When I read that, I interpreted it as him criticizing her friends to just her in private. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. To really be in that close of a relationship, people have to deal with everything about that specific other person, including that person's specific background, specific level of maturity, and specific quirks. It sucks I know but some of us men need to be treated like boys once in a while. Figure out how deep it goes or if it's just superficial. I have been thinking about "separating" for a while to get another perspective in figuring this out.
It's as if such a person literally doesn't know what else to say to participate in a conversation; someone with an interactive routine of criticising criticises continuously because it's what they understand conversation to consist of.
Then I just stopped talking and mostly stopped caring. He has managed to cope with this being a neat freak and I can't ever thank him enough for cleaning up and helping me find my lost belongings. Learning when to keep one's mouth shut is a great skill. Critical can be personally or generally--always finding fault in something. Most of the people who are close to me appreciate my feedback. I am an abstract, autonomous type-of guy and he is down-to-earth, no-nosense man. When I read the comments, it seems like several people interpreted as him criticizing her friends to their faces.