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  • Awesome Music: The Ominous Latin Chanting-like track "Enae Volare" by Era.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • A minor one for trailer of Bastille Day: the date 1789 is dropped in it. The movie is actually set in 1793, which is a completely different part of the Revolution altogether.
    • The English title for the same film features a similar error: Bastille Day refers to the storming of the Bastille, which happened in 1789. The movie is set in 1793, and the historical and political context was way different, again.
  • Critic-Proof: Critical reception to The Corridors of Time was mostly negative. It still was the third highest-grossing film in France in 1998 with approximately 8 million tickets sold. It was only surpassed by Le Dîner de Cons (9 million) and Titanic (20.5 million) that year.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Bastille Day was lambasted by critics, but many agreed that Nicolas Vaude playing Maximilien Robespierre was probably the best thing about it. Probably a case of Took the Bad Film Seriously.
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  • First Installment Wins: The first film is still unanimously considered as the best.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Béatrice's husband (played by Christian Bujeau), the prissy, Butt-Monkey dentist who is totally helpess when stranded in Middle Ages? Fast-forward a few years, and the same actor is now the swordsmaster, one of the very rare competent warriors in the court of Kaamelott.
    • Christian Clavier played Jacquouillet, Jacquouille's 18th century descendant, who accompanies Napoléon Bonaparte at the end of The Corridors of Time. Fours years later, Clavier played Napoleon himself in a miniseries.
    • Christian Clavier played a resistant in Papy fait de la Résistance (Gramps Is in the Resistance). Now he's part of Les Collaborateurs, at the end of Bastille Day.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The critical consensus regarding The Corridors of Time.
  • Memetic Mutation: The film's tremendous success upon release in France, its multiple reruns on TV up to this day and, of course, the Internet, helped cementing its memorable quotes in French pop culture:
    • "OH-KAAAAAY!!!"
    • "MONTJOIE! SAINT-DENIS!" and "Que trépasse si je faiblis!"
    • "Bourse molle!"
    • "C'est diablerie!"
    • "Sache que le Roy ne se prend point, même au jeu d'échecs !"
    • "Messiiiire! Messiiiiire! Un Sarrasin!"
    • "Merci la gueuse! Tu es un laideron mais tu es bien bonne!"
    • "Il pleut comme vache qui pisse!"
    • "Jour! Nuit! Jour! Nuit! Jour! Nuit!"
    • "Mais qu'est-ce que c'est que ce bin's?!"
    • "Mais dehors les romanos!"
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Several Les Visiteurs video games were released by Ubisoft around the release of The Corridors of Time, and none of them was well received.
    • Les Visiteurs: La Relique de Sainte Rolande is a third-person adventure game that received negative reviews (mostly for its bad graphics, horrible camera angles and badly designed labyrinth-like levels). It has been reviewed by Joueur du Grenier here.
    • Les Visiteurs on Game Boy Color didn't receive much better reviews.
    • Les Visiteurs on PC, a boring and glitchy Point-and-Click Game. It uses a lot of bits from the first two films as cutscenes.
  • Sequelitis: So far, none of the sequels surpassed the original or lived up to it.
    • The Corridors of Time did not get anywhere near as good a reception as the first.
    • Ditto Bastille Day, which was critically panned.