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.
YMMV: Patch Adams
Critical Dissonance: There appears to be an incredible amount of hate directed towards this movie (featuring only a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it was a financial success. Since Williams' tragic death in 2014, the film is often mentioned among many common moviegoers' favorite roles for him, as well.
Designated Hero: Besides acting like a general Jerkass to his schoolmates in an attempt to make them laugh, Patch also does several extremely ethically questionable actions, like stealing drugs from a hospital and practicing without a license. He still gets treated as in the right, even when it ends up killing two people, and the only people who call him out for his actions are treated as humorless villains. Needless to say, the real-life Hunter Adams did no such thing.
Designated Villain: As pointed out above, the people who have the gall to call out Patch for his actions, or don't think he's as funny as he thinks he is, are treated as asshats who just need to get a sense of humor. Keep in mind that some of the things Patch did are crimes, and that all of his actions led to the deaths of two people, including his girlfriend.
Don't Shoot the Message: Many of the film's fiercest critics are those who believe in new forms of medical treatment and agree with Patch that patients should be treated as more than sicknesses to be cured and there should be services for those without insurance but detest the immature way these messages are conveyed.
Making this particular one worse is that in Awakenings, Williams was portraying a doctor who was dealing with catatonic patients in the 1960's and it accurately touched upon the horror they experience being trapped inside their own heads - Sayer, the doctor, was very sensitive to their plight. Robin Williams should have seriously known better than to think this brand of humour was in any way taseful.
That stunt Patch pulls to the visiting gynecologists where he places a pair of giant inflatable legs by the college's door so the entrance resembles a giant vagina can come off as not funny, just Sick and Wrong.
And of course there's the whole "replace a real person who died with an obvious love interest for no other discernible reason other than shoving in a cheap Hollywood cliche" thing.
Remember when Patch asks what happens when a doctor becomes emotionally involved with a patient and sarcastically thinks they might explode? He finds out when his girlfriend is shot by a psychotic patient.
What makes this worse is that the killer's mental instability could have been detected had Adams run a background check.Like a doctor is supposed to do.
Glurge: ... We're supposed to find this movie inspiring and touching, when the protagonist is an unsufferable Jerk Ass who gets away with lots of crap he shouldn't?
Every single scene where Patch contemplates suicide is incredibly difficult to watch now that his actor, Robin Williams, had committed suicide himself. Also now much harsher to hear is his line, "what's wrong with death?"
Plus, Phillip Seymour Hoffman playing his roommate, as both would die before their time in the same year.
Strawman Has a Point: The villains argue that doctors should act professionally. Not exactly a bad thing.
Patch's point is that professionalism should not supersede humanity. He's criticizing the medical profession's tendency to distance themselves from their patients, to the disservice of the patient's mental well-being. He's not necessarily wrong, it's just that he tends to go too far in the other direction.
And, of course, the film goes to the lengths of making the more professional doctors into strawmen by making them so emotionally distant that they've apparently never heard of bedside manner, such as casually talking about amputating a patient's leg in front of her as if she wasn't even there.
It's important to consider the doctor's mental well-being. Getting too attached to patients and then watching helplessly as they die can really put a person out of sorts. It's why they try to be more distant in the first place.
It doesn't help when Patch does things like mock the concept of women's health, then decides that those who aren't laughing just lack a sense of humor. (Or maybe they just, you know, don't like obnoxious people?)
Another thing is a scene where Patch wonders why a doctor shouldn't get emotionally involved with their patients, when later in the film a doctor is killed by a psychotic patient that she had gotten too emotionally involved with!
At one point, Patch's roommate accuses him of cheating. Considering Patch has spent the entire movie goofing off and not studying at any point, yet also getting the highest scores of his class, that really could've used an actual counterargument, instead of just treating him as wrong.
A psychiatrist reprimands him for the bit mentioned above in Dude, Not Funny!. Again, he's treated like a strawman.
They Just Didn't Care: The real Patch Adams criticized the film for simplifying him and his ideas while prioritizing commercial viability over accuracy.
Too Dumb to Live - What an Idiot: Carin brings her own death on her own person, via being stupid enough to drive all the way to the house of a patient that is obviously unstable, without bothering to call the police or tell anyone to come with her as support. Naturally, she gets shot to death for the trouble.