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When You're Strange Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 10, 2011
DiCillo's film veers perilously close to hagiography. To those not under the singer's spell, [Jim Morrison] totters precariously between the charismatic and the ludicrous.
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
October 16, 2010
While fans of The Doors probably already know the story, this exploration of Jim Morrison's life and career is fascinating nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 19, 2010
Not many fresh insights, but riding along with The Doors is still a good time, whether you buy into the Jim Morrison mythology or not.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
July 8, 2010
Barely scratches the surface of the band's enduring appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 8, 2010
Documents the Doors in a fairly straightforward way, telling their story with remarkable detail but never quite getting beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Robinson
Uncut Magazine [UK]
July 7, 2010
What DiCillo has settled for is a famous person solemnly intoning a Wikipedia page. Strange doesn't begin to cover it.
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 6, 2010
This is a far better bet than Oliver Stone's ghastly Doors movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2010
As a first exposure to the history of The Doors I'd still recommend Oliver Stone's movie over this.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 6, 2010
When You're Strange offers a worshipful but insightful portrait of the group...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 5, 2010
The portrait of social change in Sixties America is sketchy but the film effectively states the case for Morrison as a charismatic, complex figure who lived fast, died young and left a lasting legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2010
Refocuses some attention on the strange collection of individuals whose disparate musical influences made the band sound unique, if not always good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
July 2, 2010
The cumulative effect of this film is to enhance one's respect for The Doors (John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek) and to diminish the same for Morrison, whose posturing now looks like the most fatuous exhibitionism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 1, 2010
Unlikely to light your fire, or anyone else's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 1, 2010
Director Tom DiCillo is relatively incurious about the bands' mundane professional and romantic lives, perhaps for fear of importing an injurious Spinal Tap irony. But his film material of Jim Morrison is sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
July 1, 2010
... the same stories and clichés of living hard and dying young
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
July 1, 2010
While the old adage says those who remember the '60s weren't really there, When You're Strange resurrects the spirit of the decade in a way that is at once intimate and universally familiar.
Juliet Buchan
The Skinny
July 1, 2010
With dynamic sound throughout, great visual and auditory storytelling and plenty of rare footage, it is easy to see why Depp claims to be proud of this nostalgic yet relatable representation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
June 30, 2010
Those who will learn something from it can have no interest whatsoever in The Doors. This leaves its intended audience somewhat unclear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
June 30, 2010
This is a fan's film, with all the flaws that entails, but doubters might emerge converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Prince
Sky Movies
June 30, 2010
Occasionally stirring yet strangely inessential, if you're not already a Doors fan, DiCello's film may fail to light your fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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