These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: War of the Worlds
The TV series has examples of:
Creator's Pet - Debbie, who goes on to dominate many of the second season episodes, and is eventually the one who kills the lead Morthren in the season finale.
Fridge Logic - It's discovered in the first episode that the bacteria that put the aliens into hibernation is killed off by radiation. It looks the creators forgot that each one of the war machines had an UNSHIELDED nuclear reactor powering it.
Seasonal Rot: Most diehard fans tend to hold the opinion that the changes from the first to second season (which included the deaths of several major and supporting characters - including the villains of the first season, the world flipping over Twenty Minutes into the Future and most of the first-season plot threads dropped in favor of standalone episodes) caused the show's death.
Faux Symbolism: When Ray and Rachel arrive in Boston, one of the first things they see there is a statue of a Minuteman covered in dying alien weeds.
Hate Dumb: Quite some people were annoyed and frustrated by the ending, not knowing it was lifted directly from the novel.
Taken all together, Rachel screaming takes up less than a minute of screen time in a 2-hour movie. It doesn't stop people from exaggerating.
HSQ: Spielberg keeps this as high as possible. One scene, a clever nod to the original story, involves a crowd of people, including our protagonists, walking through town, when a railroad crossing signal sounds. Everybody clears the tracks as the gate comes down. Then the train passes. It is on fire. It leaves, the gates go up, and it is not commented on by anyone. Roger Ebert, who gave the film a mixed but mostly negative review, called this scene "unforgettable".