Is Ubuntu’s Unity Really All That Bad Nowadays?

Now, don’t get me wrong – when it comes to choice of desktop interface it’s a very subjective matter and often a matter of taste and what you, as the user, finds most comfortable and/or productive. Still, browse through various forums, comment sections or blogs across the internet concerning Unity or even Linux desktops in general and you’ll still likely find plenty of negativity towards Canonical’s flagship desktop offering. However, I do believe some of the common criticisms levelled at Unity are based on some of the early incarnations of that desktop. Is it really so bad nowadays?