The Doors
The Doors (1991)

This Oliver Stone film chronicles the career of the famous '60s rock group, the Doors. Headed by Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer), this film follows the group from their humble beginnings in Los Angeles to the height of their popularity, and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 19, 1997
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Val Kilmer delivers a powerhouse performance as one of rock's most incendiary figures, but unfortunately, Oliver Stone is unable to shed much light on the circus surrounding the star.

Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

For a while, the obviousness and flat-out vulgarity are sort of entertaining, and it might be possible to enjoy the movie as a camp classic if you could ignore the mean-spiritedness that keeps breaking through.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Insidiously funny and remarkably truthful about the psychedelic rock scene in the late 1960.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

Morrison is played with uncanny authenticity by Val Kilmer. The performance is utterly convincing without being terribly illuminating.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Hysteria, however skillfully maintained, should never be mistaken for art -- a caution that applies equally to Stone and his subject.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

The whole movie is white hot, lapped in honeyed golds, evilly blue and black or drenched in those swoony, fiery reds. The Doors blasts your ears and scorches your eyes.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The flaw in the film is its unrelenting tone of bombast. It never gives you a break. You ache for a moment of quietude, an escape from the lizard king's cranium.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

While it has its moments, taken by itself, The Doors amounts to little more than an impressionistic look at a boy and his death wish.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Both a vibrant tribute to rock cult figure Jim Morrison and to the decade in which he flourished.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The much-anticipated film is a psychedelic circus that turns into the worst nightmare of a bad trip. It`s an experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Jim Morrison: This is the strangest life I've ever known. "The Ultimate Story of Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll" The Doors is about… More
Spencer S.
Kilmer and Ryan weren't the right cast, but the actual movie was well written and definitely right in its assessment.
AJ Verser
A good, psychedelic movie about the band the Doors, Kilmer is good playing Morrison, one of his best roles. I liked this movie.
Lenny Muggsy
First hour is pretty cool then I get lost in the drugs. I've read that JIm Morrison's portrayal was overblown and out of proportion but I wasn't… More
Alex roy
Oliver Stone's Biopic on The Doors is somewhat an imperfect attempt at telling the story of the legendary rock band of the same name. I say imperfect… More
Conner Rainwater
Maybe I'm partial to this film because I love the band and the time period, but I really do think that it is an overlooked gem. While it's not a… More

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