(The Doors movie review at Entertainment Weekly)
Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly
Dean Essner — 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
By recreating things too well, the film itself becomes as boring, indulgent and over-stuffed as its hero.
Dean Essner — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Not exactly Stone's finest hour, but a worthwhile portrait of 1960s (counter) culture and the self-destruction of an icon.
Dean Essner — Film4
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
(The Doors movie review at Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas))
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
(The Doors movie review at EmanuelLevy.Com)
Emanuel Levy — EmanuelLevy.Com
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