I write reviews as bluntly as a scent hits me and stays with me. I figure people should know all types of reactions from all types of noses.
As for reading reviews. I do depend on them but only to a certain point. I look for things that might scare me off. BUT I'm starting to learn that many scents that I found great on me get mixed reviews here and sometimes it is for basic stuff that has no meaning like, "nothing to this stuff"; "just like others;" "dosn't really impress me" To me those might be coming from someone who loves niche and thinks all non-niche is horrble copycats. I actually like many normal, non-niche stuff so I try to read a little deeper into the comments regarding the notes.