It's a movie I remember enjoying a great deal when I watched it in a cinema in Rochester, NY . . . probably when it was in its first run. Coming back to it, I've watched it in fits (which admittedly, is not fair to the movie) . . . it took me a while, for whatever reason, to warm back up to it.
But mostly, it's an earnest, lifeless movie.
Well, when Pauline Kael didn't like a movie, it was the iron fist in the velvet glove.