- Ending Fatigue: The time duration from Maggies paralysis to the end credits is 40 minutes. Some credits complain that roughly have of the time could be removed and the film would have gone under the 2 hour mark (its 2 hours and 12 minutes long).
- Moral Event Horizon:
- Maggie's family crosses it when coming to visit her in the nursing home... after spending a week at Universal Studios and Disneyland, with the ulterior motive of wanting her to sign her money over to them. Maggie earns a Moment of Awesome by rejecting them and forcing them to leave without a cent.
- Billie the Blue Bear crosses it by being the one who disables Maggie.
- Narm: Maggie's family are such over-the-top redneck stereotypes that it can be hard to take them seriously.
- Retroactive Recognition: Apart from Jay Baruchel as Danger Barch, there's also Anthony Mackie (The Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) as Shawrelle Berry.
- Tear Jerker: One of the most depressing and heartwrenching Clint Eastwood stories.
- And the icing on the tearjerking cake is is this piece of music that plays during the end credits.
- Unfortunate Implications: The film caught a lot of flak from advocacy groups for the disabled, who claimed that it condones euthanizing paralyzed people, and that its ultimate message is "life with a physical disability isn't worth living". A few reviewers claimed that it would have been a better movie if it had ended with Maggie learning to cope with her disability and getting an education.
- The Woobie: Maggie. Oh, dear God.
- Also goes for poor ol' Danger Barch; all he wanted to do was become a prize fighter...
YMMV / Million Dollar Baby