- Awesome Music: The movie was forgettable, but the score by Vangelis, particularly the main theme, is not.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot!: Some have suggested that the film would have worked better as a miniseries than as a theatrical film, thus adding some much-needed depth to the plot and characterization and potentially avoiding the Politically Correct History for which the film has often been criticized.
- Values Dissonance: While the film's Politically Correct History made it unpopular in its original release and was undoubtably a major factor in its failure, as the collective narrative of Columbus and other Spanish/European colonizers being genocidal monsters has since become more widely accepted as a fact rather than interpretation (including among historians), a movie where he's depicted as benevolent to the natives now comes off as outright racist propaganda.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Gérard Depardieu, a famously French actor, being cast as the famously Italian Columbus raised more than a few eyebrows, though upon release many critics conceded that he did a damn good job in a film which was otherwise mediocre at best.
YMMV / 1492: Conquest of Paradise