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Critic's Corner: Nostalgia Critic

Updated on February 20, 2012

He's the Nostalgia Critic. He remembers it, so you don't have to.

Welcome to another edition of "Critic's Corner." In this recently created hub series, I'll be going over many various film critics out there; while offering some of my thoughts on them. Some ranging from the most popular like Roger Ebert, Peter Travers and etc; to even some of hubpages film writers like "Carl the Critic", "Nickalooch", and so on. For this latest edition, I've decided to review the popular internet celebrity, the Nostalgia Critic.

As some people may know, I've tried to model my critique style after various other film critics ranging anywhere from the likes of Roger Ebert to those found on hubpages everyday. Granted, I NEVER copied anyone, but I tend to notice certain styles that work for them that I admire; thus I tend to emulate part of it to some degree. However, I do recognize flaws within their styles as well, so I try to learn from their mistakes too. Granted, I can't say that my review style is perfect, but I like to believe that being able to "adapt and survive" is a good method to live by. I do apologize if I'm coming off as egotistical or rude, as that's definitely not my intention.

Although there is some debate with me about the Nostalgia Critic, as I honestly don't see him as a real film critic. To me, he comes off as more of a satirical version of what you'd expect a film critic to be. From opening up a forum thread a while back on hubpages, one of the many gripes people claimed about film critics is that they often come off as obnoxious jerks for bashing allegedly good films, while glorifying movies that aren't that great.

If you stop to think about it, the Nostalgia Critic is more of a satirical version of a movie critic than anything else. For one, Doug Walker even admits that the Nostalgia Critic is a character that he created, and admitted once that the character was not based on his true persona. Therefore, it's safe to assume that the Nostalgia Critic is not a reflection of Doug's true personality. This not only allows his followers to defend him to such a degree to where even if you don't agree with his constant ranting and criticism, some will defend him saying he's only playing a character, so he has a good reason to go over the top. Fair enough, but does that mean he's a real film critic then?

Some might argue yes, but lets stop to think about this for a moment. At the end of each of his reviews, there's always the last part where he provides honest criticism to explain why he didn't like the movie. And, he does do actual reviews as himself versus reviewing them as the Nostalgia Critic, on his own website. However, when it comes to his character, the Nostalgia Critic, that's where the fine line needs to be asked.

As I mentioned earlier, he always does real criticism at the end of the review, but for the most part, he shows his viewers an abridged version of the movie he's watched, and pokes fun of the movie at it's own expense. Often showing several clips from said film, and then showing various comedic reaction sequences of himself to said clips. This is done to provide more of an entertainment factor, and not actual criticism of the movie itself. If that were the case, then one could say that "Mystery Science Theater 3000" was a critic show if we go by that same logic.

Plus, Doug even admits that he mainly reviews movies, as the Nostalgia Critic, to poke fun of them exclusively. Hell, he even uses movies that he likes such as "Commando" and "Hook" to make fun of, so that should tell everyone that he mainly reviews movies for entertainment value more so than actual criticism. Again, this is where the debate lies with me. In my mind, a film critic is a person that informs his/her audience whether or not a movie is bad, while featuring solid arguments behind their rationality. Granted, you don't have to agree with the film critic, but if they do bash a movie, then it's often because there's some reasons behind it.

The Nostalgia Critic tends to take films that we already know are infamously bad movies like "Batman & Robin", "Street Fighter" and etc, and bashes them while acting like a ranting fanatic; similar to the perception that many people said in the forum that I asked a while back, to how they felt about film critics in general. This leads me to believe that the Nostalgia Critic is more based on the ideal that he's a satirical parody version of what people think a film critic actually is, but he's not a real movie critic. Don't get me wrong, he does provide honest criticism at the end of his videos, and for that brief moment at the end of said videos, he's acting like a real film critic. But for most of the video, he's mainly acting like a satirical version of one.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking Doug Walker aka Nostalgia Critic for how he reviews movies, as I love all his reviews. Seriously, I make it a point to watch all his videos, as often as I could. Sure, like other film critics, I don't always see eye to eye with the Nostalgia Critic on certain movies, but I always love hearing his reviews anyway, as I always find myself laughing regardless.

In the end, I think the Nostalgia Critic is a very funny individual, and I love how Doug portrays the character, as I always find myself in stitches over what he says; even when I don't agree with him. However, I'd probably give the Nostalgia Critic a three out of four. He's definitely very funny, and I think anyone that watches his reviews will get a good laugh. As for what I've taken from him, I can't say that there's anything that I could learn from his review style, as he's more of a satire parody version of a film critic, but I do love his humor, so I do try to emulate that aspect into my reviews.

Warning: This Video Contains Adult Language, cartoon like violence, and Images of the middle finger. Parental Discretion is Advised


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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago


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      A B Duncan 5 years ago from Somewhere on the Stage

      Fair enough

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      Well everyone has their own opinion, and you could have a point there. However, what I was trying to get at in this review of him is that the opinions of the Nostalgia Critic is NOT a reflection of his actual opinions on films, as he even said that he only makes reviews for joke purposes. However, he's still fun to watch, and I'm always amazed how well diverse he can pull off all his characters on his site. Anyway, thanks for sharing some of your insightful thoughts with us. :)

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      A B Duncan 5 years ago from Somewhere on the Stage

      I find it fascinating that you think the Nostalgia Critic is not a reflection of Doug Walker's character. Certainly I do not think that is who he is, but I would definitely say that the Nostalgia Critic is a character born out of Doug's character, a caricature and exaggeration of certain qualities. As a writer and an actor, I know that my personality is constantly be reflected in the characters that I create in my stories or that I play on the stage. I do not doubt that Nostalgia Critic is the same, a manifestation of certain aspect of Doug Walker, if perhaps not him in his entirety (if you know what I mean).

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Thanks Cogerson. I'm glad you think so. I was trying to mix it up for this latest edition. Hopefully, you'll enjoy watching him as much as I do, as he's pretty funny.

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Nice addition to the Critic's corner. I will be checking out his work in the near future. Voted up and interesting.