I'd be curious to know what AO Scott thinks of other films in the genre before writing him off. Critics aren't all huffy blowhards with razor tongues and an arsenal of sarcastic barbs bent on tearing everyone down. If they were, film making would be a miserable business to be in.
Then again, I don't understand the harsh treatment comic book films seem to draw from some critics, especially seeing how they aren't really geared for adults nearly as often as they are for people of all ages. And seeing how this film was so satisfying on so many levels, I'm more than happy to support the genre.