YMMV: The Green Berets

  • Critical Dissonance: Almost universally hated by critics, but a major box office hit and retains a cult following today.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The whole damn thing, but especially the ending.
  • Narm/So Bad, It's Good: The entire film could have this effect on people who've been in The Vietnam War. Gustav Hasford writes in his semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (the basis for Full Metal Jacket) that an audience of Marines was roaring with laughter when they saw the film in Vietnam. Similarly, war journalist John Pilger said about the film: "I had just come back from Vietnam, and I couldn’t believe how absurd this movie was. So I laughed out loud, and I laughed and laughed."
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: A choral arrangement of "Ballad of the Green Berets" used at the beginning.