No arguments there - although I do remember feeling very frustrated about how Eyes Wide Shut was received. It was a difficult, complex film, largely for serious cinephiles, loaded with all sorts of tricks and in-jokes. Extremely self-indulgent on Kubrick's part, but a joy to watch if you 'got it'. Most didn't, and the reactions were predictable enough. The problem there, however, was that it was marketed as a steamy sexual thriller for the mainstream market, starring two of the world's biggest stars, and that was just plain misleading, even though you can see why they did it. How do you sell a film to the public that's best described as a man struggling to deal with his own insecurities and who projects these insecurities onto the real world around him, creating a dreamlike fantasy world which is shattered in the cold, harsh light of the reality of the following day? Even so, it's still irritating when something like EWS is dismissed by a reviewer or blogger as 'dross', with virtually no elaboration - making it quite clear that the reviewer didn't really make any sort of effort to understand what it was trying to do. I don't think that's the case with any of the SW films, though. They're really not that difficult to understand, or 'get'. I think certain SW films click with certain people or don't, due to the style in which they're told. It's more a matter of personal taste than anything else (which is why, for example, I prefer TPM to AOTC, even though I completely understand the issues others have with both).