The Door in the Floor Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 22, 2004
A limited success.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 16, 2004
This is a film to wrap around yourself like a blanket, huddling from life's harshness and tasting its riches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
August 16, 2004
Bridges and Basinger craft deeply layered, complicated characters whose flaws are substantial yet compelling enough to be liked by audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
August 16, 2004
Leaves the viewer with lots to think about but not much hope for the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 13, 2004
One of the more faithful adaptations of a John Irving novel to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 13, 2004
Bridges' performance is a marvel of hard acting made to look easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
August 13, 2004
I failed to connect with any one of the film's three main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 10, 2004
Awash in lame symbolism, proud to pimp its salt-air locations and comely actors, and equipped with exactly zero governing notions of human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
August 10, 2004
I can't forgive a movie for boring me. I can be offended, upset, incensed or infuriated. Take everything I hold sacred...and throw human waste on it.... Just don't bore me.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
While the film is a pleasure to behold, it is Jeff Bridges as successful author Ted Cole who is worth more than the price of a ticket.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Since when are dullness and realism synonymous?
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 6, 2004
Williams bravely blends moments of levity into what is inherently a serious subject and also lends the film a restrained but stylish aura appropriate for the story's tony setting in the Hamptons.
| Original Score: 8/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 5, 2004
The richly rewarding film is funny, sexy, tragic, touching and sometimes kind of sweetly bizarre
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 5, 2004
There is something almost too familiar about its themes of marital discord, familial breakdown, and taboo relationships
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
August 1, 2004
This is essentially an actor's film and the principals are all solid, with both Basinger and Bridges turning in some of their best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
A fundamentally depressing piece of work -- not because it deals with tragic events and memories but because the characters seem hapless and even stupid, and the writer-director can't, or won't, take control.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 30, 2004
One of those movies that screws up the small details while tapping into the larger issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 29, 2004
While the story trips over all the symbolism and takes a glib turn, it is rarely sentimental.
| Original Score: 3/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
July 29, 2004
An excellent rendering of the first third of A Widow for One Year, and one of the best John Irving adaptations to date thanks to the Oscar (R)-worthy Bridges and Basinger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 29, 2004
Well-composed as it is, The Door in the Floor is far too precious to evoke much more than a distanced, aesthetic appreciation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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