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  • Summary: Set in the beach community of East Hampton, New York, the film chronicles one pivotal summer in the lives of famous children's books author Ted Cole (Bridges) and his beautiful wife Marion (Basinger), exploring the complexities of love in its brightest, most mysterious, and darkest corners. (Focus Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. 100
    Surely the best movie yet made from Mr. Irving's fiction. It may even belong in the rarefied company of movies that are better than the books on which they are based.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    A thoughtful, melancholy story of love, loss, pain, betrayal and the lingering after-effects of tragedy, The Door in the Floor is an intelligent, impeccably acted, unsentimental drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    A surprisingly good film, not quite original but smart, careful and steadfast in its dedication to its characters.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Bridges has evolved into a miraculous actor: one who signals wildness through the intensity of his containment.
  5. A handsome-looking movie that's full of the muted greens, browns and grays of the tony Hamptons, director Williams' tale never quite finds its footing.
  6. 60
    It's nearly impossible to tell whether Williams thought he was making a family tragedy or a sex farce.
  7. Showcasing three individuals whose spiritual and physical journeys are both repellent and mundane, the film is just a long and pointless slog.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Mar 4, 2012
    I re-watched this film last night and was completely bowled over. What a screenplay! John Irving is not easy to adapt and "Widow for One Year" was particularly unadaptable but Tod Williams captures the wit and sadness of this heartbreaking tale. I don't know what else he has directed but I plan on finding out. Far and away the best performance of Kim Basingers career she is just so beautifully unhappy. Trying to sexually release herself from a tragedy as if one can. The young man John Foster who plays the intern Eddie O'Hare hired for the summer is so believable in his honesty and awkwardness. He doesn't just lust after Marion he truly loves her and you know it can't end well. The entire cast give there all not afraid to look hediously riduculous. Jeff Bridges is so alternately repulsive and seductive like a pretty snake, one of his better performances as well. Having spent time in the Hamptons I can testify that they get that right as well. That combination of New England small town and New York big time celebrity each exploiting the other. The score was pitch perfect. I highly recommend this movie, Expand

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