- Harsher in Hindsight: The movie was pulled out of its run in Japan due to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Later, the studio donated profits from the film's DVD sales to humanitarian aid.
- Narm: The scene with Matt Damon allegedly channeling the dead twin isn't particularly convincing and kind of hilarious if you're in the right mood.
- Many people believe Damon wasn't really reading the twin's brother (by the end at least), so the fact that it's "unconvincing" could very well be the point.
- One-Scene Wonder: Richard Kind, Bryce Dallas Howard, and several others. The smaller parts are extremely well cast.
- Tear Jerker: Several, but a prevalent one is Melanie's breakdown after George reads her.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: The opening with the tsunami. Despite being all CGI, the effects are very realistic. The film went on to get a well-deserved (if controversial) Academy Award nomination for its visual effects.