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7.7

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  1. jiml
    Apr 18, 2010
    9
    Great use of the rarest, but marvelously restored film of Morrison and the Doors. The film goes far in showing genuine life and times without any new film shot whatsoever. No interviews but actual content from a great variety of sources. 100 minutes of a very original documentary chronicling a very unique talent and phenomenon.
  2. Oct 18, 2010
    8
    An excellent reflection of Morrison and the Doors. Johnny Depp's excellent narration makes you listen to every word as we roll through this entertaining documentary.
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55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
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  1. A must for Doors fans as the film attempts to disentangle the facts from the myths surrounding the legendary band.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    30
    The Lizard King is a bummer in When You're Strange, Tom DiCillo's disastrously inane documentary ode to reptilian rocker Jim Morrison and his mellower bandmates in the Doors.
  3. 60
    DiCillo overburdens When You're Strange, which is narrated by Johnny Depp, with a cliché barrage of achronological news events, including an unconscionable use of Robert Kennedy's death agony, but the archival Doors footage he has assembled is anything but banal.