Thanks for the review. It's got to be hard writing reviews - everyone has a different perspective, so you'll never please everyone.
I agree with the score you gave it, though. As someone that's been "hardcore" gaming for more than 25 years, Skyrim is my favorite game. They just did so many things right. It's not a perfect game - the menu system and UI were fairly bad, even if their design reasoning is sound. It's a good UI, just not for an expansive, 100+ hour game. An RPG inevitably deals with loads of stuff in your inventory - accessing that information needs to be handled with a robust system for displaying that information, which Skyrim lacked. Just thinking about the text-based, non-sortable inventory system makes me mad, which is NOT the reaction Bethesda was aiming for!
For those of you that stumbled onto this review and you have Skyrim for PC, look for the mod SkyUI - it turns the horrible vanilla Skyrim UI into something that's actually usable, and almost (almost*) pleasant to use :)