Something else I want to add is in the film days when the processing was done by the lab, photographers didn't have anything to compare against. If it looked good on the light table or print, it was acceptable outside of some minor retouching and compositing from a professional standpoint.
With digital our eyes have quick access to seeing many various renderings of an image. We are constantly comparing. I accepted the look of my jpegs as looking VERY good even though I didn't notice the odd hue twists.
When I started shooting Raw I now had something to compare to the jpeg and the many ways I could make the image look different that would've never entered my mind because the jpeg was good enough.
I now make these same optically based comparative judgments on the ACR preview and don't bother comparing to the jpeg. But now on first view of the default ACR rendering I think it looks great! But then I start fiddling with the image adding clarity, contrast, brightness, apply a profile, adjust color temp, maybe some Split Tone effect and all of a sudden I have completely different and better looking image that wasn't in the initial default ACR preview.
See what I mean? It's always going to be like this in the digital world. You want to save time and hassle, you'll just have to find a way to overcome comparing and accept what you get or change it.