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The Door in the Floor Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 17, 2004
One of the best Irving adaptations, a movie with a sad soul and something to say about that state in us all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Since when are dullness and realism synonymous?
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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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 23, 2004
Not one enigmatic person in The Door in the Floor asks to be liked, but you like them anyway.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 23, 2004
I can't say I minded the movie too much, but I can't say it ever grabbed me, which is how I feel about every other movie adapted from an Irving novel.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 23, 2004
More than once during the movie, you'll find yourself thinking 'Who are these people, and why am I sitting here watching them?'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 22, 2004
If The Door in the Floor is good enough for Irving, who's often distanced himself from films based on his books, it's certainly good enough for the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 20, 2004
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 20, 2004
The movie appears to be made for an audience whose highest aspiration is to be WASPs -- and it feels long enough to produce enough generations of them to fill an Andover reunion.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
Little more than tony melodrama.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 16, 2004
Irving writes about the consequences of the choices we make with endless and honest empathy for the flawed and damaged, and Williams does that too, allowing us to feel deeply for Ted, Marion and the future of Ruth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 16, 2004
We're asked to care about a self-absorbed children's author, his depressive, self-absorbed wife and their self-absorbed 16-year-old assistant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 15, 2004
Compelling than satisfying.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 14, 2004
It's easily the most robust and compelling movie ever spun off from Irving's work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 14, 2004
A carefully conceived, thoughtfully orchestrated effort in taste and restraint that ultimately is too restrained and tasteful.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 14, 2004
After Garp, this is the best screen treatment of the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
July 14, 2004
An American tragedy, exquisitely shot in the muted tones of the New England painter's scenes of desolation and disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
July 14, 2004
A languorous, fitfully compelling screen adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 14, 2004
[Bridges] bursts through The Door in the Floor like it was made of plywood and, in the process, delivers the year's first full-bodied dramatic performance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 14, 2004
Extraordinary in every way, from the pitch-perfect performances to the delicate handling of explosive subject matter, The Door in the Floor is also a model of page-to-screen adaptation.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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John Anderson
Newsday
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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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 14, 2004
Jeff Bridges offers perhaps the wittiest and richest piece of screen acting by an American man so far this year in the best movie yet made from John Irving's fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 14, 2004
Perversely gripping.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2004
An unassuming pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 14, 2004
Something feels missing here -- like a middle and an end, maybe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 14, 2004
Well-acted, well-shot, humorous, touching, thoughtful and sharp, it nonetheless is missing that certain spark that lifts solid work above itself.
| Original Score: B-
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 14, 2004
A masterwork? Not really, but Door in the Floor has been made with devotion to the spirit of the material that inspired it.
| Original Score: B
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 14, 2004
[Jeff Bridges] is absolutely riveting in The Door in the Floor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 14, 2004
Williams handles the main line of the story, the war between Ted and Marion, clearly and strongly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 14, 2004
A stunningly well-acted drama for grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
July 13, 2004
At times it plays like an affecting portrait of a marriage on life support intersecting with an earnest coming-of-age story, at times like a Lands' End catalog in which all the models have been instructed to squint at the middle distance.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 13, 2004
For the most part, The Door in the Floor is well-made, and it held my attention throughout, but this is one of those motion pictures where it's easier to admire than like the final result.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 12, 2004
[I]t's so strong and the performance by Basinger and by Bridges and this young actor, there's such good work and there are some quiet moments of grief that really hit you ...
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David Rooney
Variety
June 18, 2004
A thoughtful, melancholy story of love, loss, pain, betrayal and the lingering after-effects of tragedy.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 17, 2004
Graced by bold performances, lyrical visuals and, most notably, Irving's own words, which have made the transition quite intact thanks to a faithful but still filmic adaptation by writer-director Tod Williams.