Critiques of the Novus Ordo point continually to its self-description as a common meal to the exclusion of calling it a sacrifice. The self-description was an attempt to advance the idea of liturgy as a public activity, and it is clearly not meant to deny the sacrificial character of the Mass, but all take for granted that these two descriptions compete with one another.
Here’s a strong thesis: Failure to get that the Mass is a supper-sacrifice misses the whole point of Christianity.
But why not? The paschal lamb is a supper-sacrifice, and Christian passover is a meal consummated in death. But the main point is more basic. Sacrifices are essentially offered to God e.g. we kill the dove and burn it to send it up to the infinite. To eat the sacrifice is to say that man consumes that which is God’s own, that is, what is offered to God is now offered to the human person. This is the whole point of Christianity: God sharing his life with man through a grace that makes the person a participant in the divine nature.