Critical Dissonance: To the average viewer, Salo is a disgusting film, if they have heard or seen it. But for those who avert Small Reference Pools and recognize the Genius Bonus, this is either a searing, powerful work of art about violence and power... or still pointlessly disgusting.
Tear Jerker: The entire situation in respect to the teenagers, really, but a special mention goes to the blonde girl whose mother was murdered while trying to save her.
Vindicated by History: For many artists and critics, Salo is one of the bravest, most powerful works of art ever made. It has been featured in lists like Village Voice's 100 Films of the 20th Century and is even admired by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Michael Haneke, and Roger Ebert.