My problem with the Ponyo review, is that it was the 200th episode. The Nostalgia Critic is best known for getting extremely angry at really bad nostalgic movies, and Ponyo was none of that. It's not nostalgic, it's not bad, and Doug didn't get angry at the movie. If he had done this for a regular review, like The Room, then I wouldn't have a problem with this. But this was the 200th episode, a milestone for online reviewing. I expected something similar to the Battlefield Earth review, pushed even higher. What we got was yet another convention review, which he had done two weeks prior to that with Star Trek: Insurrection. Because of such a tiny gap, this review didn't feel all that special, especially in the face of the crossover review with Linkara.
Honestly, 2012 is out to a bad start. Star Trek Month really wasn't all that special, Patch Adams was just him saying why he hates the film, and Ponyo was kind of a disappointment. Hopefully he picks it up in the next few weeks and starts turning out reviews like he did at the start of last year.