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½ May 6, 2017
A biopic with wonderful music and strong acting, but also a less than fully satisfying script.
½ May 4, 2017
What an ironic title. We very clearly observe that the main character could not walk the line. I've never really liked Johnny Cash, but I think I like him even less after seeing this. For a biopic it isn't terribly made though. (First viewing - In my early twenties)
March 29, 2017
Walk the Line is musical drama about two country singers who fall in love. I loved the singing in the movie and Reese Witherspoon is a great actress. I thought the movie went on a little too long, but I loved watching the relationship grow over time. I would recommend this movie to people who like country music.
March 20, 2017
Well acted and interesting, but it just doesn't feel like anything special.
½ March 18, 2017
its joney cash
and i am just inspired and amazed
March 16, 2017
One of the best movies ever
March 2, 2017
Filme quase perfeito ( em questões biográficas )
February 22, 2017
Watched this many times, a great story, cast, with excellent performances both acting and musically.
½ February 1, 2017
Not without a thread of sentiment, relatability (and not to mention my personal knack for musical biopics) but this is certainly one of my favorite films. Resonated with (& impacted) me on so many levels, helmed by great direction and Oscar worthy performances
January 19, 2017
Walk the Line is a 2005 American motion picture directed by James Mangold, that can be considered a biopic as it is concerned with the life of the musician Johnny Cash, who is played by Joaquin Phoenix. The movie illustrates Cash's life and career from his youth until the year 1968 when he proposes to the singer June Carter, played by Reese Witherspoon.
After a short scene at Folsom Prison, where Johnny Cash examines a buzz saw before his performance, the story begins with Cash's youth in Arkansas, where his brother dies in a working accident with such a buzz saw. His father implies that it was Johnny's fault and says that god had taken the wrong son - a circumstance which Cash never manages to overcome. Cash's feeling of being insufficient will remain the motor of his downfall throughout the movie and this probably also leads to his addiction to pills and alcohol. Finally, Cash manages to get clean with the help of June Carter, with whom he is, although being married to another woman and having children, in love with and to whom he proposes in the end. Towards the end, the buzz saw scene at Folsom Prison is shown again, which closes the circle.
No matter if performing on stage, adoring June Carter or breaking down high on drugs and alcohol, Phoenix manages to convince the audience by providing the viewer with raw emotions and uncompromising credibility. However, Phoenix' magnificent performance as a broken and pitiful man, is only made possible by an equally talented Reese Witherspoon, who manages to create an endlessly charming and lovely June Carter.
As this movie is concerned with the life and career of different musicians, it is not surprising that it is packed with diegetic as well as non-diegetic music. However, Walk the Line cannot be considered only appropriate for fans of 50's and early 60's popular music. With its exiting and tragic plot and Phoenix' and Witherspoon's great acting, this movie will leave every cineaste satisfied.
½ January 10, 2017
Excellent movie into the story of Johnny Cash, one of the greatest American musicians of the century. Joaquin Phoenix gives a superb performance and deserves the oscar just as much as Reese Witherspoon. The film gives a candid representation of the music lifestyle, and the struggles that Johnny Cash had to fight with. Just the music performances alone are really entertaining and fun. But the film takes many serious turns that are so powerful. In the end, this film is very loving and sweet but can be brutally emotional as well. You'll definitely enjoy it.
November 24, 2016
This Johnny Cash biopic elevates only because of Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Patrick's excellent performances. Reese witherspoon is also amazing in her own way. Another great music biopic analyzing the psychology of an artist with the beauty of drama and inner conflict.Beautiful music and cinematography keep us all inhibited in this movie.
Another film that comes close to this will be the Joy Division frontman's biopic Control. Watch this because music biopics are rarely this good
November 23, 2016
I still not see this movie all the way throught yet.
October 15, 2016
James Mangold's take on the story of Johnny Cash certainly lives up to it's title in that it walks the (story)line of every music biopic preceding this one. The movie hits all of the beats you expect from the genre: it builds in the first act, the characters hit their low points around the midpoint into the end of the second act, and then rebound in the final third to wrap it all up. And yet, what Mangold has crafted here works so well despite being so familiar. The key to any biopic is the actor playing the lead character, and Walk the Line delivers in that regard with Joaquin Phoenix's masterful performance as Johnny Cash. For what he lacks in physical similarity to Cash, Phoenix completely embodies his soul, especially when it comes to the scenes where he performs musical numbers. Phoenix's vocal cadence is so eerily similar to Cash's, almost to the point where you're convinced that Phoenix is simply being dubbed by original recordings of Cash. In the quieter scenes, Phoenix infuses a quiet charm to Cash, and makes him into a compelling protagonist for all of his shortcomings. Alongside him is Reese Witherspoon as June Carter, who delivers what may be the best performance of her career. Witherspoon is rather charming as well, with an extroverted Southern charisma that complements Cash's quieter character quite nicely. Mangold deserves some credit as well, not only for getting two wonderful performances out of Phoenix and Witherspoon, but for crafting a 136 minute film that stays interesting throughout without having to resort to any fancy stylistic choices that could otherwise be distracting. Fans of Cash and newcomers to his music (if those somehow exist) should both find a lot to enjoy with the endless charm of Walk the Line.
October 15, 2016
Joaquin Phoenix is sensational as usual, but this film really opened me up to how talented an actress Reese Witherspoon is. The fact they both sang their own parts is a wonder. If it weren't for the lulls in the plot I would have given the five stars.
October 1, 2016
I rate this film 8.5/10. It is a very good, if not great movie. It is a biopic of hubris; of a tragic character that struggles with personal demons throughout his career.

Well acted, well balanced, perfectly timed and perfect execution of a biopic. The plot is developed at just the right pace for it not to feel too slow or too rushed. It ends before Johnny's low years in the 70s, where he did parts on television and his creative output was low, much like what happened to Elvis during the same period. Joaquin Phoenix does well in singing quite similarly to Cash. I was never a Johnny Cash fan, but this film exemplifies his iconic influence to bridging the gap between the early rock and roll and country musical genres.
September 21, 2016
Romantic and heartwarming, Walk the Line tells the story of the great Jonny Cash and his wife June Carter brilliantly, managing to give the audience strong emotions, thanks to amazing performances from Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
½ August 14, 2016
Even if you're not a fan of the man in black, you're bound to admire some qualities of this one. Phoenix gives a tour de force performance as Cash compliment by his own voice in the singing performances. Witherspoon is even more dynamic her and cash form great chemistry on screen.
Bradley T. Johnson
Super Reviewer
July 31, 2016
Bolstered by strong work from Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Ginnifer Goodwin (in a performance destined to be underrated even if it's not), Walk the Line is a sturdy bio-pic that probes the behavior and distinct singing of Johnny Cash and his topsy-turvy relationship with June Carter. Phoenix and Witherspoon are so great together, they bolster the film's occasional lapses into repetition. While Witherspoon most definitely deserved her Oscar for Best Actress in a vivid and charming performance as Carter (despite her lead role almost being pushed more towards supporting), Joaquin Phoenix also deserved his nomination and if Philip Seymour Hoffman hadn't have been so darn good in "Capote", this would be his award. The music and the performances, mixed in with some intense flares of drama turn this bio-pic into a memorable one. Rating: 81
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