• R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jake Kasdan
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 8, 2008
  • Sony Pictures/Columbia

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Reviews


Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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April 12, 2011
David Jenkins
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

January 18, 2008
David Denby
New Yorker
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Walk Hard runs down quickly, and suffers further from having the wide-eyed and weightless Reilly as its star.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 4, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Reilly is recklessly funny.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 4, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Cox rocks.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

January 4, 2008
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Call me a cynic, call me a curmudgeon, call me perverse -- I loved every moment of Dewey Cox's story.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 4, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Walk Hard is the kind of movie that you want to love and not just like, but liking it is good enough.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 26, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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[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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

December 21, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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In a season filled with so many feel-bad movies, don't underestimate the appeal of something as silly as Walk Hard.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Writer-producer Judd Apatow, star John C. Reilly and director Jake Kasdan eviscerate the genre gleefully.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

December 21, 2007
Jim Ridley
L.A. Weekly
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Walk Hard limps soft.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 21, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 21, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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This smart new spoof works because its makers...obviously love the genre they have so much fun sending up.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's the Flintstones vitamin of spoofs.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2007
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Walk Hard offers a quantity of laughs that few comedies could match.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

December 20, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 20, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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While "Walk Hard" makes for a fine soundtrack, it's less entertaining as a movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 20, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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[An] erratic, but enjoyable goof from the Judd Apatow hit-making machine.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Walk Hard is 100 minutes of fun, and for pure, uncomplicated enjoyment, it's the movie to see right now.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2007
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 20, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

December 20, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Judd Apatow can do no wrong, apparently.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 20, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Milks the pat formulations of its brethren, such as Walk the Line, for all the laughs they're worth. And then some.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2007
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

December 20, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Never stops sprinting from its snickering start to that big finish.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

December 20, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Walk Hard is a disposable film that offers its share of small pleasures and amusements.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 19, 2007
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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This burlesque of biopic cliches flounders from one setup to the next without the engine that drives the genre: a strong central character.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 18, 2007
Brian Lowry
Variety
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...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.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 18, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

December 17, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

December 13, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

December 12, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's kind of nice to see [John C. Reilly] get a showcase role like this.

December 10, 2007
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