YMMV / The Day the Clown Cried

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Big time.
  • Mis-blamed: Many people believe this was Lewis' project alone. While he did write the final treatment and direct it, the original script was around for a decade before he was involved and, as mentioned in the synopsis, there were many problems with the production that Lewis had nothing to do with.
  • Narm Charm: Some comedians who have read the script have noted that the movie falls in this trope. In fact, Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller once tried to have a public reading but they were quickly shut down by an Army of Lawyers.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: A twofer, as it's a movie with a controversial plot that Jerry Lewis prefers to never release.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The movie has been screened privately for select Hollywood insiders and this is often the reaction. Harry Shearer once saw the film and noted that it was "perfect in its awfulness". The other frequent reaction is that it's just utterly without redeeming merit.
  • Tear Jerker: It was meant to be one at least.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Lewis was convinced that he had a really good movie on his hands until he actually saw it.