- Awesome Music: Jerry Goldsmith.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Nowadays, a number of people have opined that the climax with wacky pop-culture-quoting aliens is a rather lame and unsatisfying letdown after the wondrous, Amblinesque first half. Dante himself is not very proud of it.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The CGI during the dream sequences have not held up all that spectacularly.
- Special Effects Failure: Deliberately done in the movie at the drive-in. This is further played with when the Thunder Road floats in front of the screen.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: There are a lot of good effects - the spider robot walking for one.
YMMV / Explorers