The Door in the Floor Reviews

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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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 14, 2004
As tenderly acted as Door is, it never finds its tone or purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
June 16, 2004
fails to even approximate reasonable human emotion or behavior
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
November 4, 2004
The audience may feel like taking a shower, just to wash this creepy movie away
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 14, 2004
As directed by second-timer Tod Williams, The Door in the Floor tackles each sequence as if it were a separate movie; the tones never match.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 23, 2004
In many ways, despite its adult sheen, it's as foolish as any other disposable summer film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 15, 2004
The Door in the Floor is a film about child abuse. The filmmakers either don't realize this or don't have the courage to admit it.
| Original Score: 1/4
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+
Arthur Lazere
July 17, 2004
Strongly character-based...[but] the balance among the characters is badly skewed and, as well, they are an unsympathetic lot
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 14, 2004
That Williams occasionally comes close to the author's layered spirit is a tribute to his passion. But the film fails on a number of levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 14, 2004
Handsome but coldly uninvolving and pretentious.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 14, 2004
If Ted Cole were writing this, he would have sailed it toward his wastepaper basket.
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John Anderson
July 14, 2004
The transformation of what Irving wrote to what Williams filmed is a classic case of diminishment by movie convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 14, 2004
Director Williams' tale never quite finds its footing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 14, 2004
Showcasing three individuals whose spiritual and physical journeys are both repellent and mundane, the film is just a long and pointless slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 16, 2004
Feels more about a situation than actual people. It's sensitively rendered, filled with those necessary evocative details, and it never rings true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
Little more than tony melodrama.
Karen Karbo
July 16, 2004
By turns absorbing, unsettling and, for lack of a better word, icky.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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November 9, 2011
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July 20, 2004
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Boston Phoenix
July 20, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 20, 2004
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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