Nostalgia Critic (season 11)

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Nostalgia Critic (2018)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes49
Original networkChannel Awesome[1][2][3]
Original releaseJanuary 2 (2018-01-02) –
December 25, 2018 (2018-12-25)
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The eleventh season of Nostalgia Critic began on January 2, 2018 with Doug Walker's review of Mars Attacks!. All of NC's reviews can be found on the website Channel Awesome and on his YouTube channel.[4][5][6] The month of March was dedicated to reviewing live-action remakes of classic Walt Disney Company animated films, such as Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book. The only exception is instead of Alice in Wonderland, which Walker has already reviewed, he reviewed its sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass. On January 16, 2018, Doug Walker listed the top 11 Adam Sandler movies. On March 29, 2018, he participated in a crossover with PhantomStrider, where they listed the top 10 creepiest animated movies.[7] On July 3, 2018, Doug Walker aired his only editorial of the season, where he analyzed the evolution of The Purge film series. On December 1, 2018, NC continued his DisneyCember tradition where he gives a mini-review (5–10 minutes) of a Disney-owned film every day of December. In chronological order, (1-31), he reviewed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Cars 3, Captain America: Civil War, Lemonade Mouth, Coco, The BFG, Zootopia, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Color of Friendship, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Finding Dory, Recess: School's Out, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Moana, Incredibles 2, Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Tigger Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Phantom of the Megaplex, Teacher's Pet, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Thor: Ragnarok, Planes, Frankenweenie, Don't Look Under the Bed, Pete's Dragon, and Avengers: Infinity War. The eleventh season of Nostalgia Critic ended on Christmas Day 2018 with Doug Walker's review of Elf Bowling the Movie.


No. in series Title Performed by Written by Directed by Release date
363"Mars Attacks!"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerJanuary 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)
The Critic begins his 11th season with a review of Mars Attacks! (1996). While praising the opening scene, a few moments of comedy, and Danny Elfman's score, he considers this film a wasted opportunity for a director like Tim Burton, criticizing the humor being unfunny or not being fully developed, the Martians' repetitive way of speaking, and the ending ripping off Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Special criticism is reserved for the film having a well-known cast and making them all either boring characters or characters prone to getting killed off too quickly. In the end, he considers the film not bad, just completely odd.
364"Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers,
Jim Jarosz, Chris Stuckmann (voice cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJanuary 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)

The Critic reviews Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Despite the infamous reception most video game movies tend to get, the Critic states he actually enjoyed this one for what it is: a loud, mindless, but enjoyable action flick. He praises the action scenes, the character of Lara Croft being an unstoppable thrill-seeker, Angelina Jolie's performance, and the dynamic between Lara and the film's villain Powell, but criticizes it for the final act not making any sense and makes fun of Daniel Craig's American accent used to play Alex.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Daniel Craig as Alex West: "Lara, no! The place is coming down!"
365"Yogi Bear"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJanuary 30, 2018 (2018-01-30)

The Critic reviews Yogi Bear (2010). While he states it is inoffensive and harmless, and does praise the short running time, Justin Timberlake's performance as Boo-Boo, finds Tom Cavanagh's "dead inside" reactions as Ranger Smith entertaining, and compliments one funny line, he deems the film to be mediocre to be considered even good, criticizing Dan Aykroyd's performance as Yogi Bear, Anna Faris's generic role, the villain's plans not fitting with the tone of a kids' film, and the humor being unfunny and unoriginal. Special criticism is reserved for a scene where Yogi Bear has an out-of-nowhere vision involving himself finding a giant donut in outer space in a parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as a poor use of the Wilhelm scream.

First Viewing:

Channel Awesome Tagline: Dan Aykroyd as Yogi Bear: "Urinate on her to mark her as your territory."
366"Horton Hears a Who"Doug Walker
Malcolm Ray (cameo)
Doug WalkerDoug WalkerFebruary 6, 2018 (2018-02-06)
The Critic reviews Horton Hears a Who (2008). Having reviewed all of the other Dr. Seuss film adaptations, including The Grinch, The Cat in the Hat, and The Lorax, he finds this film to be the best, or least bad, of the Seuss movies. He praises the animation, a scene that pays tribute to Seuss' original book style, and finds several scenes or moments funny (like a scene where Horton mentions a recurring cliche), but criticizes Seth Rogen's performance as Morton the mouse, various bizarre scenes designed to entertain more than one demographic, the character of Katie the yak whom he finds creepy, and an out-of-character moment between the Sour Kangaroo and Vlad the vulture. Special criticism is reserved for the film's out-of-nowhere anime sequence.
367"Batman Forever"Doug Walker, Brian Henz, Malcolm Ray
Tamara Chambers, Jim Jarosz
Doug Walker, Rob Walker & Brian HenzDoug WalkerFebruary 13, 2018 (2018-02-13)

The Critic, along with the Last Angry Geek, reviews Batman Forever (1995). While they praise the visual style, find the Riddler's plan of using the Box interesting (though they criticize the device being shaped like a cone instead of a box), and note that it is not as bad as Batman & Robin, they criticize Tommy Lee Jones' over-the-top performance as Two-Face, and the film's overall campy and over-the-top nature compared to the previous Batman movie. Special criticism is reserved for the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Dr. Chase Meridian, which they find creepy and unmemorable.

First Viewing:

Channel Awesome Tagline: Elizabeth Sanders as Gossip Gerty: "Gotham must know! Oh!"
368"Freakazoid!"Doug Walker
Paul Rugg & Tom Ruegger (special appearances)
Doug WalkerDoug WalkerFebruary 20, 2018 (2018-02-20)

The Critic takes a special look back on Freakazoid! (1995-1997), along with two special guests, the show's creator Tom Ruegger and the show's lead voice actor Paul Rugg.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Paul Rugg as Freakzoid: "You could be married and still eat a lot of meat."
Ed Asner as Cosgrove: "I didn't know that."
369"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerFebruary 27, 2018 (2018-02-27)

While celebrating the wedding of Devil Boner and Hyper Fangirl, the Critic reviews Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011). He calls it no better or worse than any of the previous Chipmunk movies, panning the underdeveloped story and premise, the pun-based title, the soundtrack, and the film's rushed nature (such as introducing Zoe as a villain in the second and third halves of the film), though he once again praises David Cross's performance as Ian Hawke as with the first film, noting that he is the only thing in these movies that can legitimately make him smile. Special criticism is reserved for the sideplot involving Simon getting bitten by a spider and transforming into a French adventurer called Simone, which he fails to find funny or what it is referencing.

First Viewing:

Channel Awesome Tagline: David Cross as Ian Hawke: "Hate, anger, regret. Those aren't just members of a girl group I once signed."
370"Maleficent"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerMarch 6, 2018 (2018-03-06)

The Critic begins "Disney Live-Action Remake Month" by reviewing Maleficent (2014). Though he does compliment Angelina Jolie's performance as Maleficent, and praises the opening battle scene in the Moors and the visual effects (though admits that many of the effects look pretty fake), he finds the film to be an insult to one of Disney's greatest villains, as well as a huge undeserving change to one of Disney's classic stories, criticizing the idea of making Maleficent good, Sharlto Copley's performance, and the film's message and ending ripping off Wicked and Frozen. Special criticism is reserved for the film's version of the three good fairies all portrayed as bumbling, dumb old ladies compared to the original's well-meaning and kind-hearted three fairies.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Sam Riley as Divial: "Divial."
371"Alice Through the Looking Glass"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMarch 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)

The Critic continues "Disney Live-Action Remake Month" by reviewing Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016). While praising the visual style (even finding it better than the visuals in the first film), the scenes of the chess board and the tea party for having the whimsical elements of the original book, the character of Time, and Mia Wasikowska's slightly better performance as Alice, he criticizes the Mad Hatter's storyline and characterization, as well as Johnny Depp's performance, Alice's decisions, the whole conflict being revealed as an argument between the Red Queen and the White Queen when they were children, an out-of-nowhere scene involving Alice escaping from a mental ward, and the whole premise of making the Mad Hatter happy again leading to a huge "saving the world" scenario. Special criticism is reserved for the film's message of how you cannot change the past, which he finds hypocritical, causing him to believe that every character in the film is at fault. The Critic overall states that while the film is bad, this film is better than the first, at it at least tapped into certain elements of the original book while the first film had virtually no elements of the book at all (apart from the look).

First Viewing:

Channel Awesome Tagline: Louis Ashbourne Serkis as a young Tarrant Hightopp: "You have a very nice head."
372"The Jungle Book (2016)"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerMarch 20, 2018 (2018-03-20)

The Critic continues "Disney Live-Action Remake Month" by reviewing The Jungle Book (2016). While he praises the impressive visual effects, some great voice acting, and compliments some nice scenes, he fails to understand why the film got such high praise as it did and finds it a terrible combination of both the original book and the animated movie, heavily criticizing the characters, the motives of Shere Khan, and both the beginning and ending of the film. Special criticism is reserved for the scenes where Baloo lies to Mowgli about the man-village which the Critic considers lazy storytelling, the musical number with King Louie, and the ending where Mowgli stays in the jungle instead of returning to the man-village like in the original story. In the end, he demands that Disney do a more authentic version of the book, only to see several clips of the 1994 live-action version which was directed by the same director of The Mummy movies, to which he recants and immediately considers the 2016 film better than that one.

Note: Doug included the remake in his 2019 Disneycember, where he tries to see it in a different light, despite thinking it was a bad adaptation of the book. However, he still praises some elements and admits that he sees why people do love it to an extent.
373"Beauty and the Beast (2017)"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMarch 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)

The Critic finishes off "Disney Live-Action Remake Month" by reviewing Beauty and the Beast (2017). While stating and understanding that many audiences and several fans of the original might enjoy this film, the Critic states he's really not one of them, nor likely will he be. He heavily pans the hypocritical ending, the emotionless musical numbers, Emma Watson's singing and performance, the character of the Beast, overuse of CGI (mostly on the Beast and the other side characters), and the shot-for-shot cuts from the original. Special criticism is reserved for the film's delivery of many scenes from the original, especially the scenes where the Beast discovers Belle in the West Wing and where he lets her go, which the Critic considers rushed. At the end of the review, the Critic states that he wants to watch a good live-action remake of a cartoon, but hears a familiar laugh, realizing that's not going to happen anytime soon.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Emma Watson as Belle: (vocalizing)
374"Woody Woodpecker"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerApril 3, 2018 (2018-04-03)
The Critic reviews Woody Woodpecker (2017). While stating he is indifferent to the cartoon, he finds the film absolutely awful. He criticizes the toilet humor, the CGI animation on Woody, the relationship between the father and his son, the incompetence of the poachers, and how easy it is to bribe Woody. Special criticism is for Woody's sadistic and violent antics he uses on various humans, even saying that he's better suited for Universal's Dark Universe.
375"Jack and Jill"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerApril 10, 2018 (2018-04-10)

The Critic reviews Jack and Jill (2011), the biggest winner in Golden Raspberry Awards history. Starting this review having to be dragged from his house by Malcolm and Tamara in a parody of a scene from Fargo, he considers it one of Adam Sandler's all-time worst films, panning Sandler's double performances (especially as Jill), unfunny humor, underdeveloped story, and large number of cameo appearances. However, he gives credit to Al Pacino's performance, noting that his plot point and odd behavior can be legitimately hilarious at times. Special criticism is reserved for the numerous product placements featured in the film, especially when, though that element appears in other Sandler movies, this film uses it the most out of all of them.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Adam Sandler as Jack Sadelstein and Al Pacino making tickling noises and giggling annoyingly.
376"An American Tail: Fievel Goes West"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerApril 17, 2018 (2018-04-17)
The Critic reviews An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991). Being a fan of the original 1986 animated film, the Critic finds that this sequel doesn’t live up to the original’s standards, due to the sequel’s more light-hearted tone, but doesn’t consider it bad, just a passable animated feature that kids could watch. He gives praise to the animation, the more energetic tone, and the last speech from Wylie Burp, who was voiced by Jimmy Stewart in his final film role, but is mixed on the light-hearted tone, confused by Tiger the cat’s role in the story, stunned by the presence of both Stewart and John Cleese, and considers the sequel’s callbacks to the original not being fully delivered. Special criticism is reserved for an uncomfortable moment when the villain, Cat R. Waul, is picked up and squeezed tightly by a woman while calling him “Pussy”.
377"Starship Troopers"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerApril 24, 2018 (2018-04-24)

The Critic reviews Starship Troopers (1997). Despite noting that the film is corny, overblown, and filled with lots of generic characters, the Critic believes that was the film’s intention, and mostly praises the fact that the entire film, despite looking like another average action flick, appears to have more to say with its constant satire and themes of fascism and military, and overall states it is another awesome film from director Paul Verhoeven for both those reasons and the fact it does the premise of “humans vs. bugs” decently. He does, however, give special criticism to the ending of the film, particularly the moment where the drill sergeant, Zim, is credited for being the one to save the day from the Brain Bug despite the film not giving him lots of screen time.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores: "Huh. Yum-yum-yum."
378"The Emoji Movie"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMay 1, 2018 (2018-05-01)

The Critic reviews The Emoji Movie (2017). Knowing well about the film’s hugely negative reception from both critics and audiences when it first came out, the Critic finds that despite understanding and fully getting why this film is bad, he actually didn’t find it to be one of the worst films he had ever seen, as he says he’s seen worse than this one. He criticizes the underdeveloped story which mainly takes several elements from other animated films, the presence of talented actors like Patrick Stewart, Steven Wright, Maya Rudolph and Anna Faris, and the huge amounts of product placements shown throughout without working them into the story. However, he gives credit to the animation, noting that it can be colorful and imaginative, the world for having a touch of creativity, and one or two inventive and clever lines, and even states several ideas that he thought would make the movie more decent, ideas that were never shown nor delivered in the final film. At the end, the Critic demands to be challenged by a movie more bad than The Emoji Movie, only to hear the famous laugh of Scooby-Doo, causing him to become baffled that there’s a third Scooby-Doo movie.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Sean Giambrone as Travis: "Words aren't cool."
379"Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Rob Scallon
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMay 8, 2018 (2018-05-08)

The Critic reviews Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009). Having already reviewed the previous Scooby-Doo live-action movies, the Critic finds this TV movie bad, but in a different way. Whereas he found the previous movies bad on a memorable level, he found this one forgettable, which could make the argument that this makes it even worse than the previous films. While giving credit to some solid acting and some impressive effects for a TV movie, he nonetheless criticizes everything else about the film, most notably the CGI animation on Scooby-Doo and the fact that the film’s mystery again has a suspect the audience can easily find out, while trying to cover it up with more potential suspects.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Nick Palatas as Shaggy and Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo: (screaming)
380"The Boss Baby"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMay 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)

The Critic reviews The Boss Baby (2017), being his second most requested film for him to review that doesn’t tie-in to anything nostalgic after The Emoji Movie. Despite complimenting the animation, the energetic tone, some decent comedy, and the fact that it was at least surreal on a memorable level, he considers the film to be a huge mess, criticizing the constant changes to the movie’s world without any sort of time to get to know it, Alec Baldwin’s performance as Boss Baby being more menacing than hilarious, and the odd premise of babies fighting a war against puppies. Special criticism is reserved for the imagination and fantasies of Tim Templeton, saying that many times, the fantasies don’t match up with the story and are always inconsistent, as well as the fact that this movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in spite of its mixed reception. In the end, he considers the movie harmless, but still completely awkward and weird.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Miles Bakshi as Tim Templeton: "Are you the Baby Jesus?"
Alec Baldwin as Boss Baby: "Yes. I'm the Baby Jesus."
381"The Spirit"Doug Walker, Tamara Chambers
Malcolm Ray (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMay 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)

The Critic reviews The Spirit (2008). He considers this film to be the worst piece of work of famous writer Frank Miller. He criticizes the lack of identity for both the hero and the villain, the Spirit's womanizing behavior, as well as his narrations describing the city as a "she", the overall character and behavior of the Octopus, as well as his out-of-nowhere reveal to be a Nazi, and the monotone performance of Scarlett Johansson. Special criticism is reserved for the entire visual style of the film that, despite being impressive, isn't consistent with the film's storyline.

First Viewing:

Channel Awesome Tagline: Gabriel Macht as the Spirit: "And this one's for Muffin!"
382"Deadpool 2"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers,
Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz, Adonis KJ Wright
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMay 30, 2018 (2018-05-30)

The Critic reviews Deadpool 2 (2018), with scenes acted out by Doug, Malcolm, Tamara, and other cast members since the film was still in theaters at the time. Throughout the review, the Critic is caught in a huge argument between Deadpool (Jim) and Rick from Rick & Morty (Doug), both arguing over if Deadpool is truly a groundbreaking achievement in fourth-wall humor in media or just another brick in the wall. The Critic ultimately concludes that Deadpool 2 (as well as the first Deadpool film) is a great film for several reasons, the most notable being that this movie tries hard to make a story that has been done several times, but also mixes it with other elements that are fresh and new (like the film not even containing a villain), and also has a near-seamless blend of goofy, self-aware humor mixed in with emotional, serious moments, a feat that not many other movies could properly achieve.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Jim Jarosz as Deadpool: "Is it too late to review Show Dogs?" (not an actual line in the movie)
383"Chicken Little"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJune 5, 2018 (2018-06-05)

The Critic reviews Chicken Little (2005). Outside of considering the design of the aliens to be creative, praising Adam West’s cameo as the Hollywood Chicken Little, and noting that the film does have good messages (to the point where many people enjoyed this film, to which the Critic can understand), he considers the film to be one of Disney’s all-time most awkward and weakest films, criticizing many of the jokes not working or being fully developed, the plot being all over the place, and for being too mean-spirited, filled with dozens of characters he considers unlikeable. Special criticism is reserved for the character of Buck Cluck, Chicken Little’s father, whom the Critic considers the film’s most dislikeable character.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Zach Braff as Chicken Little: "A big acorn level fluh?"
384"The Angry Birds Movie"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers,
Jim Jarosz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJune 12, 2018 (2018-06-12)

The Critic reviews The Angry Birds Movie (2016). He questions the intent on making a movie based on a video game released many years earlier, and finds it on the same levels of bad as other bad animated films like Norm of the North. He pans the story and characters (while also saying the casting choices are wasted for a film like this), confusing jokes, the large amounts of toilet humor, the fast-motion of the animation, weird lines, annoying noises, pop culture references, and that the climax never slows down or takes a break, though gives credit to one joke involving the large bird Terrance, his backstory which they never reveal, and the fact that he’s voiced by Sean Penn, who never speaks, just grunts. Special criticism is reserved for the numerous dance sequences shown in the film.

First Viewing:

Channel Awesome Tagline: Jason Sudeikis as Red: "Well, how about that? My teacher can shoot fireballs out of her butt."
385"Do the Bartman"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJune 19, 2018 (2018-06-19)
The Critic gives a special look at the famous music video done by The Simpsons, "Do the Bartman". While spending the majority of the review making jokes and comments, he takes time to talk about the song’s impact, and the involvement of Brad Bird and Michael Jackson, as well as criticizing the appearance of Nancy Cartwright wearing a Bart Simpson costume at the 1991 American Music Awards.
386"Fox Kids"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Walter Banasiak, Heather Reusz, Barney Walker
Doug Walker & Rob Walker
Walter Banasiak & Heather Reusz
Doug WalkerJune 26, 2018 (2018-06-26)

In the previous manner to his Disney Afternoon review, the Critic, along with Malcolm and Tamara, looks back on the children’s programming block, Fox Kids (1990-2002), imitating what it was like to wake up in the morning and watch it. He finds many shows to be unique, fun, enjoyable and groundbreaking, mainly giving huge praise to ones he talked about before in several previous episodes, while being mixed on several other shows and criticizing four shows. After looking at 18 shows, the Critic reveals that due to the declining quality of later shows, he never watched the remaining eight shows on the block left, and so, he reluctantly calls Walter Banasiak and Heather Reusz of the show Top 5 to talk about the eight shows instead, as they know about them more. Shows looked at include:

  • Bobby’s World (1990-1998)
  • Tom & Jerry Kids (1990-1993)
  • Peter Pan & the Pirates (1990-1991)
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1990-1991)
  • Beetlejuice (1989-1991)
  • Little Shop (1991)
  • Taz-Mania (1991-1995)
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1992) (and The Plucky Duck Show (1992))
  • Eek! The Cat (1992-1994) (and Eek! Stravaganza (1994-1997))
  • Dog City (1992-1994) (and Droopy, Master Detective (1993))
  • Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)
  • Animaniacs (1993-1998)
  • X-Men (1992-1997)
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1996)
  • Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (1994-1999)
  • Spider-Man (1994-1998)
  • The Tick (1994-1996)
  • Goosebumps (1995-1998)
  • Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000)
  • Power Rangers in Space (1998) (and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999))
  • Young Hercules (1998-1999)
  • Beast Wars: Transformers (1996-1999) (and Beast Machines: Transformers (1999-2000))
  • Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (1999-2001)
  • Digimon (1999-2000)
  • Spider-Man Unlimited (1999-2001)
  • Angela Anaconda (1999-2001)

Channel Awesome Tagline: Heather Reusz: "Everything's gonna be okay." Walter Banasiak: "It's okay." Tamara Chambers: "I don't know, man. I don't think my mom's gonna let me sleep over here anymore."

387"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 10, 2018 (2018-07-10)

The Critic reviews The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003). He finds the film more dull and boring than bad, criticizing Sean Connery’s performance, the other actors for not showing that much emotion in their performances, the lack of color, and the hit-and-miss special effects. Special criticism is reserved for the film not taking the full advantage of the idea of putting many great and famous historical figures into one movie. However, he does give credit to the special-effects on Mr. Hyde, Captain Nemo's ship and parts of the climax, including one cool line, Dante's character and his transformation upon drinking Hyde’s formula. The Critic also takes time to note the declining career of Sean Connery that eventually led to his retirement, which is presented in an opening skit showing Connery (Rob) declining offers to appear in many famous films, including Jurassic Park, The Matrix, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, in favor of appearing in Dragonheart, The Avengers, and this film.

First Viewing:

Channel Awesome Tagline:
388"Bartok the Magnificent"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 17, 2018 (2018-07-17)

The Critic reviews Bartok the Magnificent (1999). While stating he is indifferent to the film that this spin-offed from, he ultimately considers this spin-off an enjoyable feature, mainly for the fact that this was the only direct-to-video movie that Don Bluth directed, allowing for Bluth’s weird and charming creativity to shine through. He finds little to complain about this film and praises the likeable characters (in particular Zozi the bear), the performances of the voice cast, the animation, and the charming nature of the film that never appears to lose its steam despite several odd moments, ultimately calling it better than Anastasia (which he confesses to not really enjoy due to the film having a blend between conventional and weird elements, which he found to not always be seamless).

Channel Awesome Tagline: Kelsey Grammer as Zozi: "Cabbage."
389"Mission: Impossible 2"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Walter Banasiak
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 24, 2018 (2018-07-24)

The Critic reviews Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), while taking time to comment about the unique and successful career of Tom Cruise. He finds the film to be the weakest of the entire Mission: Impossible film series (while revealing he’s not a fan of the first and third films either), criticizing the lack of faithfulness to the original show, several over-the-top moments, the first hour of the film lacking any action, lack of chemistry between Ethan Hunt and the villain, and the relationship between Ethan and Nyah. Special criticism is reserved for the many over-the-top moments that are meant to make Tom Cruise look cool, as well as the usual clichés from director John Woo. However, he ultimately considers the film entertaining on a goofy level, and states that the over-the-top moments are the film's most enjoyable moments compared to other scenes.

First Viewing:
390"Sonic the Hedgehog Movie (1999)"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 31, 2018 (2018-07-31)

The Critic reviews Sonic the Hedgehog Movie (1999).

First Viewing:
391"Doom"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerAugust 7, 2018 (2018-08-07)

The Critic reviews Doom (2005). Being a massive fan of the original video game series of the same name, the Critic doesn’t share his admiration of the game with the movie. Outside of praising the opening and noting down a few plot elements from the original game, he criticizes the weird combination of lack of faithfulness to the game with too much faithfulness from the first-person segment, Rosamund Pike’s bland performance, the lack of character development and incompetence of the marines, quickly-paced and small action scenes, the overtone of darkness in the labs, poor attempts at scares, Dwayne Johnson’s sudden turn into a villainous role and weak transformation, the 24th Chromosome’s usage of helping those who have a good soul, and the fact that the film’s depiction of Hell is just a science laboratory filled with zombies, in stark contrast to the game where soldiers fight against demons from Hell. Special criticism is reserved for the fact that Johnson’s character’s weapon, the BFG (said to be the best weapon of the game), is pronounced “Bio-Force Gun”, while noting that Johnson only uses the weapon twice in the film and it has barely an impact. In the end, the Critic, along with Devil Boner (Doug), Benny the assassin (Malcolm), and Hyper Fangirl (Tamara), goes on a Doom-like mission to destroy anything related to the movie.

First Viewing:
392"Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerAugust 14, 2018 (2018-08-14)
The Critic reviews Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018).
393"Ghostbusters 2"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Rob Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerAugust 21, 2018 (2018-08-21)
The Critic reviews Ghostbusters II (1989). He considers this to be one of the many sequels that doesn’t live up to the potential the first one achieved. He criticizes the repeated storyline and other plotlines, most notably the relationship between Peter and Dana, the humor and jokes not being as brilliant as the first one (particularly the scenes with Peter and baby Oscar), the character of Jack for being a poor follow-up to Walter Peck (as he’s not given any good reason for hating the Ghostbusters, ending up coming off as a hateable jerk), upgraded kid-friendly humor and elements, which conflicts with the more darker moments, Winston's lack of screen time, and the motives of the villain. Special criticism is reserved for the film’s first half, which he finds completely unnecessary, inconsistent and ridiculous, ending up going on a long discussion about his own way on how he wished the first half would have been delivered better, which would have led to a much better sequel. However, he does praise Peter MacNicol's performance, the intact chemistry between the four main leads, the effects, and for doing several repeated moments in a slightly more clever way. He ultimately considers it to not be a good sequel, but one he still has a soft spot for.
394"Old vs New Teen Titans"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerAugust 28, 2018 (2018-08-28)[8]
The Critic reviews Teen Titans (2003–2006) and Teen Titans Go! (2013–) in an old vs new edition.
395"Freddy Got Fingered"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz, Walter Banasiak
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerSeptember 4, 2018 (2018-09-04)

The Critic reviews Freddy Got Fingered (2001), while acting out as Anton Chigurh from No Country For Old Men and parodying many of that film’s scenes in reaction after watching Freddy Got Fingered, both interviewing, terrorizing, and killing many of his co-stars throughout. He pans nearly everything in this film, including the acting, characters, dozens of crude, gross-out humor (which is censored by dozens of censor bars each containing different sentences), lack of story, as well as its unfocused nature, and the constant changing tones and moods. Special criticism is reserved for the scene where Freddy is sent to a mental institution called the “Institute for Sexually Molested Children”, where he and all of its patients spend their time watching The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on television. In the end, he declares that the film is filled with so many bad things, it’s almost fascinating to witness, considering that writer, director and star Tom Green intended to make a really bad movie, and considers it the Barton Fink of bad films, and one in which he hates everything about the film for the same reasons he loves everything about it.

First Viewing:
396"Big Fat Liar"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerSeptember 11, 2018 (2018-09-11)

The Critic reviews Big Fat Liar (2002). He doesn't find much to complain and criticize about this film and considers it a silly but enjoyable kids' film with a few good jokes for adults. He overall gives good notices to the likeable characters, the actors' performances (especially Paul Giamatti and Jaleel White), the jokes and humor, and the decent emotional weight of the film revolving around Jason and his determination to get his truth revealed, and though he considers several things in the story to not make sense, he says that the film knows it is not supposed to. He ultimately considers it like a Disney Channel Original Movie, only on a high-budget and well-written.

Channel Awesome Tagline: Paul Giamatti as Marty Wolf: "Give me back my monkey."
397"Fantastic 4: Rise of Silver Surfer"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerSeptember 18, 2018 (2018-09-18)

The Critic reviews Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). He finds the sequel has less effort than the first film had, so he finds it less offensive overall. While giving good notices to several ideas, he repeats his special criticism he had for the first film, which is reserved for the fact that the main characters don′t seem to do much in the film that benefits anyone but themselves, especially focusing more on the wedding between Reed and Sue, as well as criticizing the weird casting choice for Laurence Fishburne as the voice of the Silver Surfer, who's played physically onscreen by Doug Jones, the subplots involving Reed and Sue's wedding and Dr. Doom, and the unexplained magical powers the Silver Surfer possesses.

First Viewing:
398"Grading Cartoon Show Intros"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerSeptember 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)

The Critic reviews intros to a few cartoon shows. He gives a percentage grade to each intro. The shows looked at include:

  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983-1985) and She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985-1986): 85%
  • The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989), The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990), and Super Mario World (1991): 72%
  • Bananaman (1983-1986): 49%
  • Count Duckula (1988-1993): 94%
  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981-1983): 31%
  • The Real Ghostbusters (1986-1987) and Slimer! And The Real Ghostbusters (1988-1991): 98%
  • Dungeons & Dragons (1983-1985): 22%
  • Mega Man (1994-1995): 95%
  • Denver, the Last Dinosaur (1988): 70%
  • Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995): 100%
399"Sleepwalkers"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)

The Critic begins Nostalgiaween by reviewing Sleepwalkers (1992), with the screenplay written by Stephen King. He finds every single moment in the movie to be completely bad, but in such an entertaining level that he heavily enjoys the film for what it is. He positively comments on many of the film's aspects, including its crazy story, over-the-top characters, and the insane nature of the climax. He even finds the film's slower scenes to not be boring, considering those scenes as a great buildup to the film's more crazy scenes. The Critic ultimately claims that this is the funniest and most over-the-top out of all the film adaptations of Stephen King's work. At the end of the review, Malcolm and Tamara, annoyed that the Critic keeps reviewing all of King's less-than-great works every year without focusing on all of King's great works, convince the Critic to make a Top 11 list counting down the greatest film adaptations of Stephen King's work.

First Viewing:
400"Top 11 Stephen King Movies"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)

The Critic takes a look at the top 11 films based on Stephen King's works. The top 11 are as follows:

  • 11) Pet Sematary
  • 10) It (2017)
  • 9) 1408 (2007)
  • 8) Carrie (1976)
  • 7) Misery (1990)
  • 6) Stand by Me (1986)
  • 5) Dolores Claiborne (1995)
  • 4) The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • 3) Gerald's Game (2017)
  • 2) The Shining (1980)
  • 1) Creepshow (1982)

Runners up: Cujo (1983), Creepshow 2 (1987), The Running Man (1987), Christine (1983), Silver Bullet (1985), Cat's Eye (1985), The Dead Zone (1983), The Green Mile (1999), and Maximum Overdrive (1986).

401"Van Helsing"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers,
Jim Jarosz, James Rolfe (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)

The Critic continues Nostalgiaween by reviewing Van Helsing (2004). He considers the film's potential of containing various famous monsters to be massively wasted in favor of putting its main focus on the film's two main leads. He goes on to criticize the huge amounts of overused CGI, lack of plot and story, overuse of action, and the lack of focus on the famous monsters, though he does give praise to the practical sets, and the designs and over-the-top personalities of the monsters (particularly Richard Roxburgh as Dracula). Special criticism is reserved for the two main leads portrayed by Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale not given a lot of character development or personality, as well as a moment when Frankenstein's monster is literally called "Frankenstein", which the Critic considers the film's most embarrassing mistake.

First Viewing:
402"AvP Requiem"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)
The Critic reviews Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). He considers the sequel not awful, just boring and uninspired. In spite of complimenting the opening scene and several extreme gory moments (due to the film being rated R, unlike the first film), he is underwhelmed and unamused by everything else in the film, criticizing the fact that the more extreme moments are only in the last third, finds the fight scenes between the Alien and Predator not as good as the first, and several fake-out scares. Special criticism is reserved for every single one of the human characters in the film, finding each and every one of them and their storylines unmemorable.
403"Rubber"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers,
Rob Walker (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)

The Critic concludes Nostalgiaween by reviewing Rubber (2010).

First Viewing:
404"Powerpuff Girls Movie"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerNovember 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)
The Critic reviews The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002). He considers it a decent movie that he feels could have been a better film if the writing was more clever and took more emotional risks. He praises the action scenes, several comedic moments, and the animation, but criticizes the scene of The Powerpuff Girls playing tag as too long (despite saying the idea is cool, the action is creative, and it has one funny moment), and the slow pacing, particularly in the film's first half, though considers that a nitpick and thinks the movie ultimately works by actually managing to feel like a legit big screen adaptation of a television show rather than just an extended episode.
405"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers,
Rob Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)

The Critic reviews Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018). He considers it the worst of the Jurassic Park franchise for containing little-to-none of the strengths that made the original a classic and instead containing all the flaws and issues he has with every Jurassic Park feature. He criticizes the scenes with the T-Rex for not being as huge as the other films, the character of Maisie and the sudden reveal of her being a clone of John Hammond's daughter, the characters played by Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda, the actions of the human characters, the relationship between Chris Pratt's character, Owen, and Bryce Dallas Howard's character, Claire, still running the same motions as Jurassic World, and considers many of the action-packed moments and choices in the story to be unoriginal. However, he does praise how the film could be considered a "so bad, it's good" film due to its many bizarre choices, and the visual effects, even stating that these are some of the best effects since the original film. Special criticism is reserved for the film's ending, in which Maisie releases all the dinosaurs and lets them roam around the Earth, and how the film is filled with dozens of messages that sometimes contradict one another.

First Viewing:

Channel Awesome Tagline: Chris Pratt as Owen: "Look at you now. You're saving the world."

Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire: (Laughs)
406"A Wrinkle in Time"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerNovember 20, 2018 (2018-11-20)
The Critic reviews A Wrinkle in Time (2018). He finds the film ultimately more bizarre than bad, and spends the majority of the review doing less criticizing and more commenting on the many moments in the film, finding every single moment featured in the film hilariously bizarre, in particular the character of Charles Wallace and his personality (at one point praising the scenes when Charles is possessed by the IT), the overall behavior and power of Oprah Winfrey's character, and also finds every performance from every actor decent, but unfitting for the type of film that it is. He does give warm praise to the performances of Storm Reid and Chris Pine, and compliments the visual effects and interesting concepts, but finds that, unlike films like Fantasia or Labyrinth, the film won't be as praised and well-remembered by adults for its thought-provoking, visual spectacle due to its misguided, bizarre nature, but finds it a fascinatingly bizarre film overall.
407"Escape from the Commercials"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers,
Walter Banasiak, Heather Reusz, Jim Jarosz, Aiyanna Wade, Adonis Wright, Dante Basco, (cameo), James Rolfe (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerNovember 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)

The Critic reviews more commercials, being the 10th special dedicated to them.

Commercials reviewed: Shaq Fu, Mr. T Cereal, Street Machine, Artilleray and Beam Blasters, Energizer Bunny, PayDay, Chuggies and Chibbles, Video commercial of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Quiznos Subs, Hook toys, New Kids on the Block dolls, Terminator 2 action figures, Ask Zandar, Pokémon Ball Blasters, Love’s Baby Soft.
408"A Christmas Story Live!"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)
The Critic reviews A Christmas Story Live! (2017). He considers it a massive insult to the classic story, heavily panning its length of two hours and fifteen minutes (three with commercials), poor singing performances from Andy Walken and Maya Rudolph, the large number of songs and filler, the opening song for being so modern and unfitting for the story's style, and unimpressive delivery of several moments taken from the original, though he does compliment the impressive cinematography and filming techniques, especially for a live show, appreciates the songs for their genre, and does note one good joke. Special criticism is reserved for the performance of Matthew Broderick as the old Ralphie.
409"The Search for Santa Paws"Doug Walker
Rob Walker (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)
The Critic reviews The Search for Santa Paws (2010).
410"The Most HATED Nutcracker Movie Ever Made"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rachel Tietz, Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz, Aiyanna Wade, Heather Reusz, Walter Banasiak, Barney Walker, Fard Muhammad
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 18, 2018 (2018-12-18)

The Critic reviews The Nutcracker in 3D (2009). Before the review, the Critic and his co-stars are set to leave their old studio and move to a new one nearby, until they are suddenly greeted by former cast member Rachel Tietz, who invites the Critic and his co-stars to star in her very own adaptation of the Christmas classic Home Alone, though her version contains more darker themes and more violent imagery (including appearances from real-life killers and containing themes of Satanism), much to the Critic and his co-stars' complete uneasiness. Rachel reveals that she got the inspiration from Nutcracker in 3D, prompting the Critic to review it. He finds the film extremely horrendously horrible and a huge disservice to the whole story of the Nutcracker, focusing too heavily on making the film extremely dark and shocking rather than telling a decent positive adaptation of the story. He heavily pans the Nazi-related imagery of the Rat King and his army, the bland performance of Elle Fanning, the random musical numbers set to the classic Nutcracker music, dozens of imagery too scary for kids, and the CGI effects of the titular Nutcracker and the Rat King. Special criticism is reserved for a scene where the Rat King and his army burn living toys and take pleasure in watching various children cry over their burnt toys, a scene that's completely similar to the Holocaust, which the Critic finds extremely disgusting. At the end, Rachel releases her adaptation of Home Alone, which ends up getting panned by everyone (including negative comments from Brad Jones, James Rolfe, Corey Taylor, Kyle Hebert, Greg Sestero, Karl Custer Jr., Andre Meadows, Jon Bailey, Orlando Belisle Jr., Jason Laws, Rob Scallon, Jeremy Scott, Chris Atkinson, and Trevor Mueller), and Rachel soon realizes that Nutcracker in 3D got the exact same negative reaction. The Critic soon teaches Rachel that there can be a good balance between positive and negative in other areas, and invites her to watch the last scene of the Critic's review of The Christmas Tree (the scene where the Critic interviews his parents) alongside all his co-stars as they formally move to a new studio.

First Viewing:
411"Elf Bowling the Movie"Doug Walker
Rob Walker (voice cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 25, 2018 (2018-12-25)
The Critic reviews Elf Bowling the Movie (2007).

See also[edit]

  • List of AVGN episodes
  • Angry Joe
  • The Cinema Snob
  • CinemaSins
  • List of Honest Trailers episodes


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