I can't speak for the general public, but I can say without any doubt that those of us who covered the movie beat were sick and tired of Ben and Jen. I really do think that the animosity movie writers were feeling at the time had at least something to do with how critically reviled the film was. As I said, it's not a terrible film. I've seen far worse. But it's not a good film either; it's very mediocre, making it the right kind of movie for critics to unleash their wrath upon.