Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Reviews

Top Critic

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
January 18, 2008
The one area where 'Walk Hard' does manage to hold its own against classics of the genre such as 'This is Spinal Tap' or 'Sweet and Lowdown' is the music, all of which is expertly written and performed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
January 4, 2008
Walk Hard runs down quickly, and suffers further from having the wide-eyed and weightless Reilly as its star.
Top Critic
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 4, 2008
Reilly is recklessly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 4, 2008
Cox rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 4, 2008
Call me a cynic, call me a curmudgeon, call me perverse -- I loved every moment of Dewey Cox's story.
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 26, 2007
Walk Hard is the kind of movie that you want to love and not just like, but liking it is good enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 21, 2007
[Judd] Apatow has always told loose and improvisational stories, but the work he's done here with [director Jake] Kasdan just feels lazy and unfinished.
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 21, 2007
In a season filled with so many feel-bad movies, don't underestimate the appeal of something as silly as Walk Hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 21, 2007
There are a few too many lazy jokes played off Dewey's last name, but not nearly enough to wipe that grin off your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 21, 2007
Writer-producer Judd Apatow, star John C. Reilly and director Jake Kasdan eviscerate the genre gleefully.
Top Critic
Jim Ridley
L.A. Weekly
December 21, 2007
Walk Hard limps soft.
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 21, 2007
Walk Hard is funniest in its first half, when you're not quite sure where it's going, and drags in the second, by which time you realize it's going nowhere.
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 21, 2007
In a season loaded with serious films about war and loss, there's bound to be an audience out there looking for some undemanding holiday laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 21, 2007
This smart new spoof works because its makers...obviously love the genre they have so much fun sending up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 21, 2007
Instead of sending everything over the top at high energy, like Top Secret or Airplane!, they allow Reilly to more or less actually play the character, so that, against all expectations, some scenes actually approach real sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 21, 2007
It's the Flintstones vitamin of spoofs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2007
This gleeful skewering of American popular music works because of the talents of director Jake Kasdan and a cast led by John C. Reilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 20, 2007
Walk Hard offers a quantity of laughs that few comedies could match.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 20, 2007
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story has a good beat and you can dance to it, though mostly you'll probably just tap your foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2007
While "Walk Hard" makes for a fine soundtrack, it's less entertaining as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 20, 2007
Apatow and director Jake Kasdan deliver a fair number of laughs, though nearly every good idea is pressed into service as a running gag. The biggest disappointment is their survey of rock history, which has all the depth of a Time-Life book.
Top Critic
Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 20, 2007
[An] erratic, but enjoyable goof from the Judd Apatow hit-making machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 20, 2007
Walk Hard is 100 minutes of fun, and for pure, uncomplicated enjoyment, it's the movie to see right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 20, 2007
Walk Hard is one of those fish-in-a-barrel comedies that mine a rich comedic vein but manage to come up with few genuine gems.
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
December 20, 2007
For half an hour or so, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is hilarious. Problem is, the movie lasts an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 20, 2007
Judd Apatow can do no wrong, apparently.
Top Critic
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 20, 2007
Milks the pat formulations of its brethren, such as Walk the Line, for all the laughs they're worth. And then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 20, 2007
It's the role of a lifetime for Reilly, who plays Cox from a teenager to an old man (older actors playing kids are a running joke).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 20, 2007
Never stops sprinting from its snickering start to that big finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 19, 2007
Walk Hard is a disposable film that offers its share of small pleasures and amusements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
December 18, 2007
This burlesque of biopic cliches flounders from one setup to the next without the engine that drives the genre: a strong central character.
Top Critic
Brian Lowry
Variety
December 18, 2007
...Not all the bits (among them a "Yellow Submarine"-like acid trip) work equally well. Fortunately, there's a general exuberance and fondness for the musical material that eases the rough spots.
Top Critic
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 17, 2007
A pitch-perfect musical comedy that at long last moves the talented John C. Reilly up the billing ladder from second banana to top banana.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 13, 2007
The tricky thing about parody movies is that the jokes get old fast and they're hit-and-miss. Walk Hard is guilty on both counts. How lucky that when the jokes do hit, they kick major ass.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 2007
Walk Hard isn't merciless (except for maybe one wicked sequence with the Beatles), and that's because it so loves what it's sending up: the pleasure, ego, and sheer exhaustion of what happens behind the music.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 10, 2007
It's kind of nice to see [John C. Reilly] get a showcase role like this.