There are exceptions, however.
A surreal moment happened earlier this week when I got a critique of a sci-fi short story I'm working on. This story is essentially about a woman who wakes up in a Matrix-y kind of puzzle platform adventure. She's being guided around by the disembodied voice of an unseen technical administrator. I think it's a pretty nice blend of high-concept science fiction and low-brow humor, but this person who critiqued me thought I had attempted to write a thriller and missed the target entirely.
The critiquer... critic? ...critter? The gal who critiqued me took about the first 1000 words worth of narrative, re-wrote it from the ground up as an action-thriller, and in doing so, she stripped out all of the humor and character development. It was pretty jarring and I would have dismissed it as an outlier, except that it was the very first critique I received. So I had to wonder if she didn't maybe have a point.
Anyway, I'm sure her heart was in the right place, I just don't think she understood what I was trying to do. Thankfully, I've gotten some other critiques back, so I know that at least somebody understands.