YMMV / The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

  • Award Snub: While the film made a number of critical top ten lists, it was nominated only for Best Supporting Actor and Cinematography, winning neither. Special mention must go to Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' beautiful score which didn't make the list of nominees.
    • There's also, unfortunately, not even a category at most awards shows for the narration by Hugh Ross, which gave the film so much of its unique effect.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire soundtrack, particularly during the titular death scene. It's written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, who also supplied the sountrack to The Proposition.
  • Ending Fatigue: The title event occurs about two hours into the film, but the film continues for more than a half hour, tracing the Ford brothers' lives for years after the event. Some viewers felt that the film should have wrapped up quickly after the murder, apparently failing to realize that Robert Ford is just as much a main character as Jesse James. A rumored director's cut that has yet to see the light of day supposedly continues for a full two hours after the murder.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Both Jesse James and Robert Ford. Jesse is a murderous bully and Ford is a sniveling snake-in-the-grass, yet both are so beat up by their problems that you can't help but feel for them.
  • Memetic Mutation: The film's infamous Long Title spurred a meme of replacing the two nouns with other characters.
  • Misaimed Fandom: As per the historical precedent, there are a group of viewers who still see Jesse as being a hero and all around wonderful person.
  • Older Than They Think: Many people think that this film was one of the first to examine the fallacy in romanticizing Jesse James and despising Robert Ford. However, I Shot Jesse James also featured a sympathetic portrayal of Robert Ford and largely dealt with Jesse and Robert's friendship. The main difference is that I Shot Jesse James took a lot more artistic liberties with history and focused more on Robert's life after Jesse's death than this film did.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The titular death scene.
    • Jesse breaking down and crying after completely snapping and beating on a child.
    • The final narration describing Bob's fate.
    • The scene of Bob at the bar while a man sings a song vilifying him, and he realizes that he is despised for what he did.
  • The Woobie: Bob, especially in real life where he's labelled a coward and sadly is only remembered for that.
    • To add insult to injury, his grave even just states: "Robert Ford: The Man Who Shot Jesse James". Ouch.