When people ask me about a particular movie, they don't say, "Are the performances transcendent?" Or "is the direction sublime?" Or "is this an engrossing, life-enriching experience?" They ask, "Is it any good?" That's what they always say.
Look no further for proof that critics and audiences speak different languages, even when they use the same words. Thing is, that's part of the idea — critics look at the work in their field, well, critically. It's interesting for them (me as well; see the rest of this site for proof) to take things apart and see how and why they tick. But it never hurts to start from a position where you say, "Yes, it's good," and then try to back it up. There are many things I love that I can't recommend to random strangers, because odds are the recommendation will be lost on them. But I can at least describe where I'm coming from when I do.