What films have you made, I'd like to check them out. When it comes to hardcore critics, I always like to see what their eye in film is like.
And also, do people like you expect an original story, as you say you saw the ending coming, well, can't you say that about every film? How many people actually have an ending that wasn't expected? You as a film persona should know that and how difficult that is to pull off. The last movie I was genuinely surprised at the ending was Sixth Sense, that was 14 years ago.
I don't expect a completely original story. I expect a film not to insult my intelligence. And, if it can't find ways to make it a new take on familiar material, then it's all just stale.
No, you can't say that about every movie. Not every ending is expected. But, most good movies with good endings can keep the audience interested enough throughout to not anticipate the ending, even if it's an expected ending... Case in point: Die Hard. We KNOW that John McClane is gonna make it to the end. He's our main character. BUT, the movie has suspense and anticipation to make us doubt if he'll make it to the end even if we know he will. That's the difference.
Most good movie also tend not to tip their hand, and totally expose the ending before the ending happens. Yes, it's difficult to make a good ending. That doesn't mean I'm gonna give this film a pass for that reason when the ending is sh*t.