Really liked it. Szabo's one of those filmmakers who might unkindly be called second-tier, who once regularly showed up in film magazines, but now quietly works away with little notice. THE DOOR has a little difficulty with its motley European cast, and Szabo's natural tendency to gallop along doesn't always serve him well, but this is a fine little film. Helen Mirren's never been better, and that's something.
Not having read the novel, I am not sure whether the film is great or if the film was infused greatness by the novel. The subject is remarkable. The performances of the two leading ladies are remarkable too, with an unforgettable turn by Ms Mirren. With cameos from Czech director Jiri Menzel as a surgeon with "Dr" Istvan Szabo standing behind him at the door. Szabo's "Budapest Tales" and "Mephisto" are superior.