Old fashioned scuttle shake? He's got to be kidding. This car feels as planted and solid as any roadster I've ever driven - and there's been a few. I think there are some critics that just are dying to come up with clever negative remarks to make them seem more, well, clever. And, its a gorgeous car. Maybe its just that I've always found the MX-5 looks too much like a toy, but I just don't get it.
Unless he just came out of driving some of the stiffest vehicles you could run on a road course track or on local roads but this is also why I don't depend on just one source. Often its better to look to who has driven enough vehicles along the lines of what you want that can provide feedback most valuable to you.