• R, 2 hr. 18 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Oliver Stone
    In Theaters:
    Mar 1, 1991 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 19, 1997
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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The Doors Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

Morrison is played with uncanny authenticity by Val Kilmer. The performance is utterly convincing without being terribly illuminating.

Full Review Source: Tulsa World | Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2014
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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For a while, the obviousness and flat-out vulgarity are sort of entertaining, and it might be possible to enjoy the movie as a camp classic if you could ignore the mean-spiritedness that keeps breaking through.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 17, 2014
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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Hysteria, however skillfully maintained, should never be mistaken for art -- a caution that applies equally to Stone and his subject.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2014
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While it has its moments, taken by itself, The Doors amounts to little more than an impressionistic look at a boy and his death wish.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 17, 2014
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Insidiously funny and remarkably truthful about the psychedelic rock scene in the late 1960.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 17, 2014
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The flaw in the film is its unrelenting tone of bombast. It never gives you a break. You ache for a moment of quietude, an escape from the lizard king's cranium.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2014
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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The whole movie is white hot, lapped in honeyed golds, evilly blue and black or drenched in those swoony, fiery reds. The Doors blasts your ears and scorches your eyes.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

June 17, 2014
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The much-anticipated film is a psychedelic circus that turns into the worst nightmare of a bad trip. It`s an experience.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 17, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Both a vibrant tribute to rock cult figure Jim Morrison and to the decade in which he flourished.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 17, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The movie is weighed down by its enchantment with the mythology, as opposed to the reality, of Morrison's life -- a mythology that needs to be explored, not simply reproduced on the wide screen.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

June 17, 2014
David Parkinson
Radio Times

Val Kilmer does, however, pull off a remarkable impression of the troubled vocalist, although he's more convincing on stage than he is in his drunken, drug-fuelled reveries.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2014
Andrew Lowry
Total Film

Val Kilmer gives the performance of his career as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's biopic, so it's a shame the surrounding film lets him down.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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After the first hour or so of The Doors, the only door I wanted to see was the one marked ''EXIT.''

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

June 17, 2014
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Stone is not the most subtle of directors, but he has the ability to translate his passion for subject matter (he's an unabashed admirer of Morrison) to the screen with a strong visual flair. That talent in evidence here.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 17, 2014
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Whatever reservations one may have about this exhausting, dark-side-of-the-'60s epic, there can be little doubt that Stone has captured a particular, bombs-away brand of rock & roll excess with definitive candor.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 7, 2011
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

The attempts to plumb Morrison's sensitive side, his (pretentious) philosophical bent and his struggle to channel his considerable talents positively are something of a blur in the trippy kaleidoscope.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 28, 2011
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media

Intense biopic full of drugs, sex and rock'n'roll.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2011
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 21, 2008


Not exactly Stone's finest hour, but a worthwhile portrait of 1960s (counter) culture and the self-destruction of an icon.

Full Review Source: Film4

December 3, 2007
Variety Staff
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Kilmer is convincing in the lead role, although he never allows the viewer to share any emotions.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 3, 2007
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