YMMV / The English Patient

  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie is better known than the book, in as much as it's known at all, and the Seinfeld episode is known better than either of them, as mentioned above.
  • Award Snub: Mainly remembered now as the movie that snubbed Fargo for Best Picture and Director. Also, Juliette Binoche winning Best Supporting Actress over the long overdue Lauren Bacall received backlash too.
  • Ho Yay: The Patient's description of the young Bedouin boy; more subtly, his relationship with Geoffrey Clifton.
  • Hype Aversion
  • Hype Backlash: Despite receiving much acclaim when it came out, the film is now mainly remembered by some as the movie that snubbed Fargo for many awards, including Best Picture and Director. Also, the fact that it became a joke on Seinfeld doesn't help matters much.
  • Misaimed Fandom: There are people who think the Patient's affair with Katharine was a good idea. Doesn't help that the movie focused so much on that aspect of the story.
  • Never Live It Down: The film is now remembered almost entirely for being mocked on Seinfeld. You'll have more luck finding someone who can quote "Shut up about the stupid desert and just die already!" than anything from the film itself.
  • Sequel Displacement: The book is actually a sort-of-sequel to Ondaatje's earlier In The Skin Of A Lion, where Caravaggio and Hana were first introduced.