [changes his hat for one that says "Previously on X-Men"] This "Previously on X-Men" hat that goes magnificently with my outfit—
[audience groans again]
Critic: [again non-pausing over the groans] —And the developers of X-Men!
Critic: Yeah, shouldn't have dissed the hat!
- Critic thanks the developers, Julia and Eric Lewald "for coming to celebrate it and not just to sell something"... while the Lewalds are surrounded by copies of their book about the making of the show Previously on X-Men. They then proceed to sheepishly hide them.
- The Lewalds mention how there was a previous attempt to adapt the X-Men to television, Pryde of the X-Men, which featured a Wolverine with an over-the-top Australian accent. They explain that higher-ups saw the popularity of Crocodile Dundee and decided to make Wolverine Australian after it, which makes Critic come up to some odd conclusions:
- Critic and the Lewalds at one point discuss that even Stan Lee was among the ones who didn't get the show's more adult tone, saying that he wanted to do a live-action introduction with himself in every episode and discuss what the lesson learned was at the end. Critic is absolutely baffled at this.Critic: Because it worked so well in Hammerman...?
- After discussing how the X-Men started as a group of American teenagers before becoming more mature and worldly Eric, and how Lee wasn't involved with the X-Men since 1963, Eric compares Lee's approach as them having a garage band and Lee "telling us how great Pat Boone records were."
- When it's time to go to the break, Critic decides to do it "the X-Men way". Then it segues to the Fox Kids Network's Action Theater bumper instead of the Nostalgia Critic'sCritic: Character in trouble!
[shows Storm being hit by a laser]
- What happens during the break is also hysterical: While leaving the set, Doug is visited by Death itself... only for Doug to discover that Death has a high-pitched voice. And then Doug uses the fact that Death has visited him to segue into the episode's sponsor, an online insurance sale company, completely ignoring Death.Death: I am the Grim Reaper!
Doug: [about to laugh] Is that your real voice?
Death: Yes it is! Dammit, this only happens to me! Because I have this voice, nobody can ever take me seriously! Gawd!
Doug: Well, that's a shame, because death really should be taken seriously. [looking at the camera] Like PolicyGenius takes it seriosly.
Death: Wait, am I so not threatening you're actually doing a sponsorship while I'm here?
Doug: Life insurance is one of those topics that everybody...
Death: Oh my God, is this really going on?!
Death: [after Critic states that the site helps him understand insurance prices] Better than how you undersand the end of your life?!
Doug: Doesn't he sound like that dog from Up?
Death: What is wrong with you?! You jerk!
Death: Can I kill you now?
Doug: No. [goes back to his set]
Death: GOD, I REALLY SUCK AT THIS!!!
- When the Lewalds mention "Beauty and the Beast" (the episode in which Beast finds love) as one of their favorite episodes, Critic says that it's definitely better than the versions of "Beauty and the Beast" than Disney is turning out recently, while showing the posters of the Direct-to-Video sequels and the live-action remake.
- When the Lewalds also note Wolverine and Storm's romance in the alternate universe of the "One Man's Worth" two-parter, with Julia in particular being passionate about it.Critic: Awww, even the creators are shippers.
Jubilee (from a clip of the show): Get a life.
- At the end of the episode, Critic states that for March, he's gonna do... Ted Healy Month (after the early supporting castmember of The Three Stooges), but then the Lewalds suggest that he do a month about the X-Men instead. When Critic expresses his doubts about it, the Lewalds start doing chicken taunts.Critic: You know what, fine! Ted Healy's state is gonna be very disappointed-slash-relieved, but you know what, let's do it! Next month it's X-Month!
- The Framing Device that satirizes the movie, Aunt Despair and Uncle Lies's nephew.
- At first, the kid spends the first minute or so of the review completely focused on his phone, not caring for anything else, but when Critic mentions that he's gonna watch the first X-Men film while he's on his phone, its mention peaks the nephew's interest since he loves the modern Marvel Comics films. The kid's interest takes a gradual fall as more and more of the film goes on and he finds more things to complain about in regards to what is changed in the film - like the depiction of Rogue and the treatment of the Wolverine v. Sabertooth feud.
- At one point NC tells the kid he's going to miss the awesome romance they gave Rogue, and Malcolm assumes Gambit. Critic's awkward shifting "mmf" in response is hilarious, even if you feel a slight bit bad for Critic's awkwardness in trying to keep the kid interested in the film.
- The ending of the episode reveals that the aunt and uncle's kid isn't actually their nephew, but is actually Mr. T's son, and it seems like they intentionally passed the kid off to the Critic so that they could pin him as a supposed kidnapper and watch him suffer at the hands of a Mr. T ass-kicking.
- "You fowgot my shiewded magic hewmet!"
X2: X-Men United
- During the scene of Stryker pulling the While You Were in Diapers trope on Senator Kelly, Critic points out the actors are exactly the same age.*
- Critic being increasingly baffled by how little security Xavier's school has to protect the students despite his boast of the contrary.
- When Wolverine uses his claw as a key to somehow start up a car, Critic wonders how it works. Cue him imagining Wolverine going through various sets of claws until he gets a car key.
- Wolverine seemingly dies from a bullet in the head in the middle of the movie. Cue Critic giving a look at all the following movies featuring Wolverine on the poster or as the main star:Critic: ...Yeah, I think he is fine.
- When Stryker insists Wolverine would be disgusted by himself if he still had his memory, Critic thinks he's talking about how inaccurately all the characters were treated in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Doug's crazytown commercials are always really funny, but in his commercial for Audible; the part where he's trying and failing to both put on his Critic outfit and read at the same time, the brief pause and complete changing of the subject after he says they offer an audio fitness plan, and the end where he lampshades how weird he's been.Doug: ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS IS- You know I don't wanna give the wrong impression this is actually a really good book, you should- you should check it out. Go to Audible it's good, get Audible a-and check this book out, it's a classic. [beat] I don't know what I'm doing.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- When the film's In Name Only Deadpool shows up, Doug, keeping it canon, proceeds to show the clip of the real Deadpool killing him in Deadpool 2 and, thinking how awesome it would be if every copy of this film made afterwards would end the film with that scene, he asks Ryan Reynolds to get on that.
- This episode's sponsor was Devil May Cry 5 and the ad this time around is a fairly unenthusiastic sounding Doug shilling the game before devolving into him insisting that the game is actually pretty awesome and calls the audience sick, with Devil May Cry 5 being the cure to their sickness. Doug includes actual quotes from various reviews, including his cat, who said about the game, "Meow."
- Special Guest Greg Sestero as Tommy Wiseau.
- After the conclusion of Part 1, the Critic wants to talk to Wiseau. First is Malcolm!Wiseau, followed by Tamara!Wiseau - then Greg!Wiseau asks him about his sex life, prompting a Spit Take from the Critic despite not having taken a drink.
- Rick Edwards is apparently so awesome that he can spontaneously decide to cause a Rapture of people who doesn't think he's awesome. Among the survivors are the Critic and Jim Jarosz.Jim: Huh, thank god I'm a Rick Edwards fan.
Tom & Jerry & the Wizard of Oz
- The running joke with the horse during the 'Over The Rainbow' musical number, staring suggestively towards Dorothy.
- The Critic asking why Droopy isn't playing Toto followed by the depressed canine's face plastered on Toto saying "pip pip". When Droopy does eventually make an appearance later on in the film, Critic again brings up the missed opportunity.
- Upon mentioning how oddly flat the flowers look in one scene, Critic ends up considering the possibility of Paper Mario land fertilizer.
- He does cop to the skywriting scene as being Actually Pretty Funny, as "And Tom & Jerry" was as much an afterthought In-Universe as outside it.
- The Critic is genuinely surprised that the detail of the Scarecrow bringing a gun (aka 'packing heat' as he says) in the journey to the Wicked Witch's castle was kept in this rendition.
- Glinda returning with FUCKING BUBBLES.
- The Critic saying that Dorothy and Glinda look like Peter Lorre caricatures in drag, and proceeds to mimic Lorre using Dorothy & Glinda's dialogue.
- The "First Viewing" brought Barney back to watch it - surprisingly, all three of them genuinely enjoyed it, largely because the slapstick was as good as the classic shorts. They wonder why Dorothy actually looks older in the cartoon than she was in the original, with Rob commenting on the similarities to Cuphead while Doug is reminded of Red from the old Tex Avery shorts.
- When refering to EB as "The Thumper equivalent of Quack Pack", he has to chastise Disney out of the idea.Mickey Mouse: Ha-ha! I'm still gonna make it!
- Throughout the video, EB's dialogue is replaced by some of Russell Brand's profane speeches.
- The critic notices that the bunnies in the movie kinda look like Judy Hopps and starts wondering if this is a prequel to Zootopia.
- The Critic talks about how the movie was made. It shows the original book the movie was based on being inserted into a bizarre depiction of The '90snote and emerging out as the film.
- The Running Gag where the Critic actively tries to avoid making fun of Jonathan Lipnicki's (George Little's actor) cutesy acting due to discovering that he grew up to be a bodybuilder◊. So he resorts to making fun of the Olsen twins instead. Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize this is the lesson the Critic learned with Mara Wilson.George Little [in a particularly awful line read]: That's not a mouse, that's my brother!
Critic [clearly terrified]: He has an eight-pack, man.
- This exchange from the Critic when the extended Little family gives Stuart gifts clearly not intended for mice for his birthday:Critic: I got Billy a skateboard!
Critic (as Mrs. Little): Oh, I forgot to tell you, Billy's in a wheelchair.
Critic: Oh. Oh, well, I got Cindy a hairbrush!
Critic (as Mrs. Little): Oh, I forgot to tell you, Cindy has no head.
Critic: Oh. Well, uh, I got Johnny some sneakers!
Critic (as Mrs. Little): Johnny's a bear.
Critic: Where'd you find this orphanage?!
- The Critic bringing up how the bully in this movie is Dr. Evil as an eight-year-old and that he didn't know he wanted a series about that.
- The Critic saying that if he were a thug in Batman (1989), he would be more scared of the evil cat than Michael Keaton.
- The Call-Back to the "family-friendly" Running Gag from the previous review.Hop! Oh, wait, wrong movie. Still what...what're we doing here? Hop.
- Critic dropping the Grumpy Old Man act when Walter reminds him that he's just before the millennial cut off date and isn't that old.
- While Heather talks about Sailor Moon, Tamara gets pedantic and interjects that the moon isn't a planet.Heather to Tamara: You're a moon!
- Critic getting excited over Johnny Quest, and when everyone side-eyes the enthusiasm, he gets embarrassed and pouty and just wants to talk about something he knows.
- Walter's Death Glares at Critic for not getting Hamtaro continue throughout the episode, and all four act like it's Serious Business.
- Critic casually trying to remember Dragon Ball Z's name, while the others are fighting each other for the right to talk about it, including Kamehamehas.
Balto II: Wolf Quest
- The Running Gag of Balto being a Deadbeat Dad who considers constantly taking naps more important than raising his kids.Critic: So Balto has flashbacks to all the moments of [his daughter] growing up. That's right: Both of them. He was asleep for the rest.
- This time in the ad, someone has hacked Doug's gmail and sent a bunch of mails calling all the people he know a foot. He doesn't even like feet!Doug: I mean, if they took me out on a date or something, I mean maybe, I'd get to know them...
- The ending:Phone: Wonderful, do you think we should end on a joke?
- He's rather put off by the overly-sexy voice of the vixen that Balto frees.
- When one of the wolves tries to push whatsherface of the rock with the back of his paw, Critic points out how wonderfully demeaning it is to do that.Wolf Critic: You have the luxury of smelling my lotion as I push you of!
Aleu: Oh, is that cucumber mint?
Wolf Critic: It is!
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
- The Critic wonders whether Spirits Within not being a Box Office Bomb would have led to Aki Ross appearing in other films, like The Incredibles, The Polar Express, or even Bad Santa or The Cat in the Hat. Soon after, he dismissed the idea as "silly", comparing it to Gollum as a Ninja Turtle, Shrek appearing on Superman's upper lip, Governor Tarkin as Jar Jar Binks, or Thanos as Sonic the Hedgehog.
- The entirety of "WHERE IS THE PROOF?!" joke.
- "As a Final Fantasy movie, it blows, but as a Ghostbusters reboot, it has promise..."
- After noting how the male lead character has a resemblance to Archer, some of the latter's lines are edited into scene with the former.Archer!Gray: (after aki is shot by one of the soldiers) Oh my God! You killed a hooker!
Mary Poppins Returns
- Upon realising one of the children is named "Georgie", Critic replaces Mary Poppins with Pennywise gliding down on a bunch of balloons.
- During the finale, the rather enthusiastic way Reboot!Mary Poppins reacts to Maleficent's cursed spinning wheel.
- Doug's commercial this time is for Experian Boost, with a pirate on the phone telling him about it. A couple of times he'll get out of Large Ham for some Leaning on the Fourth Wall.Doug: This phone's not even on...Doug: [with :/ face] Oh my god a camera's watching me.
Barney's Great Adventure
- Critic's opening line states there are two types of Barneys: the first is an obnoxious dinosaur nobody likes to listen to and the other is purple. Cue him going up to his father, who is also named Barney, and roasting him.
- The Critic talks about Barney's Periphery Hatedom and mentions how such a hatedom never arose for Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and Super Why!, but then a picture of Caillou is shown, so the last example he lists instead is WordGirl.
- As the movie begins, the Critic hears Barney, Baby Bop, and BJ talking over a black screen. He then questions if Barney kidnapped him and this is the point of view from his blindfold.Critic (as Barney): Oh, boy! We're gonna make so much money ransoming off your body parts! Let's count how many toes you have left! One... that was fun! (laughs)
- The Critic points out that Cody is played by Trevor Morgan, who was also Erik in Jurassic Park III, the film that actually had Barney in it.Dr. Grant: This is T-Rex pee. How'd you get it?
Erik: You don't want to know.
Critic (holding up Barney's Great Adventure's DVD case): Ah, so that's the Barney golden shower song I've heard so much about.
- Five minutes into the film, the Critic calls Cody his favorite character, and wants him and Linus from The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl to be insult comics at toddlers' birthday parties.
- Throughout the video, the Critic is having Barney say various threats to the children."You diss me, I kill you, all you know about Hell is true..."
- When Barney is shoving and pushing a reluctant Cody around in a wheelbarrow in the imagination musical number:Critic (as Barney): Take that you little punk! I'll show you what happens to those who leave my cult! Now where's my impaling pitchfork?
- The Critic shows a bunch of characters when talking about how teeth can make characters menacing. He shows a picture of himself and says "just look at this asshole!"
- After comparing Barney's lack of emotions to characters with more emotions, like Mister Rogers, the Critic wonders what Barney would be like if he talked about assassination, all the while keeping his happy demeanor.Critic (as Barney): Hey, kids! What does "assassination" mean? Is that when someone gets killed in a surprise way? That's what happened, you know. That man killed that other man!
- I CAN'T SEE SHIT! PUSH ME TOWARD SOMETHING SOFT BEFORE I BREAK MY FRIGGIN' SPINE! (CRASH) MY FRIGGIN' SPINE!
- Two of the Critic's jokes bring to mind two real life controversies Barney faced. The first involving how the show was being sued for its use of a song and the second being the fact that Barney's original actor now runs a tantric sex business.
- This exchange during Baby Bop's first scene in the movie:Critic: They go to ask the grandparents if they know what it is and... (Baby Bop walks in) Oh, god! He procreates!
Baby Bop: Oh! Oh, hello! My name is Baby Bop!
Critic (As Baby Bop): I'm shedding, as you can see from this green falling off me! Fools, this isn't even my final form!
- He sees one of the character's names is BJ and says that he's "gonna have a lot of fun in school".
- This line when Barney searches the Chez Snobbe restaurant for the Dreammaker's egg:Critic (as Maitre D'): We have a strict "No Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Mascots in this establishment".
- The Critic mentions that the Maitre D's face looks like he discovered that singing dancing purple dinosaurs are his fetish.
- The Critic makes the Bait-and-Switch Comparison joke again with his father, but this time, Barney Walker delivers a Groin Attack to the Critic causing him to fall on the ground.Barney: He's the Nostalgia Critic. And he's gonna remember that.
- Doug's commercial for Hello Fresh is essentially him over the top horny (and making sounds) for the service. Extra funny considering the babyish movie he's reviewing.