I didn't *hate* it when I first saw it like Billdude but both me and my dad (who took me to see it in the theater when it first came out- he's a big Coen bros fan) were pretty perplexed by it. It definitely was unique but I certainly didn't think it was particularly funny (in my defense, I was 15 years old at the time so much of the humor probably went over my head) and it just sorta seemed like Coen bros weirdness by numbers. It wasn't until I rewatched it that something clicked and I realized that it was a masterpiece. Hey, it's like the "Trout Mask" of film (wouldn't be surprised if folks had already compared the 2). Been awhile since I've seen it so maybe I should throw it on.