The reviews from fans have been overwhelmingly positive, but bear in mind that these are the ultra-fans who had participated in the crowdfunder for the movie. They love the director’s work more than average people.
When Bill Zebub filmed Scienceless Fiction, he wanted to see if a viewer could be trusted to interpret a movie in a positive tone despite characters saying and doing vile things. The message was positive but the characters were negative. Unfortunately, this movie nearly caused a riot when it played a horror convention in Canada, which resulted in no more movies being played for that event. However, a GOOD result came out of this – some of the people who hated the movie were told, by fans who understood it, what the intentions were, and when they saw the movie again with a new attitude, they loved it.
This taught Bill Zebub that it is better to give viewers a bit more information. Clowna Nostra has the same amount of despicable characters, but the story is more accessible, and also far more open to personal interpretation. It is by no means a mainstream movie, and it does not have the formulaic three-act structure of commercial movies. People might hate it simply for that reason, but it’s much better than if people hate it for being something that it is not.
Maybe you will like to take a chance on this one.