I've always been a bit of an Anti-Critic person, especially the main mainstream kind of critics. 2016 was a year in which taking such an attitude became particularly controversial, some of my fellow DC fans claimed a silly Disney conspiracy in negative reviews of DC films.
There is no direct correlation either way in whether or not a critically received film will be one I also like. But when it comes to Genre films it's clear many are inherently disconnected from most of what casual viewers care about.
What I've come to learn is that the key is in knowing how to discern what they say, why they did or didn't like it.
I watched one YouTube video where a guy gave a positive review of the Comic Book Trade Paper Back Batman Black Mirror. A comic I haven't read. And I concluded from what he said that this is a story I'd hate and shouldn't bother with. Meanwhile I've had the exact opposite experience listening to his negative comments on Grant Morrison's Batman run. But on plenty other Comics I've agreed with this person's opinion.
I've had similar experiences listening to YouTubers talk about Anime.
Digibro had a video recently where he said the differences between different tastes in fiction is being different in what flaws you can tolerate and what flaws you can't. I disagree however. Because the thing with especially the Star Wars Prequels is that so very often what I love is exactly what the haters hate, I don't respond to the criticisms because those very things are why I like Star Wars to begin with.
Now I have not yet watched Sword Art Online. It's an Anime I've been putting off watching, I've decided I will try it soon, I'm not sure what I'll think. But I know more about it going in then I have few other Animes. Mostly from listening to very negative opinions of it. Here I do not really hear the same things I hear from Prequel Haters.
Not once have I heard a complaint be something that is exactly what I'm looking for in Anime. Some are things I'm not bothered by, like Plot Holes, Incest, and general Anime Cliches. But also much of it speaks to exactly what often frustrates me in Anime, from gratuitous fan-service, to mindless sexual assault.
However these critics do mention occasional good things, and some are things that might win more points from me then they would others. And I already know I like the cast it's Dub has. And I really like it's composer, Noir/Madlax to Madoka to Fate/Zero, all great Anime Music.
I notice that the people who hate SAO the most, often really liked Asuna as a character, and are upset at how she gets treated. That is certainly something I can relate to.
So I'll give it a shot, I'm expecting either something I'll hate, or something I'll enjoy with heavy reservations. If I feel like talking publicly about it it'll probably be on my Tumblr, where I'm use an SAO Tag, and/or SAO Hate.