I've done some googling lately and it seems that the "hardcore anime fans" dislike both Naruto and Bleach. (The hardcore fans seems to prefer One Piece and Hunter x Hunter over Naruto.)
I can understand if the hardcore fans don't like the shows because they are too "mainstream" (shows that are watched and praised by new, clueless anime fans.) But that doesn't make the show bad, though.
So, what do you think is bad about Naruto? What makes it a "below average anime"?
Thanks in advance.