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Walk the Line Reviews

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.
December 6, 2005
Mangold was wisely generous with the amount of musical performance he included in the film, and the later scenes -- showing Cash and Carter as partners -- are so well shot and edited, they defy you to sit still.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2005
If Walk the Line isn't the full story of Johnny Cash, it's at least a crucial corner of it, a way of coaxing a legend down to a human scale, without shrinking that legend away to nothingness.
November 18, 2005
Phoenix is terrific in Walk the Line - - the actor's taciturn, brooding persona dovetails beautifully with the role - - but it's his scenes opposite Witherspoon that give the movie its real spark.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2005
A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 18, 2005
[Director] James Mangold's mostly excellent Walk the Line is designed as a Christian epic.
November 18, 2005
Joaquin Phoenix isn't Johnny Cash. But with the clip-clop of rhythms behind him, aiming his guitar like a gun, he puts on one sensational show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 18, 2005
Walk the Line is less music history than love story, and it comes down to the performances of the two people at its center, both of which are splendid.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2005
The problem is that the movie plays down almost everything that made Cash great: the train rumble of a voice, the direct, poetic truth of his best lyrics, the invention of his outlaw image and his constant creativity.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2005
A passionate, warts-and-all chronicle of an extraordinary American artist, not to mention a love story that can't be beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 18, 2005
It's a celebration of the good times and bad times shared by a man and woman who found each other in the middle of some historic craziness, and it rocks.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 leaves you feeling an unusual sensation, at least as far as current movies go: You feel as if you've gotten your money's worth when it comes to entertainment and drama.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 18, 2005
Mangold's direction is excellent, and the script - - by Mangold and Gil Davis - - captures the complex characters without relying on biopic cliché.
November 18, 2005
Walk the Line is a spirited and winning reminder of the man before he became the legend, of the giant shadow he cast, and of the remarkable woman who cast her shadow over him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 18, 2005
At its most basic levels, Walk the Line does what it's supposed to.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2005
Walk the Line is the only movie I've seen three times this year -- and I'd happily watch it again and again.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 18, 2005
The film sends you home moved and in a tuneful mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 18, 2005
While Cash and Carter's music gives the movie its undeniable soundtrack, it's their thwarted yet constant tale of friendship and love that makes Walk the Line a big-movie pleasure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2005
Who wouldn't want to see a movie about how Johnny Cash became Johnny Cash?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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 17, 2005
In Walk the Line, Joaquin Phoenix doesn't look exactly like Johnny Cash. He doesn't sound exactly like Cash, either. But he is Johnny Cash.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 17, 2005
The musical sequences are the best thing about Walk the Line, and luckily they are plentiful.
November 17, 2005
The movie is less an uncharted journey than a 2 p.m. bus tour of a music industry legend. But like an expert guide, Mangold shepherds the story with enough grace, energy and skill to make it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 17, 2005
There's no mistaking the sound of Johnny Cash, and Walk the Line gets it just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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 sang like he meant business...Walk the Line, with its dead-on performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, helps you understand that quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 17, 2005
True to its better-late-than-never romance, Walk the Line is a swooning musical Valentine's Day card just in time for Thanksgiving.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 17, 2005
In summary, it sounds like Ray revisited. But Walk the Line has its own provocative style and a group of outstanding performances.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 17, 2005
In spite of its standard biopic gaps and simplifications, Walk the Line gets the big things right.
November 17, 2005
Walk the Line is an engaging biopic that would totally lack surprise were it not for Reese Witherspoon, and a healthy touch of ambivalence about the populist myth that bound The Man in Black to his adoring public.
November 17, 2005
You won't go out humming the filmmaking, but Walk the Line showcases two of this year's most vivid screen performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2005
It's engaging, involving stuff, walking a fine line between reality and art.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 16, 2005
It's the curious fact that for a man so revered, a movie about his life should be so unexceptional.
November 16, 2005
Cash devotees may have a different reaction to this picture. In fact, although I liked it, my bet is that they will love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2005
A big, juicy, enjoyable wide-canvas biography with a handful of indelible moments, but it's just compelling enough to make you wish that it had attained the level of artistry of those other films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 15, 2005
It doesn't leave you with much to think about, except maybe the empty vibrato of effective ventriloquism.
November 14, 2005
This movie is a lot less interesting than it might be. Though it's not bad -- in fact, it's rather sweet -- it's too simple a portrait of a very complicated and calculating entertainer.
November 14, 2005
There's no denying the biopic cliches, but Phoenix and Witherspoon jump even those hurdles. It's going to be hard for audiences and the Academy not to show them some love.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2005
A definitive portrait of one of most influential figures in modern American music.
September 14, 2005
James Mangold's movie, too, has its rewards as it manages to skirt many of the usual dangers of any truthful look at a legend, especially a musical one.
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
September 6, 2005
Walk the Line is a strongly acted, musically vibrant, conventionally satisfying biopic.