- Broken Base: You can find just as many people, fans and critics alike, who label The Final Cut as Pink Floyd's best album as you can find people who label it as their worst. It's also one of their lowest-selling post-Dark Side releases.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Critics, fans, and the other members of Pink Floyd have criticized the album for Roger Waters' relentlessly bleak lyrics. It's also one of the band's lowest-selling post-Dark Side releases.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Post-9/11, someone screaming "Get your filthy hands of my desert!", followed by a plane flying over and an explosion being heard can be eerily prophetic and disturbing.
- Never Live It Down: The album is infamous for its credit, "By Roger Waters, Performed By Pink Floyd."
- Tear Jerker: "The Final Cut". Especially if you've attempted suicide or had suicidal thoughts.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Much of the reason for its divisiveness is because of how different the sound of the album is to the rest of the band's discography, going for a more simple style with less instrumentation and more focus on the lyrics.
- Vindicated by History: While the album's divisiveness among fans and critics certainly hasn't dissipated altogether since 1983, it's at least cooled down in the album's favor to a noticeable degree, particularly after the retroactive addition of "When the Tigers Broke Free" from Pink Floyd -- The Wall in 2004 and Roger Waters' performance of songs from the album in solo shows. Retrospective reviews have praised the quality of Waters' songwriting on the album. It's still one of the band's lowest-selling post-Dark Side releases, though.
YMMV / The Final Cut