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Why was this so critically derided?


Has a 65% on RT, and I think Siskel and Ebert gave it a thumbs down. Yet the audience score on RT is 87%, has a 7.5 on IMDB, as well as winning the PalmD'or and getting a best picture NOM. So what gives, were these critics just following standard protocol of praising a director's previously acclaimed work, and then lambasting their next picture no matter the quality?

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Pretty sure 65% isn't bad whatsoever, although it definitely isn't great like The Killing Fields' reception. Still, I'd like a solid answer as to whether or not this film is worth watching, since it sounds like it could be magnificent at its full potential and ideally would get a percentage at least in the late 80s.

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Well personally I think this film is brilliant, if a little self-consciously "artsy" at times, which no doubt turned a lot of people off. But it has great music, acting, and cinematography. The story I think shows the real meaning of love and sacrifice. It's a damn good film.

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Because it is totally anti-American and Western hegemony. It is all
about the total hypocrisy and lies that Western society is built on, and
in the almost 40 years since it came out those lies have decimated
American culture as they have been successful in turning America away
from the way of all the other developed countries in the world ... that is,
backwards into an irrational, illogical despotic society of the elites, and
the elites control the religion - the world view, and that world view is
nothing that makes sense - that is, or way of life drives people crazy
because a human being's mind craves control and rationality, and
society, order ... and our society is set up to knock people down so they
cannot be good citizens, so that the elites can maintain control and
not be threatened.

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