Door in the Floor
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Author John Irving's popular novels of broken relationships and needy hearts have made for hits and misses on the big screen. Following
Director Tod Williams (
The story poses Christian press reviewers with a challenge—a narrative that honors the ideal of marriage while portraying people who make foolish and drastic decisions. Mainstream critics are celebrating the film as one of the most challenging and profound releases of the year, and some are suggesting that Jeff Bridges should earn another Oscar nomination. Few religious press critics have reviewed the film as yet.
A review from the Catholic News Service is not encouraging: "Failing to resonate on an emotional level … Williams' film attempts to examine the strain of grief on a marriage, but remains superficial as selfish characters manipulate vulnerabilities, leaving innocent victims in their wake."
Todd Campbell (Christian Spotlight) says, "This movie is very offensive, with strong sexuality and graphic images, including frontal nudity. If you struggle with fleshly desires, do not see this movie."from Film Forum, 07/29/04
Last week, Film Forum noted a few reviews of
In National Review, Frederica Matthewes-Green praises its "wonderful performances … and extraordinarily beautiful sets, lighting, color design, and Atlantic-coast scenery. But the values are just creepy."