This film will always be popular with worthy film geeks but I found it very boring and pretentious beyond belief. Yes, there are some jaw-dropping effects where you ask, "How the hell did they do that in 1968?" But great effects, direction and technical wizardry does not a great film make.
I found this film to be cold and empty.
Sometimes you just have to tell the emporer and his minions - HEY, YOUR NAKED BUDDY!!