For the 1996 film:
- Anvilicious: Modern transport is bad.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening title theme by Howard Shore, scored for multiple icy electric guitars, perfectly captures the weird, cold and yet highly eroticised atmosphere of the movie.
- So Okay, It's Average: General opinion of the film is that it's not bad, per say, but ultimately the controversy overhyped it significantly.
For the 2004 film:
- One of the reasons why so many people hate the fact that this film won over Brokeback Mountain.
- One major problem is the Loads and Loads of Characters means few of them get significant screentime, which combined with Haggis' desire to make a movie about racism, makes it seem like racial issues are literally the only thing any of these people ever talk about.
- Award Snub: A snub in Crash's favor - a lot of people think it won Best Picture more because it was the least controversial of the year's Best Picture contenders (with the exception of Good Night, and Good Luck.) than for the film's actual quality, and it's seen by many film critics as one of the Academy's biggest mistakes over the years. Jack Nicholson, who presented the award, has even said he was utterly shocked when he opened the envelope, which is quite apparent from his face and the little "Whoa" afterwards.
- Harsher in Hindsight: In 2013, with an increasing acceptance of homosexuality and more attention to racial tensions in the media, it's likely that if Brokeback Mountain and Crash were released now that the latter would be seen as more controversial.
- Broken Aesop: The scene where Hansen shoots Peter is meant to imply that the seemingly non-racist rookie cop has racist tendencies after all. However, if you picked up a young man of any color in a bad neighborhood, and he was dressed like a gangsta, had blood on his shoes, started laughing out of nowhere and then dove for his pocket all of a sudden, what would you do?
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Assuming you buy into the idea that the film won Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain because the voters wanted to go with the less controversial message movie, it became quite ironic when writer/director Paul Haggis left Scientology a few years later over their support of Proposition 8.
- Hype Backlash: It got a lot of this after it won Best Picture, especially since the film had come out long before the main awards season and many people had forgotten about it until the Oscars.
- Name's the Same: As a 1996 David Cronenberg film about people who get sexual thrills from being in car crashes.