The problem I find with review forums in general (not just for hosting) is that the people most likely to post to them are the people who have had bad experiences. This in general I feel makes the reviews a bit skewed towards the negative. Thats not to say that negative reviews shouldn't be ignored there may be a reason for them.
A lot of the review sites seem to be just a load of rubbish anyway and are simply set up to punt affiliate codes.
The best thing to do is to choose a host with a money back guarantee so if it does go wrong you don't lose out. Pay by credit card if possible to get insurance through that.
My personal experience with dreamhost is that they are reliable, if there is a problem they usually give full information on what happened and what they have done to avoid the same problems in future. The service is great for what it costs.
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