The Nostalgia Critic is a fictional character, created and portrayed by Doug Walker. The Nostalgia Critic reviews films of the past with satirical sarcasm and exaggerated anger. The result is a hilarious and entertaining piece of content, accompanied by valid arguments that support the critic’s claims. Not only is the Nostalgia Critic entertaining, he’s a legitimate and insightful reviewer. I’ve come to view some of my favorite films in an entirely new light after listening to the opinionated, but intellectual views of the Nostalgia Critic.
The Nostalgia Critic is best known for his angry rants, and over-the-top, almost cartoonish special effects. When reviewing a movie, the Nostalgia Critic comes up with a list of jokes that could put most late-night comedians to shame. Regardless of the film being reviewed, the Nostalgia Critic is a reviewer for an adult audience. His show contains adult language and adult content, but nothing seems gratuitous; every joke has its place.
Media and Content
Films, TV shows, and even commercials are potential targets for the Nostalgia Critic. The one stipulation that Walker has put on his Nostalgia Critic character is that the reviews must be nostalgic in nature. Previously, this rule was more subjective and flexible, based on Walker’s own opinions about the nature of nostalgia. More recently, he has opened the door for more reviews by defining any film that is out of theatres as a nostalgic movie. While some people disagree, most fans will be happy to see the Nostalgia Critic reviewing recent films.
In his review of “Super Mario Bros.: The Movie,” The Nostalgia Critic criticizes the movie for being completely inaccurate to the videogame, poorly casted, and completely missing the point. He mentions that even as an excited kid, he knew that the Super Mario Brothers movie didn’t live up to the hype.
For the review of the Ninja Turtles movies, the Nostalgia Critic points out where the movies went right and where they went wrong. He cites the more mature content from the first movie, compared to the next two in the series, and discusses the decrease of production value, and increased silliness over the course of the trilogy.
The Nostalgia Critic is great on his own, but sometimes chooses to do crossovers with other internet personalities. One of my favorite crossovers is when the Nostalgia Critic teams up with a character who reviews mostly horror movies (Phelous) to review the Child’s Play movies.