Originally Posted by Boosh
I seem to remember that being commercially
and critically well recieved.
When it came out on DVD, yes.
On theatrical release, Total Film was one of the few magazines to recognise it as the masterpiece that it is. Most were appalled by the apparent preaching of violence etc!
e.g. Entertainment Weekly in America despised it, then later named it as Must-Have DVD of the Year!
Roger Ebert's reversal is my favourite: not prepared to admit he was wrong with his first review, he weakly suggested the film was more concerned with style than meaning...
Anyway, I believe I read it was the same thing commercially - awful results on theatrical, great on DVD.