When You're Strange Reviews

Page 1 of 4
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.
Top Critic
Randy Lewis
Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2010
Of little interest to anyone beyond hard-core Doors fans hungry for any previously unreleased film or audio content.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 5, 2010
If there's anything the world surely doesn't need it's one more admiring regurgitation of the Jim Morrison mythos.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
July 8, 2010
Barely scratches the surface of the band's enduring appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
March 3, 2009
Yank the narration straight out of the movie, telling the story in only songs and pictures, and When You're Strange would be a much better film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 7, 2010
If you're a Doors fan, your inner Jim Morrison will be stoked by the vast archival footage in When You're Strange. Be warned, however: this documentary doesn't open any new doors, and, worse, it's negligent in its history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Anthony Quinn
Independent
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
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 31, 2010
Writer/director Tom DiCillo takes a dip into documentary to tell us just what The Doors mean to him in a project that's the film equivalent of a fanzine...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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-
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
July 1, 2010
... the same stories and clichés of living hard and dying young
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 8, 2010
DiCillo approaches this nonfiction project with the glazed eyes of a true fan. He has the participation of surviving band members and a lot of rare, mesmerizing footage at his disposal ... What he doesn't have is critical distance or anything new to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
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
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 1, 2010
Unlikely to light your fire, or anyone else's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 8, 2010
When You're Strange is a remedial Doors class, taught by a professor who sounds as if he's doing voiceovers for car commercials.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 8, 2010
Never gets past the standard mythology of the band codified by Oliver Stone's 1991 biopic
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.
Page 1 of 4