Well, the OP could have perhaps worded it better. But I know exactly what he's getting at.
Agreed. I also know exactly what he's getting at, I just happen to think what he's getting at is ridiculous.
It's certainly not naive to see an actor choose less meaty roles and point out those roles haven't matched performances of their early career. To me, that's just a simple statement of fact.
It's not naive to observe an actor choose less meaty roles and point out that you are of the opinion those roles haven't matched earlier performances; that's one thing. It's quite another to allow expectation to be influenced by hype and then quantify it in terms of failure. That indeed is naive, it's essentially a failure to manage expectations.
I think showing disappointment towards an artist for knowingly not trying to be everything they can be is a fair form of criticism that goes back centuries.
Yes, but its something most of us grow out of as we mature.