For an example from two different mediums; look at the crap Christopher Nolan is getting these days, when you can't say the man isn't a gifted visionary. Look at the praise that new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" TV show is getting when it is by far the blandest animated series I've seen in years, trying to combine the "best" traits from the 1987 and 2003 shows and ending up with no identity of its own in the process.
I go out there, and I see Greg Weisman criticized for "shooting too high" and not playing it safe; and his preference for open ended closure is really getting the brunt of it. J. Michael Straczynski created the greatest science fiction series television has ever seen, and hardly anyone talks about it anymore, while Ron Moore's "Battlestar Galactica" (which is a good series itself) gets credit for inovating TV science fiction in ways that B5 had already done a decade before BSG even got started.
Hell, Quentin Tarantino has just as many haters as he does fans and has had his backlash from Day One.
I've always believed it was best to aim to create the best story you possibly can. To be a visionary. To go that extra mile. But it seems what people want is to strive for mediocrity and settle for adequacy. Or, as Homer Simpson might say...