These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Lady in the Water
Designated Villain: The critic. We're supposed to dislike him because, what kind of person would be so arrogant as to presume the intention of another human being? Except that he didn't. When Cleveland asked him about who he should look for to fill the various roles, he pitched it as a hypothetical question and the critic only gave qualities he'd expect the person to have. Cleveland was the one who actually chose the people.
Ensemble Darkhorse: The critic, whom many viewers consider the only likeable character in the whole movie. Also Story, but that's mainly because she's played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who was also a bright spot on M Night's previous film The Village.