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The Doors (1991)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 7

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Val Kilmer delivers what was considered one of 1991's best performances as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's hallucinatory bio-pic of the seminal 1960s rock group The Doors. Stone cuts a jagged swath through Morrison's life, starting with a childhood memory where Morrison sees an elderly Indian dying by the roadside. It picks up with Morrison's arrival in California and his assimilation into the Venice Beach culture, followed by his film school days at UCLA; his introduction to his girlfriend

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Oliver Stone, Randall Jahnson

Aug 19, 1997

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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The film really proves only that Jim was a bad drunk and a worse friend, and that in no way was his life exemplary.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (10)
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Kilmer is convincing in the lead role, although he never allows the viewer to share any emotions.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The movie does a pretty good job with period ambience. But it's a long haul waiting for the hero to keel over.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Stone sometimes loads the narrative with too much sub-Freudian baggage about Morrison's childhood, but the music, the excess and the excitement come across well.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It is made by a Morrison groupie for other groupies, a film that leaves the rest of us locked outside wondering what the fuss is about.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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I can't recall a film that evokes the myth of the Sixties more potently.

May 12, 2001 | Comments (3)
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Intense biopic full of drugs, sex and rock'n'roll.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Not exactly Stone's finest hour, but a worthwhile portrait of 1960s (counter) culture and the self-destruction of an icon.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
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By recreating things too well, the film itself becomes as boring, indulgent and over-stuffed as its hero.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (4)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Val Kilmer gives an amazing, almost pathologically correct performance in Oliver Stone's excessive but highly enjoyable biopic about Jim Morrison.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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The Doors plays out like an epic hangover one expects to never recover from.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Tedious and self-important

December 14, 2005 | Comment (1)
Lawrence Journal-World

As great a Jim Morrison as Val Kilmer may be, Stone's hallucinagenic excess becomes dull swiftly

September 10, 2005
Zap2it.com

Stone's film is a lengthy, appropriately trippy, drama chronicling the sudden rise of the band, The Doors, and how their lead singer Jim Morrison (a terrific Val Kilmer) was instantly recognized for his eccentricity and god-like presence

May 6, 2005 | Comment (1)
Moviehole

a pretentious movie about a man haunted by a naked Indian

March 8, 2005

Kilmer as the Lizard King!

July 16, 2004
FilmsInReview.com

One of the great rock 'n' roll documentaries. Val Kilmer is astounding.

May 14, 2004

Worth watching for Val Kilmer's excellent performance.

March 12, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

Kilmer and Ryan may have never been better than in the hands of Stone.

November 5, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Typical Stone bloating applied to a mystfyingly legendary band.

July 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The whole style of the film seemed oddly anachronistic.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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Audience Reviews for The Doors

Jim Morrison: This is the strangest life I've ever known.

"The Ultimate Story of Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll"

The Doors is about the best movie I could imagine being made about Jim Morrison and The Doors. Although the film may be named The Doors; it would probably make more sense if it were titled Jim Morrison, because that's really what this film is about. The sad fact is that Jim Morrison was The Doors and although the other three had amazing talent, they always seemed to be left in the shadow of Morrison. This film captures that aspect of the band extremely well. 

Oliver Stone attacks the story of Jim Morrison as he would any other story, with the most controversial topics that came up in Morrison's life. Although with Morrison as his subject, it really wasn't too hard to find controversy. Whether it be Morrison experimenting with acid and peyote, getting black out drunk, screwing every girl that came to his concerts, rebelling against authority, or possibly showing his privates at a concert; Jim Morrison is controversy.

Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison makes complete sense. Kilmer looks the part and when I say that, I mean it. He looks like Jim Morrison in a way I've only seen from one other biopic and that was Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. Kilmer does do a good job in a very complicated and difficult role. The supporting cast fills in around him nicely as well.

The Doors is a movie I really enjoyed as a Doors fan. I also love how Oliver Stone created the perfect drug infused, alcoholic, opinionated atmosphere that I would have to believe surrounded Morrison his whole life. If you're a fan of The Doors, this is an absolute must watch. For everyone else, it may still be worth a look, as it is a great music biopic. 
May 10, 2013
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Melvin White

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A good, psychedelic movie about the band the Doors, Kilmer is good playing Morrison, one of his best roles. I liked this movie.
April 29, 2011
ajv2688

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Oliver Stone's Biopic on The Doors is somewhat an imperfect attempt at telling the story of the legendary rock band of the same name. I say imperfect because most of the events that happen in the film are exaggerated. Some of the original members have claimed that Oliver Stone has ignored their input when they were making the film for his creative liberty. What we have here is a semi fictional biopic with the facts twisted around to make the story seem more dramatic. Some events in the film never did happen. This a film that is a perfect example of what happens when you sacrifice truth for fiction. But I guess it doesn't really matter as long as the film is entertaining. The film is definitely an awesome journey through the 60's. A nostalgic piece of psychedelic rock and peace and love abound in this film as Oliver Stone takes us on an unforgettable journey of the legendary rock band. The cast that he has assembled here is great especially Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison. Kilmer deliver delivers the best performance of his career in The Doors. Val Kilmer did his own vocals for Doors songs and thats one of the high points of the film. Despite the flaws, Kilmer's acting saves this film. This isn't the best biopic on a band, but it definitely isn't the worst. The thing that may be conflicting is the fact that the film focuses more on Jim Morrison than the band itself. As far as I'm concerned, This film should have been titled differently. Besides for Kilmer the rest of cast do a fine job at portraying the real people. Even if it's not 100% accurate, and it's most definitely not, The Doors is still a pretty interesting film to watch and enjoy. I thought the film was good, but flawed, but by no means terrible. Stone is still able to paint a vivid portrait of the 1960's, and succeeds fairly well in doing so. If you're a Doors fan, check this one out. But just remember that Oliver Stone fictionalized most of the story to make this film more dramatic. If it wasn't for Val Kilmer awesome portrayal of Jim Morrison, this film would be a total faillure but it isn't.
October 2, 2010
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Kilmer and Ryan weren't the right cast, but the actual movie was well written and definitely right in its assessment.
August 2, 2010
FrizzDrop

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    1. Jim Morrison: I believe in a long prolonged derangement of the senses to attain the unknown... Although I live in the subconscious, our pale reason hides the infinite from us.
    – Submitted by Haider H (2 years ago)
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