Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess are more popular Zelda entries than Majora's Mask. If you ask me, certain people like MM better BECAUSE it's "cool" to like the less popular game.
Following that logic, I'm surprised they don't give glowing reviews to Zelda 2!
I loved Majoras Mask also. In fact it's my favorite of the 3D Zelda games. Not saying that to sound cool or whatever (i'm not even sure why it would be "cool" to like something less popular it would seem the other way around to me) , I just enjoy playing it the most of all of them. It's just different while still being similar, and I love the atmosphere and characters and story (well, pretty much everything about it). The Goron Mask might be my favorite item in any Zelda ever, I love rolling around at high speeds. Zelda 2 is ok, but my least favorite (not counting cdi games) it's just too hard, and not nearly as fun as other Zelda games.
I'm about 10 hours into Skyward Sword now. I absolutely love it so far. I keep hearing it doesn't really get good until about the third dungeon, if that's true it could end up being my favorite 3d Zelda. I've loved it since the minute I started playing it.
I haven't had any issues with the controls. I had to recenter once right after I got the slingshot but after that I realized how it works and haven't had to any more at all. As long as you point where you want to be center when you push the button to use an item that you point or to look around it is perfect every time, I guess the people who reviewed it and complained about recentering constantly pushed the button for their items while pointing the controller elsewhere. Still I don't see why they didn't just use IR for pointing, but it still works great anyway. The sword fighting is excellent. I have not once had it not respond or not swing exactly how I wanted it to, I have absolutely no idea what that Gamespot guy was talking about on this unless he was just wiggling the controller randomly and hoping it would read his mind and do what he wanted it to.
I was a little worried about the stamina meter when I first heard about it, but I have no problem with that either. I was kinda under the impression that just fighting with your sword regularly would deplete your stamina. I love that you can dash now and jump up ladders and stuff.
Oh, and the art style is definitely my favorite of any Zelda so far.