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The Doors Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
June 17, 2014
Morrison is played with uncanny authenticity by Val Kilmer. The performance is utterly convincing without being terribly illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
June 17, 2014
The flaw in the film is its unrelenting tone of bombast. It never gives you a break. You ache for a moment of quietude, an escape from the lizard king's cranium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 17, 2014
The much-anticipated film is a psychedelic circus that turns into the worst nightmare of a bad trip. It`s an experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 17, 2014
The movie is weighed down by its enchantment with the mythology, as opposed to the reality, of Morrison's life -- a mythology that needs to be explored, not simply reproduced on the wide screen.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 17, 2014
Val Kilmer does, however, pull off a remarkable impression of the troubled vocalist, although he's more convincing on stage than he is in his drunken, drug-fuelled reveries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
June 17, 2014
Val Kilmer gives the performance of his career as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's biopic, so it's a shame the surrounding film lets him down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.''
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 17, 2014
Stone is not the most subtle of directors, but he has the ability to translate his passion for subject matter (he's an unabashed admirer of Morrison) to the screen with a strong visual flair. That talent in evidence here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 28, 2011
The attempts to plumb Morrison's sensitive side, his (pretentious) philosophical bent and his struggle to channel his considerable talents positively are something of a blur in the trippy kaleidoscope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Intense biopic full of drugs, sex and rock'n'roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.

Film4
December 3, 2007
Not exactly Stone's finest hour, but a worthwhile portrait of 1960s (counter) culture and the self-destruction of an icon.
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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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