“After First Ten ...”
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
It is made by a Morrison groupie for other groupies, a film that leaves the rest of us locked outside wondering what the fuss is about.
Caryn James - New York Times
The film is an absurdity -- muddled, self-serious, alienating, a stone drag.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
You get a buzz, all right, but you're left woozy and hung over, and probably won't remember much of what you've seen.
Joe Brown - Washington Post
Watching the movie is like being stuck in a bar with an obnoxious drunk, when you're not drinking.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The movie does a pretty good job with period ambience. But it's a long haul waiting for the hero to keel over.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Kilmer is convincing in the lead role, although he never allows the viewer to share any emotions.
Variety Staff - Variety
The film really proves only that Jim was a bad drunk and a worse friend, and that in no way was his life exemplary.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
I can't recall a film that evokes the myth of the Sixties more potently.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Intense biopic full of drugs, sex and rock'n'roll.
Elliot Panek - Common Sense Media
Not exactly Stone's finest hour, but a worthwhile portrait of 1960s (counter) culture and the self-destruction of an icon.
By recreating things too well, the film itself becomes as boring, indulgent and over-stuffed as its hero.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Val Kilmer gives an amazing, almost pathologically correct performance in Oliver Stone's excessive but highly enjoyable biopic about Jim Morrison.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The Doors plays out like an epic hangover one expects to never recover from.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Stone sometimes loads the narrative with too much sub-Freudian baggage about Morrison's childhood, but the music, the excess and the excitement come across well.
Stephen Garrett - Time Out
Tedious and self-important
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
As great a Jim Morrison as Val Kilmer may be, Stone's hallucinagenic excess becomes dull swiftly
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Stone's film is a lengthy, appropriately trippy, drama chronicling the sudden rise of the band, The Doors, and how their lead singer Jim Morrison (a terrific Val Kilmer) was instantly recognized for his eccentricity and god-like presence
Clint Morris - Moviehole
a pretentious movie about a man haunted by a naked Indian
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Kilmer as the Lizard King!
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
One of the great rock 'n' roll documentaries. Val Kilmer is astounding.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Worth watching for Val Kilmer's excellent performance.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Kilmer and Ryan may have never been better than in the hands of Stone.
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Typical Stone bloating applied to a mystfyingly legendary band.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The whole style of the film seemed oddly anachronistic.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Oliver Stone's psychodelic vision of Jim Morrison's long strange trip
Kevin Fiddler - Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A strong film from Oliver Stone that captures the stoned out thrill of truly groundbreaking music that provided the backbeat for a tumultuous time in American history.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
I loved the film as a rockumentary, but the private life of Morrison is less interesting.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Kilmer's performance alone is worth the ticket. Oh, and the music.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Lumbers semi-coherently through Morrison's life, touching only tangentially on those who were most important to him.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Ultimately, it's the music that tells you more about the nihilism of Jim Morrison than Oliver Stone ever could.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
This contains career-best work from Val Kilmer as the self-involved, self-destructive Jim Morrison.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
It seems more the glorification of an alcoholic jerk than a cautionary tale.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Much of the movie is ridiculous: Stone has never known restraint. But it's also enjoyable in a jittery, hyperbolic way, and parts of it are undeniably moving.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com