- Eight Deadly Words: The movie really doesn't give the audience any motivation to care for the two, as what little dialogue is awashed by entire stretches of silence and the whole situation being caused by their incredible shortsightedness. In the end, the movie only serves as a test for patience.
- Faux Symbolism: Affleck's Gerry wears a black shirt with a yellow star on it, for seemingly no reason other than to incite commentary about such a striking visual. Is he meant to be the Antichrist? Some kind of messiah figure? Phoney Bone?
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The story of two guys wandering through the desert could have (further) incorporated elements of the effects it has on them. Such examples could be expanding on the mirage and giving the characters some actual background. Instead, we just get a lot of walking and pointless scenery shots.
YMMV / Gerry