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an armchair critic

One who speaks critically on topics one actually knows little to nothing about. My uncle is such an armchair critic about the classes I'm taking—the fact that he never went to college doesn't stop him from weighing in! Stop being an armchair critic and let me fix my car, since I actually know what I'm doing here!
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an armchair traveler

One who speaks authoritatively about traveling despite not traveling often. Don't let him discourage you when he's just an armchair traveler who's never been out of the country!
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stop-watch critic

A critic whose strict, traditional views prevent them from fully seeing or understanding that which is being is analyzed. You can't expect a stop-watch critic to understand your futuristic vision for your artwork.
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an armchair critic

a person who knows about a subject only by reading or hearing about it and criticizes without active experience or first-hand knowledge.
The phrase armchair critic is first recorded in 1896 , but the concept was around at least a decade earlier: in 1886 Joseph Chamberlain sneered at opponents as ‘arm-chair politicians’. Another common variant is armchair traveller , meaning ‘someone who travels in their imagination only’.
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an armchair critic, traveller, etc.

a person who knows about a subject only from what they have heard or read and not from personal experience: He’s what you might call an ‘armchair traveller’, having never actually been outside Europe.
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