i first saw this movie in 2005 and blogged about it here. it's a really strange film. it's very dated (you can tell it's the early 70's by the clothing and music in every scene.) but it's also still fresh & innovative. it doesn't look like any movie before it. you can see how it influenced modern filmakers, especially wes anderson.
the lead actor (bud cort) is the ultimate "cult actor" in the ultimate "cult film". there were moments when i thought he was a terrible actor. then he'd do something on screen that seemed so magical & brilliant.
i guess that sums up the movie for me. at times it's uncomfortable and awkward, then it becomes magical and heartbreaking. yeah.