- Broken Base: Fans and critics are divided as to whether sound killed Keaton's career. Many hated his lack of creative input (informed by MGM) and downplayed stunt acting, others thought his deadpan dialogue and verbal humour enhanced his personality and comedy.
- Moe: The guy is extremely good at looking like a kicked puppy.
- Vindicated by History: The General was hated by critics in its day, and it was not a big hit. Since then, it has been rediscovered and is now considered one of the best—if not the best—silent films ever made. Happily, he even lived to see it. Though in typical Buster style, he lamented that while it was nice it was still a "little too late" for him since he could have used the praise when he still had a chance to recover his career and make more films.
YMMV / Buster Keaton