- Adaptation Displacement: Most people have not heard of the original novel, and Joanne Harris herself has described the film as "milk chocolate" while the novel is along the lines of "dark chocolate".
- Harsher in Hindsight: The plot about Serge (Peter Stomare) abusing his wife Josephine (Lena Olin), considering what recently came out about one of the main stars.
- Les Yay: Between Vianne and Josephine. Much.
Vianne: (to Josephine) It's alright to feel this way. It's allowed.
- Overshadowed by Controversy: The film is remembered more for its ridiculously aggressive Oscar campaign than for its actual quality.