I read an article in the paper today written by a music critic who has historically been highly critical of Rush. He has written nasty reviews of their older albums for Rolling Stone, which he stands by to this day.
However, the article explains that he believes that they have earned and deserve their place due to the fact that they are a better band now than they were 20 years ago. He said something to the effect of at a point in their career when most bands are just hanging on, this band writes and plays better than they ever have. They also change with the times and try new things.
So, congratulations to Rush for earning respect from a very critical critic!