Originally Posted by BlankCanvasDJ
Sure, some would say the greatest American movie ever made, but "fairly decent" works too.
Which is probably the biggest barrier to it being enjoyed, honestly. People who don't understand cinematography, who don't know the context of the film, who don't understand what it pioneered may go straight to it, watch it, and completely miss what's entirely special about it.
This is a movie that is EXTREMELY layered and well-crafted. Roger Ebert actually has an excellent commentary track on the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the film(from before he lost his voice, obviously) where he helps outline what this film did and why it's considered so great without requiring a semester of Film History 101.