These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Ending Fatigue: You'd think the story would end with Judah winning the chariot race.
But the point of the whole story is to show that getting personal revenge over Massala was ultimately meaningless and that winning the race wasn't what allowed Judah to come to terms with his past. You can't get that by ending with the chariot race.
Unfortunate Implications: In light of the Ambiguously Gay subtext concerning Messala (see main page) some might view his death during the chariot race as gay bashing (made at a time when most people, not just Hollywood, saw homosexuality as some terrible perversion).
Visual Effects Of Awesome: Even today the sea battle sequence is spectacular (even if the bright blue water breaks suspension of disbelief somewhat), to say nothing of the chariot race.