• 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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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Despite strong performances, this is just another standard bio-pic, the plot of which you could probably recite without ever even seeing it.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 20, 2005
Fernando F. Croce

Reverently reductive

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 1, 2009
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

August 16, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Walk the Line missteps by routinely forgoing credible biographical grittiness in favor of glossy Hollywood mythologizing.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2005
Brian Orndorf

Cringingly, Walk the Line is as formulaic a biographical picture as can be made.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: B-

November 17, 2005
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2006
Mark R. Leeper

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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Most Johnny Cash fans probably don't care that much about how their hero ended up with June Carter. Therein resides the main problem with Walk the Line's devotion to simple truth over cherished fable.

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

September 9, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Mangold falls prey to the old biopic formula. He stretches and dilutes the core story until it resembles less a great man's life than a TV movie of the week.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 17, 2005
Arthur Lazere

The film is visualized in such a straightforward manner that it feels as if it could have been made in 1950. There's not a moment of freshly imaginative or unconventional footage.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

November 17, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

["Walk the Line"] is more a series of episodes strung together, interspersed with stage performances of Cash in concert.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews

November 18, 2005
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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It doesn't leave you with much to think about, except maybe the empty vibrato of effective ventriloquism.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 15, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Walk the Line has plenty of chemicals, but very little chemistry between its stars.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 17, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Johnny Cash gets the musical biopic treatment in this moderately entertaining, never quite convincing chronicle of his early years.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Walk the Line isn't a bad movie. It's just a shallow and superficial one.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

November 18, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Walk the Line is absolute standard biopic stuff, so familiar that it blatantly echoes last year's Ray, which similarly failed to do justice to the legendary Ray Charles.

| Original Score: C-

November 18, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Sure, Phoenix and Witherspoon rock. But imagine the Life of Bono without Jesus or Africa, or the Tom Cruise Story without Scientology. Mangold ignores Cash's deepest passion.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: C

November 21, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...tedious and repetitive...

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

December 11, 2005
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

A sorry excuse for a musical biopic.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: 1/5

March 12, 2006
Tony Medley

Worse than stupid, the definitive biopic of Johnny Cash doesn't use his singularly unique voice, one as distinctive as Jolson's. Despite the mediocre, truncated music, Witherspoon makes the film come alive.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 6/10

November 16, 2005
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 3, 2006
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
December 14, 2005
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 20, 2007
Scott A. Mantz
Entertainment Insiders
December 6, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
February 4, 2006
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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May 12, 2006
Scott A. Mantz
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Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005

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December 6, 2005

Baltimore Sun
December 6, 2005

AV Club
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December 6, 2005

January 24, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
January 27, 2006

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006

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