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The Doors were very much a band of their time, a group whose music reflected the social and political upheaval of the late '60s and early '70s, and yet their appeal has endured thanks to the hypnotic music of guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and drummer John Densmore as well as the magisterial power of lead vocalist and lyricist Jim Morrison. The group's moment in the spotlight was short -- their debut album was released in early 1967, and Morrison would die in Paris in the summer of 1971 -- but their music and image continues to fascinate music fans, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

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"When You're Strange offers a worshipful but insightful portrait of the group..."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[A] muddled, pretentious assemblage of film clips of the band shot between 1966 and 1971, with solemn narration by Johnny Depp."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"DiCillo's film veers perilously close to hagiography. To those not under the singer's spell, [Jim Morrison] totters precariously between the charismatic and the ludicrous."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Barely scratches the surface of the band's enduring appeal."
‑ Terry Staunton, Radio Times
"This is a far better bet than Oliver Stone's ghastly Doors movie."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"Although Doors fans will drool over the prospect of the previously unseen footage, they are unlikely to find anything new here."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Seeing Morrison blithely hang a lei over the neck of an obviously giddy young woman or watching as Manzarek patiently fields questions helps humanize a group of men all too often shrouded in the mists of legend."
‑ Preston Jones, Dallas Morning News
"While fans of The Doors probably already know the story, this exploration of Jim Morrison's life and career is fascinating nonetheless."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Documents the Doors in a fairly straightforward way, telling their story with remarkable detail but never quite getting beneath the surface."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"As a first exposure to the history of The Doors I'd still recommend Oliver Stone's movie over this."
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
"The vitality of crazed angel Jim Morrison is its driving force."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A sometimes insightful, sometimes absurdly devotional but steadily engaging film."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Not many fresh insights, but riding along with The Doors is still a good time, whether you buy into the Jim Morrison mythology or not."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"What DiCillo has settled for is a famous person solemnly intoning a Wikipedia page. Strange doesn't begin to cover it."
‑ John Robinson, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"The portrait of social change in Sixties America is sketchy but the film effectively states the case for Morrison as a charismatic, complex figure who lived fast, died young and left a lasting legacy."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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