Despite strong performances, this is just another standard bio-pic, the plot of which you could probably recite without ever even seeing it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
a very solid piece of filmmaking... but as a biopic it walks the line between conservative and bland.
Walk the Line missteps by routinely forgoing credible biographical grittiness in favor of glossy Hollywood mythologizing.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cringingly, Walk the Line is as formulaic a biographical picture as can be made.
| Original Score: B-
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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.
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.
["Walk the Line"] is more a series of episodes strung together, interspersed with stage performances of Cash in concert.
It doesn't leave you with much to think about, except maybe the empty vibrato of effective ventriloquism.
Walk the Line has plenty of chemicals, but very little chemistry between its stars.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Johnny Cash gets the musical biopic treatment in this moderately entertaining, never quite convincing chronicle of his early years.
| Original Score: 3/5
Walk the Line isn't a bad movie. It's just a shallow and superficial one.
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-
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.
| Original Score: C
...tedious and repetitive...
A sorry excuse for a musical biopic.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
| Original Score: 6/10