- Critical Dissonance: One of the highest-grossing movies of 2000 despite middling reviews.
- Funny Moments: Mary Feur's very, very loud sex noises.
Claire: What is he doing to her?
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- In-universe. Norman's remorse over his affair with Madison and her supposed suicide seems genuine enough to make you feel sorry for him. Until you learn that he murdered the poor girl and his "remorse" was either all an act or completely self-centered
- Harrison Ford's character dies by drowning, while years later Ford's famous character Rick Deckard nearly suffered the same fate at the climax of Blade Runner 2049 until Ryan Gosling swoops in and rescues him in time.
- He Really Can Act: Many people who grew up watching Harrison Ford play a hero in so many movies are actually shocked that not only is he the killer, but he plays it just as naturally as he plays his heroes.
- Nightmare Fuel: Many, particularly involving Madison's apparitions, including the corpse.
- Older than You Think: While it is a surprise that Ford is the Big Bad, this is not the first time he played a villain, having played ones such as American Graffiti and a Villain Protagonist in The Mosquito Coast, which Ford's character is also a Decoy Protagonist like Norman due to his actor's star power and notability for normally playing heroes. Also, Ford has been offered villain roles before even though he has been passed aside such as a Corrupt Corporate Executive in Santa Claus: The Movie and the titular role as The Terminator.