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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+
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Seven Days
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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