* DesignatedHero: Several viewers have found themselves rooting for the Association, as the immigrants, what with their lack of character development and rather annoying voices, come across as less likable.
* EndingFatigue: With a runtime of three hours and 46 minutes, this is one of the biggest complaints, as the plot isn't especially viewed to be enough to fill out the running time. In particular, the epilogue is viewed as extraneous and could have been cut.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The film has received popularity within some European critics circles.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Either it's one of the worst films of the 1980's or a misunderstood masterpiece.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: Perhaps the definitive example; it's not only one of the biggest box office flops of all time, but widely considered one of the worst films of all time.
* SoOkayItsAverage: What some viewers now see the film as. While the cinematography, sets, and production design are generally seen as absolutely beautiful, the story and characters aren't viewed as being relatable or all that interesting.
* TooCoolToLive: Nathan Champion
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: The director, the cast, and everyone.
* VindicatedByVideo: After VHS and DVD releases, the film has acquired a bit of a cult following and is seeing a margin of critical revision postulating that it isn't really that bad. In particular, the 2013 re-release of the Director's Cut has been met with critical praise.
* WTHCastingAgency: This was the producers' initial response to Cimino wanting to cast French actress Isabelle Huppert as the female (American) lead. Few people would argue that Huppert is in any way a bad actress, but her role in this film is probably the one that divides critics the most; in particular, the producers and many critics shared the opinion that her dialogue is fairly incomprehensible at times. Of course, one of the producers tried ExecutiveMeddling. Cimino's response? [[spoiler:"Go fuck yourself."]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: They were extremely popular in Japan.
* SignatureSong: "Rising Sun".
* XMeetsY: ''In Control'' -album is Judas Priest mixed with early Helloween.