Drew, being a photographer I have done my fair share of hunting for the technical flaws in my prints and in ones done by others. It can be a good schooling to see a large print done by Karsh from an 8x10, raises the bar a bit for most of us. I enjoy big McCurry prints too.
Two completely different animals and sets of expectations.
Unlike you though over time for a photo to keep good standing with me, it needs to impress me from across the room. After the initial close look, I rarely get close, I want to enjoy it as I walk by doing my chores or from where I'm sitting.