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"When you're Strange" uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of The Doors and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy. The film is a riveting account of the band's history.
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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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