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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Reviews

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James Berardinelli
December 19, 2007
Walk Hard is a disposable film that offers its share of small pleasures and amusements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2008
... starts out brilliantly playing with the tired tropes of musical biopics before utterly losing its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Like the drunk guy who squeezes your arm and tells the same joke over and over until you laugh, goddamn you, laugh!
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 4, 2015
The only gale-force laughter in later scenes comes when the hero meets the Beatles.
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 21, 2007
Its comic riffs are simple jingles that always seem to outstay their welcome.
Jon Fortgang
January 18, 2008
Knocked up hurriedly, you feel, in between Apatow's other projects, Walk Hard is the feted writer-producer's first fumble. As Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel might have put it, this one only goes to two-and-a-half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 18, 2008
The one area where 'Walk Hard' does manage to hold its own against classics of the genre such as 'This is Spinal Tap' or 'Sweet and Lowdown' is the music, all of which is expertly written and performed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Willie Waffle
December 21, 2007
Very funny when focused on being a parody, but goes for the cheap laughs and shock jokes too often
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 20, 2007
For half an hour or so, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is hilarious. Problem is, the movie lasts an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 21, 2007
[Judd] Apatow has always told loose and improvisational stories, but the work he's done here with [director Jake] Kasdan just feels lazy and unfinished.
December 21, 2007
When they run out of clever ways to be funny, they fall back on their old standbys: crude, rude, nude, and lewd, which just shows that they didn't have enough material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
January 1, 2008
Paul Rudd stole this performance in the Beatles sequence and had to be one of his best comical pieces to date. The only reason I could recommend this film is to see this scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 20, 2007
...almost entirely devoid of elements designed to hold the viewer's interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
January 2, 2008
It's afraid to leave its comfort zone, and its primary joke wears thin in a hurry.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
January 5, 2008
For all of the care and creativity put into Walk Hard's original songs, the rest of the film feels less inspired and maybe a little lazy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Christopher
Times (UK)
January 18, 2008
A dismal indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 17, 2008
a perfect storm of incompetent idiocy that might kill off mockumentaries altogether.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 18, 2008
The end of a golden run for Judd Apatow.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
December 21, 2007
The result is a film that has a few winning and entertaining moments, but ultimately feels like a Will Ferrell comedy and/or a 'Saturday Night Live' skit that managed to grow out of control
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 20, 2007
Apatow and director Jake Kasdan deliver a fair number of laughs, though nearly every good idea is pressed into service as a running gag. The biggest disappointment is their survey of rock history, which has all the depth of a Time-Life book.
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