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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Reviews

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
January 4, 2008
Walk Hard runs down quickly, and suffers further from having the wide-eyed and weightless Reilly as its star.
January 4, 2008
Reilly is recklessly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 4, 2008
Cox rocks.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2008
Call me a cynic, call me a curmudgeon, call me perverse -- I loved every moment of Dewey Cox's story.
December 26, 2007
Walk Hard is the kind of movie that you want to love and not just like, but liking it is good enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
In a season filled with so many feel-bad movies, don't underestimate the appeal of something as silly as Walk Hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2007
There are a few too many lazy jokes played off Dewey's last name, but not nearly enough to wipe that grin off your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
Writer-producer Judd Apatow, star John C. Reilly and director Jake Kasdan eviscerate the genre gleefully.
December 21, 2007
Walk Hard limps soft.
December 21, 2007
Walk Hard is funniest in its first half, when you're not quite sure where it's going, and drags in the second, by which time you realize it's going nowhere.
December 21, 2007
In a season loaded with serious films about war and loss, there's bound to be an audience out there looking for some undemanding holiday laughs.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2007
This smart new spoof works because its makers...obviously love the genre they have so much fun sending up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
Instead of sending everything over the top at high energy, like Top Secret or Airplane!, they allow Reilly to more or less actually play the character, so that, against all expectations, some scenes actually approach real sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
It's the Flintstones vitamin of spoofs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
This gleeful skewering of American popular music works because of the talents of director Jake Kasdan and a cast led by John C. Reilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2007
Walk Hard offers a quantity of laughs that few comedies could match.
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 20, 2007
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story has a good beat and you can dance to it, though mostly you'll probably just tap your foot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2007
While "Walk Hard" makes for a fine soundtrack, it's less entertaining as a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
December 20, 2007
[An] erratic, but enjoyable goof from the Judd Apatow hit-making machine.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2007
Walk Hard is 100 minutes of fun, and for pure, uncomplicated enjoyment, it's the movie to see right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2007
Walk Hard is one of those fish-in-a-barrel comedies that mine a rich comedic vein but manage to come up with few genuine gems.
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
December 20, 2007
Judd Apatow can do no wrong, apparently.
December 20, 2007
Milks the pat formulations of its brethren, such as Walk the Line, for all the laughs they're worth. And then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2007
It's the role of a lifetime for Reilly, who plays Cox from a teenager to an old man (older actors playing kids are a running joke).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2007
Never stops sprinting from its snickering start to that big finish.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
December 18, 2007
This burlesque of biopic cliches flounders from one setup to the next without the engine that drives the genre: a strong central character.
December 18, 2007
...Not all the bits (among them a "Yellow Submarine"-like acid trip) work equally well. Fortunately, there's a general exuberance and fondness for the musical material that eases the rough spots.
December 17, 2007
A pitch-perfect musical comedy that at long last moves the talented John C. Reilly up the billing ladder from second banana to top banana.
December 13, 2007
The tricky thing about parody movies is that the jokes get old fast and they're hit-and-miss. Walk Hard is guilty on both counts. How lucky that when the jokes do hit, they kick major ass.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 12, 2007
Walk Hard isn't merciless (except for maybe one wicked sequence with the Beatles), and that's because it so loves what it's sending up: the pleasure, ego, and sheer exhaustion of what happens behind the music.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 10, 2007
It's kind of nice to see [John C. Reilly] get a showcase role like this.