That’s a very strange take.
It wasn’t a “rotten” movie", or a “naked emperor” movie (I can think of good examples of both if you want - La La Land for example was the latter, I would argue), it was a 7/10 movie. Just like a 7/10 game. If you like the genre, the music, the actors and so on, and a lot of people did, then you’ll really enjoy it. If not, though? It’ll seem pretty awful. Again just like a 7/10 game.
For you it was a major disappointment. For most people it was it probably okay, and for some people, and yes that’s likely to include most film critics because it did pretty well in the most filmic areas, it was a pretty great if imperfect movie.
Interestingly you can actually prove it’s not a “naked emperor” movie by looking at the reviews from the sort of reviewers who don’t give a shit what the other reviewers say, only what they think.
Mark Kermode for example. An amazing reviewer. Absolutely does not give one micro-shit what other reviewers think except maybe occasionally to shit on them. He hates a lot of stuff that consistently praised.
He gave Baby Driver 5/5.
Do I agree with that? No. For me it was a 8/10 movie at most. But if he’s giving it 5/5, any chance to reasonably argue “people were only saying it was good because other people did” is just gone.
And talking of 7/10 movies, I just watched a 5/10 movie which I enjoyed a lot more than I should have. Suicide Squad.
It’s a fascinatingly awful mess. The casting is amazing. You could scarcely ask for better for those roles. Will Smith still has it, and he and Margot Robbie had good chemistry. Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman were also very good for their roles (Viola is pretty much perfect). Only Leto’s Joker was at all questionable because even by Joker standards he was excessively chewing the scenery. The performances were also at least above par for superhero movies, especially given the material. Oh wait I suppose there was also Enchantress but I dunno how much of the terrible was voice FX and bad lines and how much was Cara (she seemed fine in the brief human scenes she had).
The visual design was also ridiculously better than most superhero fare, including, very specifically, all other DC ones, being actually somewhat risk-taking and largely succeeding as a result.
And the basic concepts behind the plot, they were mostly sound.
But every single other thing about about? Jesus fucking wept what a disaster. Terrible, terrible fight scenes, which followed computer game logic in the worst possible way (like, soldier shoots monster in head, it keeps coming, hero shoots monster in head with a gun firing the same damn bullets, it instantly explodes). So many embarrassingly OTT scenes in general, which were all really clumsily handled. Stylishly shot, frequently, but so clumsy. And oh god the dialogue, UGH, jesus ouch. Will Smith working poor ass off to try and rescue some of this shit (and sometimes even managing). And the actual presentation of the plot, and like timing of scenes and stuff, ugh. Also like, so many of those characters were 90% useless.
Anyway, I thought I’d hate it and give up, but the visual inventiveness combined with the good casting kept me going through it. I would have been mad if I’d seen it at the cinema I suspect.