* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The soundtrack is full of it, some of which is still fun to listen to. "Iko Iko" (by the Belle Stars) and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2h1I_NXpNA Las Vegas]]" are standouts.
* {{Glurge}}: Despite the general [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments positive]] [[SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel reception]] of the movie and awesome Oscar-winning acting on the part of Dustin Hoffman, for many autistic people, the movie's much more {{Glurge}} then anything else. The simplistic portrayal of autism in the movie, and the way it's used as a plot device to teach the "neurotypical" protagonist not to be a JerkAss, make it guaranteed FlameBait on many autistic support forums.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Perhaps due to Autism being better-known these days, some people (even autistics) find the movie pretty unremarkable despite the hype (alongside TheRainMan stereotype).
* UnfortunateImplications: Raymond Babbitt going back to the institution while Charlie goes away scotch free.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Definitely this trope, definitely this trope.