100

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
An excessive, expressionistic, agreeably nonjudgmental period biography that carries with it an enormous emotional wallop. [01 Mar 1991]
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91

Portland Oregonian

As writer/director, he manages to make both Morrison and the period seem real without being self-conscious, an observed milieu rather than a film set. [01 Mar 1991]
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Stone's film rolls off the screen with affection and authority, even when Morrison's life enters its sodden, bummed-out finale, and Val Kilmer does an uncanny job of identifying with Morrison. [01 Mar 1991]
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
The Doors is excessive, unsubtle, emotionally brutal and stylistically sadistic, but that's exactly right for the dark side of the sixties Morrison and his band embodied. [01 Mar 1991]
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Doors is a thrilling spectacle - the King Kong of rock movies - featuring a starmaking, ball-of-fire performance by Val Kilmer as Morrison.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Kilmer seems less dangerous than Morrison, but it's a blessing in the most uncompromising bio of a please- don't-move-next-door type since "Raging Bull." [01 Mar 1991]
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The experience of watching The Doors is not always very pleasant.
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60

Empire

By Angie Errigo
Val Kilmer is extraordinary as Morrison, holding the centre with a demonic charisma, while Stone recreates the late '60s milieu with vibrant versimilitude.
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50

TV Guide

By recreating things too well, the film itself becomes as boring, indulgent and over-stuffed as its hero.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Hysteria, however skillfully maintained, should never be mistaken for art-a caution that applies equally to Stone and his subject. [01 Mar 1991]
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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