• PG-13, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    James Mangold
    In Theaters:
    Nov 18, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 28, 2006
  • 20th Century Fox

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Walk the Line Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 5, 2006
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

It's a crowd-pleaser, one you can't walk out of feeling cheated.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 5, 2006
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

Luckily, at the heart of this movie is the tender, ever rocky relationship between soul-mates Johnny Cash and June Carter.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 4, 2006
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

A stirring, straightforward musical masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Remove the screenplay issues and one will discover that Walk the Line is an enjoyable and often entertaining picture about the life of a musical legend.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 31, 2005
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

[Y]ou'd be foolish to miss it because it does boast moments of true perfection and genius.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

December 24, 2005
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

Walk does more than tip toe to the legendary aura of Johnny Cash--it stomps its feet more pleasingly than an overactive Baptist preacher during Sunday services.

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 3/4

December 19, 2005
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Director James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay, connects the dots with enough swagger and enjoyable details ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2005
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Reese Witherspoon really takes her acting to another level with this film, bringing an electricity to the part of June Carter that deserves more than a little Oscar buzz.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

December 13, 2005
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

[A]n old-fashioned C&W standard.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2005
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Joaquin Phoenix and especially Reese Witherspoon prove themselves very talented, but Cash's life simply did not supply them with any sort of unique or even engaging material.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

December 12, 2005
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org

[The mesmerizingly instinctual] Phoenix can't make lyric art of Cash's songs, but he can make performance art of the moment in which he sings them.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

December 11, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...tedious and repetitive...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

December 11, 2005
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Biopics are among my least favorite genres because of the almost inevitable problems, but this was a pretty good biopic.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 10, 2005
Frank Houston
Palm Beach Daily News

Walk the Line is buoyed by such sharp writing and strong performances that it floats above the tired conventions of the movie biography.

Full Review Source: Palm Beach Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com

When it ended, I thought "Huh? But the story was just getting going!"

Full Review Source: LYTRules.com

December 9, 2005
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

A mighty fine piece of work.

Full Review | Original Score: A-

December 9, 2005
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Conforming to every rule in the book, it's a square old-fashioned musical about a rebel who never played by anybody's rules except his own. But still, somehow it works.

December 8, 2005
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Phoenix as Cash in Walk the Line is the next best thing to having been there, I suppose.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
James Verniere
Boston Herald

A worthwhile tribute to two country music legends, featuring two talented young actors at the peak of their powers.

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

December 6, 2005
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