- Critical Dissonance: Like most of Puccini's operas, Turandot still sells out at the box office, but at least one major critic, the musicologist Joseph Kerman, is not convinced: 'Nobody would deny that dramatic potential can be found in this tale. Puccini, however, did not find it.'
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole opera — which is kind of the problem, according to Puccini's critics, who maintain that underlining every single moment with Awesome Music of Awesomeness tends to kill the actual drama. The ticket sales remain undiminished.
- Designated Hero: Calaf's stubborness and general refusal to care about anything except winning Turandot's hand, as well as Liu dying for him, don't endear him to some viewers. Lampshaded in certain productions where Timur, Calaf's father, disowns his son after Liu's death.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: Not a few viewers seem to interpet the finale that way. Really, a Happy Ending literally minutes after the best person in the whole opera killed themselves, doesn't look too convincing.
- Tear Jerker: It's a Puccini opera, what else did you expect?
- True Art Is Angsty: As an opera. But it actually has a Happy Ending!