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Walk the Line (2005)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 204
Fresh: 168 | Rotten: 36

Superior acting and authentic crooning capture the emotional subtleties of the legend of Johnny Cash and his inevitable downfall with a freshness that is a pleasure to watch.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 10

Superior acting and authentic crooning capture the emotional subtleties of the legend of Johnny Cash and his inevitable downfall with a freshness that is a pleasure to watch.



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"Walk the Line" follows the early years in the career of American music legend Johnny Cash. The young Cash sets out on life's journey battered by his brother's accidental death and an abusive father, who blames him for the incident. His rise to fame with such hits as "A Boy Named Sue" and "Ring of Fire" is countered by his struggle with amphetamines, barbiturates and alcohol. His instability, both financial and emotional, leads to the failure of his first marriage. The few comforts of his



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Feb 28, 2006


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I advise you catch up with Walk the Line, if only for Ms. Witherspoon's transcendent joyousness as a still-growing legend within a legend.

January 5, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Mangold was wisely generous with the amount of musical performance he included in the film, and the later scenes -- showing Cash and Carter as partners -- are so well shot and edited, they defy you to sit still.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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If Walk the Line isn't the full story of Johnny Cash, it's at least a crucial corner of it, a way of coaxing a legend down to a human scale, without shrinking that legend away to nothingness.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source:
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Phoenix is terrific in Walk the Line - - the actor's taciturn, brooding persona dovetails beautifully with the role - - but it's his scenes opposite Witherspoon that give the movie its real spark.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Comment (1)
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A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
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It's a tidy Hollywood arc imposed on a messy real life, but it gets the job done.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

the acting compensates for the weaknesses in the script

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

What made this film work, and what ultimately won it most of its acclaim, were the performances of the actors.

July 31, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Reverently reductive

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)

A fun, well acted, and well directed piece of filmmaking...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Walk the Line isn't as great a biopic as Ray, but it's still a fine tribute to the Man in Black and his muse.

March 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

a very solid piece of filmmaking... but as a biopic it walks the line between conservative and bland.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A sturdily conventional biopic.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

Witherspoon delivers a full-bodied, note-perfect performance as sassy, no-nonsense June, and proves herself an able singer in the process.

November 17, 2006
Christianity Today

Reese Witherspoon is a marvel.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

A sorry excuse for a musical biopic.

March 12, 2006 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Comments (4)
EDGE Boston endearing tribute to a justly popular country singer.

February 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Walk the line es la vivencia de un hombre, entregándose al baile de sus demonios, para después enfrentarlos y salir avante de ellos.

February 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

Phoenix makes himself an immediate Oscar contender by capturing Cash with more than just facial expressions and body language.

February 21, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Una biografía más bien convencional y algo superficial, que vale la pena más que nada por la labor de sus protagonistas y por la música de Johnny Cash.

February 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

In spite of all it does right, Walk the Line leaves one with the nagging sense of a story unfinished — or rather, with something left out.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Divide com Ray praticamente todos os seus erros e acertos, ambos revelando-se obras medianas que são elevadas graças às atuações impecáveis de seus protagonistas.

February 10, 2006
Cinema em Cena

If the idea of sitting though a two-and-almost-a-half-hour long biographical movie about a Country singer doesn't exactly appeal, then think again.

February 8, 2006
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

Walk the Line is unusually moving without ever becoming mawkish, in the usual biopic way. It's a virtual reincarnation of a peerless American artist.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

It may not completely satisfy as a musical tribute to the great Johnny Cash, but it leaves you with a strong sense of the man, his rebellion and the tangible bond he shared with the woman he loved.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Audience Reviews for Walk the Line

Assuming the movie is an accurate portrayal of Johnny Cash, it is worth watching just to learn move about the music legend. The only problem is that Joaquin Phoenix can't really sing, but then neither could Mr. Cash.
August 20, 2012

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Better than most biopics and superbly acted by the leads.
March 25, 2012
Graham Jones

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Musicals are not my cup of tea, but I decided to give it a go for it's based on real life. As expected, the movie turned out to be a disappointment. Thanks to my holy ignorance, I'd not heard of the protagonist ever before, but his story seemed familiar. It was like watching a modern version of Devdas. Only that this one has a happy ending. [I grant you the permission to differ for now.] Having said all that, it's still watchable with one finger on the fast-forward button.
January 13, 2012

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    1. June Carter: If ya'll sit down, squat down or lie down but make yourselves at home because here's the one and only, Mr. Johnny Cash!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. June Carter: You walked all the way from Nashville?
    2. Johnny Cash: Yeah, well, walkin' is good for you...
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. June Carter: It burns. It burns.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Vivian Cash: John, I have a cassarole in the oven and your sister in the kitchen, and I don't wanna talk about the tour.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Johnny Cash: You got a library in there, June.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Roseanne Cash: Hey, Daddy.
    2. Johnny Cash: Hey, baby.
    3. Roseanne Cash: Are you okay?
    4. Johnny Cash: Yeah, I'm okay. I'm fine. I'll see you in the mornin'.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (13 months ago)
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