When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors Synopsis
A history of Jim Morrison and the Doors features concert footage and recording sessions.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
When You're Strange, a documentary history of the Doors directed by Tom DiCillo, is for people like me who can stumble onto the scrappiest...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Offers a worshipful but insightful portrait of the group - centered, of course, on its charismatic front man.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A sometimes insightful, sometimes absurdly devotional but steadily engaging film.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Doors lit rock 'n' roll fires for only 54 months, having formed after Morrison met Manzarek in 1965, when both were UCLA film students....
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Unhappy with what Oliver Stone did to Jim Morrison and the Doors in his 1991 biopic? Here’s the doc for you.
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By Mark Jenkins
Thanks to his major role in songwriting, Krieger is credited repeatedly, but the other two players recede as the band increasingly becomes...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A must for Doors fans as the film attempts to disentangle the facts from the myths surrounding the legendary band.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The real reason to see the movie -- and it's reason enough -- is the trove of archival footage, which shows a star of almost impossible...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The man inside that legend has yet to come into focus 40 years on. Morrison wanted the world and he wanted it now, and he got it. What When...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
When You're Strange is a remedial Doors class, taught by a professor who sounds as if he's doing voiceovers for car commercials.
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He was strange!

By emmamatzo
Mr. Mojo Risin was actually on the screen driving an old Ford Mustang in the desert....that alone was enuff to make the movie worth seeing! Loved the movie....the best movie about the Doors that is...

When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors

By scinemaie
It ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!...

Five Word Review

By v66doochild
enticing mesmerizing captivating revealing fascinating...

When You're Strange

By danzi76
Liked the movie. It was an interesting, behind the scenes look at the doors and Jim Morrison with all real footage taken from their lives. Director did a good job showing a different side of the...

This movie was great!

By esdnyc
Lots of rare footage and inside info about the band and Jim's family that I didn't know. I highly recommend it to any fan of this type of music....

The Mystique that was Jim Morrison Still Captivates

By Bokiluis
I saw it opening week at the ultra-special Sundance Film Cinemas in San Francisco. It was at the Saturday matinee and there was a respectable number of fans in the audience. I found it quite...

Five Word Review

By whodaguy
great music information personalities rocks...

I may be ++[ Old School ]++, but...

By krraleigh
I grew up when the original was first released; Old School... Child was I? Yes; Imaginary world, It was, and Is; I will Always be - 7,8,11,13,16,18, 21...??? Dream did I, Indeed! What I...

Great film--see it!

By FilmFanNYC60
All original footage, much of it rare. Really gives you a flavor of who they were, the times they lived in, and what really happened. Fantastic. See it....