Insurrection was fine. I also remember good reviews, stressing the aspect that it was brighter than First Contact. Nobody cried doom when it came out. It wasn't as good as First Contact, but it was solid and good fun. The bashing started when Nemesis sucked as well. And now, 15 years later, everyone is like "Oh I hated it from the start" when most of them thought it was okay back then
I've often wondered what would happen if things like this were shown to an isolated group who had no access to alternative 'opinions' about things. What would they think? I wonder if it would ever be possible to get a completely objective opinion about a movies actual strengths and weaknesses?