Just thinking about a few artists/creative types who have been critics’ darlings that I’ve been baffled by. First on the list for me would be Albert Brooks - I might have chuckled once at something in one of his movies, but I’ve never laughed out loud, and never found him particularly witty (though he’s plenty dry, which may be why people mistake him for witty).
Musically, I never got Radiohead, and I tried, repeatedly, after so many people whose opinions I respected told me how great they were - to me, they sound like Pink Floyd, which is definitely not a good thing (IMO). Nirvana would be another one, though I can understand their success a bit more and might have thought they were some kind of saviors myself if I’d been younger when they came out (and consequently hadn’t already heard other bands mining the same territory for a decade previous to their ascendancy).
I could probably make a list that would take up a whole page of the thread on “great” writers, but a lot of the ones I would pick were written during a period when the style favored overblown prose and lengthy descriptive passages, but I would single out Thomas Hardy and Nathaniel Hawthorne as particularly nauseating reads. Anybody else?