Not too long ago, I read Flannery O'Conner's Wise Blood. (See my review here.) I did not like the book, but glutton that I am, I decided to pick up the movie. So, first strike: a movie based on a book I really didn't like. Second strike: it's part of the Criterion Collection, a series of films noted for being supposedly important or artful. However, many of the films in that collection are frankly intolerable and unwatchable, for all their technical or artistic merits.
I know some of O'Conner's fans were happy to see Wise Blood on film, and again when Criterion put it on DVD. Maybe I'm too shallow, too dumb, not reflective and thoughtful enough, or have bad taste, but this movie didn't do anything for me.
Bottom line, 1 1/2 stars.