Critics at the time labeled it "confusing"; I don't see how, considering that you hear what everyone is thinking, all the time, and they repeat their key thoughts constantly so that their actual acting never has to do the job of telling the story.
What we get, at best, are enthralling shots. At worst, most scenes seem out of a stilted chamber-drama, with backstory-burdened dialogue and stiff lines. A soporific languor often takes hold. Certain moments just come off as kitschy.
Flashy special effects at the time still hold up decently today. Originally, the film was shown theatrically with a hand out that gives you definitions and background information. Before watching the film, it help if you brush up on the Hebert world by