When You're Strange Reviews

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
June 30, 2010
Essential for Doors fans, but enlightening to the uninitiated. A tantalising study of a troubled creator whose charisma still borders on the supernatural. Great music, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 30, 2010
Tom DiCillo's Doors documentary is decently paced and packed with previously unseen archive footage but it never scratches beneath the surface and doesn't tell Doors fans anything they don't already know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
June 23, 2010
Who knew Krieger composed so many of the band's hits? Or that he picked up the electric guitar just six months before laying down his majestic tracks on the debut album?
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 21, 2010
A hypnotic journey through the world of The Doors that chronicles their meteoric rise and fall in memorable fashion, using original footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
May 28, 2010
Fans, being fans, will appreciate the rare footage and the chance to hang with the band one more time. Unfortunately, there's very little by way of real revelation here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 13, 2010
The Doors weren't the embodiment of their time; they weren't even the most important rock act of their time. But When You're Strange shows why their music and iconography has lasted beyond their time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 6, 2010
Although Doors fans will drool over the prospect of the previously unseen footage, they are unlikely to find anything new here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2010
The vitality of crazed angel Jim Morrison is its driving force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 30, 2010
Filtered through the political and social upheaval of the time, which seems almost alien to today's world, the film is like a dispatch from another planet, or at least from a time so distant it feels like a dream.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 30, 2010
DiCillo does such a good job exploring the band and illustrating what made them unique that he might just end up opening the ears of a few detractors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 22, 2010
Cops everywhere hated Jim Morrison. After seeing Tom DiCillo's witty, oblique documentary, you'll understand why.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 16, 2010
No matter how much you know about The Doors, it's always a trip to see and to hear them, and this documentary has all the music, concert footage and shots of band camaraderie to warm a rock fan's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
April 14, 2010
When You're Strange wobbles in the transition from straightforward biography to op-ed with teeth. At times, the editor doesn't seem to know what to do with the uncovered footage, or there isn't enough to string it into a visual narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
April 11, 2010
Striking visuals are essential viewing for any rock 'n' roll historian, let alone a fan of the Doors, but Depp's narration portentously accents every possible cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
April 9, 2010
Given the amount of raw, rare footage presented here (a godsend for fans and undeniably arresting for others) and a curiously detached viewpoint not buttressed with the expected talking-head interviews, there's actually little else to compare this film to
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 9, 2010
[A] muddled, pretentious assemblage of film clips of the band shot between 1966 and 1971, with solemn narration by Johnny Depp.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Preston Jones
Dallas Morning News
April 9, 2010
Seeing Morrison blithely hang a lei over the neck of an obviously giddy young woman or watching as Manzarek patiently fields questions helps humanize a group of men all too often shrouded in the mists of legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 9, 2010
Somewhat murky in terms of technical quality and of its central figure's chameleon more than Lizard King persona.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 9, 2010
A sometimes insightful, sometimes absurdly devotional but steadily engaging film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
April 8, 2010
For a film that wants to make the case that The Doors--and more specifically Jim Morrison--are an essential part of rock history, When You're Strange is curiously inessential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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