I liked them for different reasons. I liked the more comedic aspect that the movie added, which definitely made it more for children then the book had, but as is with quite a few movie adaptations, I look at them as too separate things.
Oh, I agree that because books and movies are experienced differently, they have to be evaluated differently. I'm just not a fan of predictable Hollywood formula plots that cater to a mass audience. I prefer stories - in print or on screen - that are as nuanced, quirky and original as Neil Gaiman's writing always is. It's probably why I'm drawn to "foreign" and "indie" films, since they tend to care more about the art of storytelling and less about the business of selling movie tickets. Which isn't to say I hate all Hollywood blockbusters - I loved Avengers - but I'm far less wowed by the Hollywood glitz.
Yeah I definitely agree with you, though like with the Avengers I get some of the hollywood films as well. I'm not much of a movie watcher in general though so I don't get to experience quite as many different kinds of film.