I've always appreciated Adobe software, and as a Mac user i eagerly anticipated the release of the latest version of Photoshop Elements and, more importantly Premiere Elements. Both are geared towards the enthusiastic home user who doesn't have the cash or inclination to use the full-fat variants. I was finding iMovie and iPhoto too limiting.
Despite the sophisticated feature set, the learning curve on this software is not too steep, which is lucky because the online help is pretty basic.
I've read the other two reviews. Maybe the reviewers have valid arguments. Personally I'm unlikely to use the features they complain about so I'm uninfluenced.
The products are great, power rich, sophisticated but easy to get to grips with.
Oh...and power hungry. Check the min spec out carefully before purchasing.