Uninteresting main character, even less interesting main villain, weak supporting cast, mediocre at best story, lack of art direction are the reasons I was never a fan of 7. The most infuriating thing was that ending with Red XIII that made absolutely no sense at all. Nothing I haven't said before when the topic comes up.
I also tend to notice that amongst 7's praises, it being the person's first Final Fantasy game tends to show up.
FF7 is overrated, but it's still a solid game. Revolutionized both the franchise and the style of the RPG itself, a good challenge, and an overall fun game to play through.
The Final Fantasy series has been dead to me since X-2(most unnecessary sequel ever). They made an online one and gave it a number(I could have accepted it if it had been called simply, "Final Fantasy Online" or something like that), then they made one that threw out all the things I loved about the franchise(I want my **** turn-based RPGs back!), then they made one that, as far as I can tell, seems to focus far and away too much on graphics, and not enough on being a good game. Why are graphics important in an RPG? Who the **** plays an RPG for the way it looks? One of my favourite RPGs is Dragon Warrior 2, looks like **** but it's an amazing game.
My personal favourite is a tie between VIII(my first, if you don't count Mystic Quest, which no one does), and VI. Great gameplay, good stories, amazing re-play potential.
There's been this shift in modern gaming where it seems like it's more important for a game to look good, than it is for the game to actually be good, and I hate it.