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The Doors Reviews

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
June 17, 2014
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2014
Hysteria, however skillfully maintained, should never be mistaken for art -- a caution that applies equally to Stone and his subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 17, 2014
After the first hour or so of The Doors, the only door I wanted to see was the one marked ''EXIT.''
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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
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
November 21, 2008
The film really proves only that Jim was a bad drunk and a worse friend, and that in no way was his life exemplary.
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Variety Staff
Variety
December 3, 2007
Kilmer is convincing in the lead role, although he never allows the viewer to share any emotions.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
The movie does a pretty good job with period ambience. But it's a long haul waiting for the hero to keel over.
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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.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
I can't recall a film that evokes the myth of the Sixties more potently.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The film is an absurdity -- muddled, self-serious, alienating, a stone drag.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Watching the movie is like being stuck in a bar with an obnoxious drunk, when you're not drinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
You get a buzz, all right, but you're left woozy and hung over, and probably won't remember much of what you've seen.