Like him a lot. Even his last few. Not for everyone though. Knowing your tastes/ideas, I'd go with The Thin Red Line. Then Tree of Life. Then The New World. You'll struggle with Days of Heaven and Badlands, methinks. Enjoy. He's polarising, as you say, but if he clicks with you, you could possibly find a film of his to be an all-time favourite. Like The Thin Red Line is for me. And I used to hate his ass before I saw that film.