TriStar Pictures | Release Date: March 1, 1991 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 19 Critics
Positive:
10
Mixed:
8
Negative:
1
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An excessive, expressionistic, agreeably nonjudgmental period biography that carries with it an enormous emotional wallop. [01 Mar 1991]
91
As writer/director, he manages to make both Morrison and the period seem real without being self-conscious, an observed milieu rather than a film set. [01 Mar 1991]
88
Stone's film rolls off the screen with affection and authority, even when Morrison's life enters its sodden, bummed-out finale, and Val Kilmer does an uncanny job of identifying with Morrison. [01 Mar 1991]
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]
80
It's one hell of a ride and a real, roaring rock movie. [01 Mar 1991]
75
Oliver Stone's film paints a reasonably complex portrait of Morrison's life and times. [01 Mar 1991]
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]