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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. An excessive, expressionistic, agreeably nonjudgmental period biography that carries with it an enormous emotional wallop. [01 Mar 1991]
  2. 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. 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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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

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