The Doors Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
June 17, 2014
Morrison is played with uncanny authenticity by Val Kilmer. The performance is utterly convincing without being terribly illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 17, 2014
Insidiously funny and remarkably truthful about the psychedelic rock scene in the late 1960.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
June 17, 2014
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.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 17, 2014
The much-anticipated film is a psychedelic circus that turns into the worst nightmare of a bad trip. It`s an experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2014
Both a vibrant tribute to rock cult figure Jim Morrison and to the decade in which he flourished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Intense biopic full of drugs, sex and rock'n'roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
December 3, 2007
Not exactly Stone's finest hour, but a worthwhile portrait of 1960s (counter) culture and the self-destruction of an icon.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 22, 2007
Val Kilmer gives an amazing, almost pathologically correct performance in Oliver Stone's excessive but highly enjoyable biopic about Jim Morrison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 27, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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Steve Grant
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 19, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 6, 2005
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
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
July 16, 2004
Kilmer as the Lizard King!
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
June 17, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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