I am not sure its a garbage review.
I can certainly see how the reviewer found issue with what he pointed out, and those things bother me as well.
I DO like the story however, and I like the art/scenery and all that.
However yes the animations are poorly, if you doubt, please start a new game and talk to the knight lady in the beginning before you go into Farghut or whatever. Watch as she twitches uncontrollably like Michael J. Fox with parkinson's disease. Some characters behave oddly like that, others don't.
But I think the review is sound, this IS a good game, however there are some technical and design issues.
(it's certainly worth paying for)