* CriticalDissonance: The film has quite a fanbase for a movie with a 36% rotten on Website/RottenTomatoes.
* TearJerker: After [[spoiler:Ivan dies]], Angus meets his chess partner in the park and [[spoiler:resigns Ivan's king]]. While PeterGabriel sings "Washing of the Water".
* OneSceneWonder: [[WestSideStory Rita Moreno]] as dance instructor Madame Rulenska.
* TheWoobie: Even though he doesn't take much shit from Rick, it's hard to not feel sorry for Angus at times, especially the times when he pours his heart out to his grandpa. Angus' best bud Troy moreso, because he's a little guy and can't fight back (though he's [[TheNapoleon somewhat mouthy]]).