I imported this game and have played it all the way through.
I don't agree with the score - maybe you shouldn't have reviewed fire emblem when you already hate fire emblem games in the first place? But considering that handicap the review is written pretty fairly.
I felt disapointment with the in game graphics too, but they're not entirely without charm, they just could of, and should of, been so much better.
My emotions are really mixed, but in the end, I'd say it's a great experience if you are fond of the type of gameplay present in the gba games, just as you more or less conceded. Ultimately this is because the story, characters and dialogue are a honestly a cut above most rpgs, and that's a very important factor when you are going to play a game in long a established genre that, while nice and refined, is never going to blow you away with something you've just never seen before...and there are a few (four or five) GREAT fmv scenes, but they are very short.
I guess the real problem is that this is a great little game when it could have had a few years development time where the characters that fight in game were made to look amazing (like soul calibur 2 or something maybe) and each character had like 20 or so different combat animations that were all carefully conceived and animated, more of that great CG, much more, etc.
But the most crucial parts of a great game, the gameplay mechanics and story, are not weak, so if anyone wants an rpgesque experience to tide them over till Twilight Princess is unleashed, you could do a hell of a lot worse than this.
It really does have a spark about it in the end.