I feel like McShea's review was right in pointing out the games flaws (such as padding, strict adherence to formula, and excessive backtracking) where most other reviewers glossed over the hype, because "hey, it's Zelda. right?"
At the same time, I felt the game was much better than most of the other big-budget games that year, and has aged much better than most games that year have.
I feel like Skyward Sword is like Uncharted 3 of the same year, 2011. It's disappointing in context of what the series has achieved before, but it's still a great game.