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Walk the Line Reviews

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November 20, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 1, 2009
Reverently reductive
August 16, 2007
a very solid piece of filmmaking... but as a biopic it walks the line between conservative and bland.
November 15, 2005
Walk the Line missteps by routinely forgoing credible biographical grittiness in favor of glossy Hollywood mythologizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2005
Cringingly, Walk the Line is as formulaic a biographical picture as can be made.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
September 9, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 17, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 17, 2005
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.
November 18, 2005
["Walk the Line"] is more a series of episodes strung together, interspersed with stage performances of Cash in concert.
November 15, 2005
It doesn't leave you with much to think about, except maybe the empty vibrato of effective ventriloquism.
November 17, 2005
Walk the Line has plenty of chemicals, but very little chemistry between its stars.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 17, 2005
Johnny Cash gets the musical biopic treatment in this moderately entertaining, never quite convincing chronicle of his early years.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 18, 2005
Walk the Line isn't a bad movie. It's just a shallow and superficial one.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 21, 2005
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 | Original Score: C
December 11, 2005
...tedious and repetitive...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2006
A sorry excuse for a musical biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 16, 2005
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 | Original Score: 6/10
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