If you took Final Fantasy out of the name I seriously doubt it would have scored particularly high. If you rate it as a JRPG there are very few actual features that would even constitute it as such. It does the bare minimum (battle system & story) albeit very polished.
Admitedly, JRPGs this gen on HD consoles haven't been particularly good, but in the genre as a whole FFXIII can hardly be considerred good (critics included).
I think it would be the opposite. The name immediately gives high expectations and comparisons. Due to array of things surrounding the game (time of development, loss of exclusivity, general hype, etc), I feel it was going to be hated on regardless. But this isn't the thread for this discussion.
As for Khuutra, continue on! I appreciate hearing what you think as we generally agree on most things. Especially so with praise for Lost Odyssey, FFXII, etc. in this very thread.