There’s a great piece about the repetitive usage of words like “flawed” and “overrated” when speaking on behalf of films. Sasha Stone and Ryan Adams of Awards Daily explore these strong but empty words in a great piece. Check it out.
Whenever we see a vague reference to “flaws” in a film, notice how we seldom we see any specific “flaws” ever itemized. That’s a good clue that the actual problem is in the viewer and not in the thing being viewed. But that’s uncomfortable. It’s hard for people admit that they “didn’t get” something because that means there’s something wrong with them, so they put the blame on the film, or the painting, or the photograph. Easier to blame the artist, but not themselves.