- Award Snub: Similar to most of the Coen films before Fargo, this was relatively ignored come Oscar time (outside of a few warranted nominations for technical categories like Art Direction along with Best Supporting Actor for Michael Lerner as Jack Lipnick). In particular, John Turturro's and John Goodman's performances deserved far more consideration (though Goodman at least scored a Golden Globe nod).
- Doing It for the Art: Barton's life of the mind of the common man.
- Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The further you get into the movie, the less you can believe it is meant to be taken literally.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Scenes with Barton and producer Ben Geisler are funnier once you realize it is an interaction between Adrian and Ambrose Monk years before that show even was produced.
- Heartwarming Moments: Much of Barton and Charlie's dialog just makes you feel fuzzy. It all goes down the drain after The Reveal, however.
- Ho Yay: Barton denies that his relationship with Charlie was some sort of sex thing, claiming that they just wrestled.
- When they first meet, Charlie offers to buy Barton a drink. Some critics noted that the phrase sounds as a typical pick-up line.
- Nightmare Fuel: You commit some incredibly minor offense against someone, such as a noise complaint. By an unfortunate coincidence, this individual turns out to be a complete psychopath who proceeds to methodically murder everyone you know in revenge while simultaneously posing as your friend.
- Rooting for the Empire: Charlie Meadows, of all people.
- Strawman Has a Point: Jack Lipnick at the end.
YMMV / Barton Fink