The Doors

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  • Summary: The rise and fall of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison (Kilmer) in the 1960s.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: William Arnold
    100
    An excessive, expressionistic, agreeably nonjudgmental period biography that carries with it an enormous emotional wallop. [01 Mar 1991]
  2. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    88
    The Doors is excessive, unsubtle, emotionally brutal and stylistically sadistic, but that's exactly right for the dark side of the sixties Morrison and his band embodied. [01 Mar 1991]
  3. 88
    The Doors is a thrilling spectacle - the King Kong of rock movies - featuring a starmaking, ball-of-fire performance by Val Kilmer as Morrison.
  4. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Kilmer seems less dangerous than Morrison, but it's a blessing in the most uncompromising bio of a please- don't-move-next-door type since "Raging Bull." [01 Mar 1991]
  5. The movie does a pretty good job with period ambience. But it's a long haul waiting for the hero to keel over.
  6. 50
    This $40 million look at Jim Morrison's short, wild ride through a rock idol life is everything one expects from the filmmaker - intense, overblown, riveting, humorless, evocative, self-important and impossible to ignore.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    20
    Maybe it was fun to bathe in decadence back then. But this is no time to wallow in that mire.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Aug 10, 2013
    10
    Excelente Peli el Rey del Rock increhible peli que concuerda con todos los documentales prosteriotes como When you strangenExcelente Peli el Rey del Rock increhible peli que concuerda con todos los documentales prosteriotes como When you strangen narrada por Jonny Depp Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2016
    9
    I KNOW I'm giving way too many stars for this, but I don't care; The Doors were one of my very first favourite groups. I fondly recall, when II KNOW I'm giving way too many stars for this, but I don't care; The Doors were one of my very first favourite groups. I fondly recall, when I was 11, and Elektra Records released 'The Doors' Greatest Hits', and the album-length version of 'Light My Fire' was played all the time on the radio, and I was mesmerized by the instrumental middle of the song, got the album from my parents for Christmas, and started a lifelong love affair with the band. Yes, Jim Morrison is highly overrated. Yes, the movie is an extremely self-indulgent mess and it can be quite incoherent and incohesive. But the Sixties, the L.A. rock scene back then, and especially Morrison's life, were just like that, so it is oh so fitting!

    I adore the fact that it was Oliver Stone's labour of love (one of thankfully many) and that the surviving members of the band basically had full input. I would take this and 'Talk Radio' (my personal favourite Stone's throw) over a hundred of Stone's politically over-the-top movies any day!

    When I was 17, I took my life savings and visited, on my own, nine European countries, including France and its capital, Paris. Did I go for the Eiffel Tower, wild romance on Richard Linklater-esque trains, or its outstanding magic and sidewalk cafes? No--train-wise I had to put up with a stupid labour strike, such that an overnight sleeper car from Berne, Switzerland to Paris had to be switched, in the middle of the night, FOUR times, just so they could prove a point. And it was just to see Morrison's grave. I met 20 fantastic people who had made the pilgrimage from all over the world, and it was my first time having red wine and smoking pot. The graffiti and the sculpture of him, in the Pere Lachaise cemetery, were fascinating, as was his life. Would I go through that again? Of course I would.

    It's Val Kilmer's best work by a mile. The film just oozes charisma and breathes life--just as the band's work must have done back in the day. Worth a purchase and re-watches (I watch it each year on Jim's birthday and accidentally bought it twice), for any fan of 60's music or its culture. A bonafide classic when Stone was actually really something.
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  3. Jan 12, 2014
    8
    This movie shows the real depth of the hardcore rock and roll star of the 60s. Val Kilmer does a fantastic job as Jim Morrison, with spot onThis movie shows the real depth of the hardcore rock and roll star of the 60s. Val Kilmer does a fantastic job as Jim Morrison, with spot on appearance and close to perfect vocals. This movie is deep and psychedelic that should keep the hardcore rock and roll fan interested throughout. This movie has a style unlike any other biopic. Expand
  4. j30
    Jan 26, 2012
    5
    The making of the rock band is pretty invigorating stuff, however the Jim Morrison biography is uninviting and kind of boring after a while. IThe making of the rock band is pretty invigorating stuff, however the Jim Morrison biography is uninviting and kind of boring after a while. I thought the movie was called The Doors, not The Rise And Fall Of The Lizard King. Expand
  5. Mar 16, 2015
    5
    Kilmer's Morrison is frighteningly spot-on, but there doesn't seem to be any meat to the rest of Oliver Stone's "The Doors," a film thatKilmer's Morrison is frighteningly spot-on, but there doesn't seem to be any meat to the rest of Oliver Stone's "The Doors," a film that ultimately feels like an excuse for the director to employ gobs of his characteristically trippy imagery. Expand
  6. Dec 6, 2012
    5
    Sometimes things come out about performers over time-I think this film should be measured against the bands 1967 live album at the Matrix clubSometimes things come out about performers over time-I think this film should be measured against the bands 1967 live album at the Matrix club when Jim Morrison says 'show me the way to the next little boy' instead of 'little girl' which is kinds not so great anyway-kind of blowing the bands career into the trash from the start-the depiction of JM as a heroic rock figure in light of who he turned out to be is nothing special. I thought he was basically a cool guy before I heard the Matrix release which went from bootleg to official Doors release a few years ago-audio is not much better than a bootleg anyway-they say its 'really good audio' -right-I like Val Kilmer but not in this film somehow....what I said notwithstanding....I think the Hendrix story movie is probably a better bet. Expand
  7. Oct 23, 2015
    3
    This film is unapologetic in its faults, least of all in the disrespectful depiction of Jim Morrison. Everyone can be unanimous in ValThis film is unapologetic in its faults, least of all in the disrespectful depiction of Jim Morrison. Everyone can be unanimous in Val Kilmer's performance as commendable, it does not benefit the film, but I believe should be treated as a separate entity. Oliver Stone fell flat onto a hard concrete pavement from a helicopter. There was just a montage of tripped up images and weird dialogue. It was nonsensical and stale. To sit through this for two and a half hours, even on a computer, was a waste of time. I could have listened to some of The Doors' music if it wasn't for my dedication to watch the whole film before critiquing it. But I now call that belief into question. Expand

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