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.
It's a crowd-pleaser, one you can't walk out of feeling cheated.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Luckily, at the heart of this movie is the tender, ever rocky relationship between soul-mates Johnny Cash and June Carter.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A stirring, straightforward musical masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
[Y]ou'd be foolish to miss it because it does boast moments of true perfection and genius.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Director James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay, connects the dots with enough swagger and enjoyable details ...
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
[A]n old-fashioned C&W standard.
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.
| Original Score: 4/10
[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.
...tedious and repetitive...
| Original Score: 2/4
Biopics are among my least favorite genres because of the almost inevitable problems, but this was a pretty good biopic.
Walk the Line is buoyed by such sharp writing and strong performances that it floats above the tired conventions of the movie biography.
When it ended, I thought "Huh? But the story was just getting going!"
A mighty fine piece of work.
| Original Score: A-
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.
Phoenix as Cash in Walk the Line is the next best thing to having been there, I suppose.
A worthwhile tribute to two country music legends, featuring two talented young actors at the peak of their powers.