Hmm…I understand what you mean, I don’t really like critiquing others’ work. As for reading them, it really depends on what sort of mood I’m in, how much time I have, and how appealing the title sounds. But I don’t really like giving feedback on it unless it’s positive feedback. After all, it’s someone else’s special work of art!
And also, I think the first chapter or so of any story can be a little hard to get into until you’ve really invested yourself into the story.