The Door in the Floor Reviews

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March 13, 2018
Jeff Bridges is extraordinary as Ted Cole...this hothouse tale of grief, sex and betrayal is told with a cool detachment that renders it commendably unsentimental--and slightly remote.
September 17, 2004
One of the best Irving adaptations, a movie with a sad soul and something to say about that state in us all.
August 7, 2004
Since when are dullness and realism synonymous?
August 1, 2004
A fundamentally depressing piece of work -- not because it deals with tragic events and memories but because the characters seem hapless and even stupid, and the writer-director can't, or won't, take control.
Top Critic
July 23, 2004
Not one enigmatic person in The Door in the Floor asks to be liked, but you like them anyway.
July 23, 2004
I can't say I minded the movie too much, but I can't say it ever grabbed me, which is how I feel about every other movie adapted from an Irving novel.
July 23, 2004
More than once during the movie, you'll find yourself thinking 'Who are these people, and why am I sitting here watching them?'
July 22, 2004
If The Door in the Floor is good enough for Irving, who's often distanced himself from films based on his books, it's certainly good enough for the rest of us.
July 20, 2004
The movie appears to be made for an audience whose highest aspiration is to be WASPs -- and it feels long enough to produce enough generations of them to fill an Andover reunion.
July 16, 2004
Little more than tony melodrama.
July 16, 2004
Irving writes about the consequences of the choices we make with endless and honest empathy for the flawed and damaged, and Williams does that too, allowing us to feel deeply for Ted, Marion and the future of Ruth.
July 16, 2004
We're asked to care about a self-absorbed children's author, his depressive, self-absorbed wife and their self-absorbed 16-year-old assistant.
July 16, 2004
Feels more about a situation than actual people. It's sensitively rendered, filled with those necessary evocative details, and it never rings true.
July 15, 2004
Compelling than satisfying.
July 14, 2004
It's easily the most robust and compelling movie ever spun off from Irving's work.
July 14, 2004
A carefully conceived, thoughtfully orchestrated effort in taste and restraint that ultimately is too restrained and tasteful.
July 14, 2004
After Garp, this is the best screen treatment of the bunch.
July 14, 2004
An American tragedy, exquisitely shot in the muted tones of the New England painter's scenes of desolation and disappointment.
July 14, 2004
A languorous, fitfully compelling screen adaptation.
July 14, 2004
[Bridges] bursts through The Door in the Floor like it was made of plywood and, in the process, delivers the year's first full-bodied dramatic performance.
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