'The Doors' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
59%
Rotten Tomatoes:   46 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Full Review » 24 years ago
  • Caryn James New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    It is made by a Morrison groupie for other groupies, a film that leaves the rest of us locked outside wondering what the fuss is about.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Joe Brown Washington Post (Top Critic)
    You get a buzz, all right, but you're left woozy and hung over, and probably won't remember much of what you've seen.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The film is an absurdity -- muddled, self-serious, alienating, a stone drag.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    Watching the movie is like being stuck in a bar with an obnoxious drunk, when you're not drinking.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The movie does a pretty good job with period ambience. But it's a long haul waiting for the hero to keel over.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    Kilmer is convincing in the lead role, although he never allows the viewer to share any emotions.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    The film really proves only that Jim was a bad drunk and a worse friend, and that in no way was his life exemplary.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    I can't recall a film that evokes the myth of the Sixties more potently.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Elliot Panek Common Sense Media
    60
    Intense biopic full of drugs, sex and rock'n'roll.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Film4
    60
    Not exactly Stone's finest hour, but a worthwhile portrait of 1960s (counter) culture and the self-destruction of an icon.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    50
    By recreating things too well, the film itself becomes as boring, indulgent and over-stuffed as its hero.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    88
    Val Kilmer gives an amazing, almost pathologically correct performance in Oliver Stone's excessive but highly enjoyable biopic about Jim Morrison.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rob Humanick Projection Booth
    34
    The Doors plays out like an epic hangover one expects to never recover from.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jonathan R. Perry Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
    80
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Garrett Time Out
    Stone sometimes loads the narrative with too much sub-Freudian baggage about Morrison's childhood, but the music, the excess and the excitement come across well.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jon Niccum Lawrence Journal-World
    20
    Tedious and self-important
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Dan Fienberg Zap2it.com
    40
    As great a Jim Morrison as Val Kilmer may be, Stone's hallucinagenic excess becomes dull swiftly
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Clint Morris Moviehole
    60
    Stone's film is a lengthy, appropriately trippy, drama chronicling the sudden rise of the band, The Doors, and how their lead singer Jim Morrison (a terrific Val Kilmer) was instantly recognized for his eccentricity and god-like presence
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Eric Melin Lawrence.com
    40
    a pretentious movie about a man haunted by a naked Indian
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Greg Maki Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    40
    Full Review » 10 years ago