Walk the Line - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Walk the Line Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 5, 2006
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.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
January 5, 2006
It's a crowd-pleaser, one you can't walk out of feeling cheated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jordan Hiller
January 4, 2006
Luckily, at the heart of this movie is the tender, ever rocky relationship between soul-mates Johnny Cash and June Carter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
January 2, 2006
A stirring, straightforward musical masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 31, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
December 24, 2005
[Y]ou'd be foolish to miss it because it does boast moments of true perfection and genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
December 19, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
December 14, 2005
Director James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay, connects the dots with enough swagger and enjoyable details ...
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 13, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
December 13, 2005
[A]n old-fashioned C&W standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
December 12, 2005
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
Alan Dale
December 11, 2005
[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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 11, 2005
...tedious and repetitive...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 10, 2005
Biopics are among my least favorite genres because of the almost inevitable problems, but this was a pretty good biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Houston
Palm Beach Daily News
December 9, 2005
Walk the Line is buoyed by such sharp writing and strong performances that it floats above the tired conventions of the movie biography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
December 9, 2005
When it ended, I thought "Huh? But the story was just getting going!"
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
December 9, 2005
A mighty fine piece of work.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
December 8, 2005
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.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 6, 2005
Phoenix as Cash in Walk the Line is the next best thing to having been there, I suppose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
December 6, 2005
Cash's story may be interesting, but you wouldn't know it by this plodding paint-by-numbers script, which not only presages every plot point in the first scene, but offers not a scintilla of insight.
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