I somehow missed this movie when it came out in 1978, and I looked for the DVD when I saw it rated fourth in the UK Guardian's list of Maggie Smith's best movie performances. I skimmed the Amazon customer reviews before buying, and I'd say all of them are right in their own way, except maybe those that found nothing at all to like about the movie. It's a dated but interesting period piece, and I can see why there is such a range from liking to loathing for the different segments. I personally quite enjoyed the Maggie Smith/ Michael Caine sequences. I've no idea why Dame Maggie received an Oscar for her performance, except that her timing and delivery are remarkable as always: as one reviewer put it, she "turns every single one of her sow’s ear lines into a silk purse by acting as if they were very witty and amusing." It was also good to see the young Alan Alda and Jane Fonda, though I found their early scenes badly scripted and merely acerbic. I quite enjoyed some of the slapstick, especially that involving Walter Matthau and Elaine May, but the lame routines that Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor are given to work with are mostly embarrassing. All in all, a guilty pleasure, and I'll watch the movie again sometime!