It still feels Sakaguchi-y, and as such obviously destroys...well...any Japanese RPG not made by Sakaguchi or (sometimes) Nintendo.
Ok, that only sounded like a slight hint of bias. Which I guess probably plays a part with most positive impressions of this game. Sakaguchi and Uematsu, underdog title on the Wii, it's not exactly a fun game to speak poorly about. Quite depressing to admit its failings, really.
And I don't think TLS is a love or hate game at all, clearly people either dislike it, or simply muster up reasons to claim that, "hey, it isn't terrible." I don't know why we have to beat around the bush with JRPGs all the time, them being under the radar doesn't dismiss them from criticism. Japan has a lot of talented developers even in this generation, they don't need us always lowering the bar for them.