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Walking Tall Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... a real disappointment.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 5, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The film is comprised of four violent action scenes tied together by nearly 50 minutes of alternately hilarious (unintentionally, of course) and dull filler.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 3, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 2, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Walking Tall actually underserves its star, who is better than schlocky material like this would lead you to believe.

April 2, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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One mediocre, ploddingly predictable film, loaded down with cheesy Hollywood tactics.

April 2, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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This revised Walking Tall has only kinetic energy going for it.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

April 2, 2004
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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When the credits roll after the climactic beatdown, the story feels like it's missing an act.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A routine showcase, modest in its aspiration and effective within its limits, entertaining in the moment but, in the end, faintly silly.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2004
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A dull, drab and pointless rehash, Walking Tall ironically manages to diminish the Rock's stature as both a leading man and an action star.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

April 2, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A big step backward for The Scorpion King.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

April 2, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's certainly a busy little movie, although none of it makes much sense.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 2, 2004
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Exciting stuff in its primitive, predictable way.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Has none of the social edge that made the Vietnam-era film the pride of the hixploitation genre.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Yes, it's all astoundingly dumb. But it's also surprisingly effective, largely due to Johnson, a charismatic, likable screen presence who displays none of the arrogance and vanity of a Vin Diesel or Steven Seagal.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Walking Tall is absolutely terrible, dumb beyond fun, truncated, ludicrous and completely disconnected from reality.

| Original Score: D-

April 2, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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With at least two or three plot threads left dangling, the film sprints to a climax that is undercut by its abruptness.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The original Walking Tall was about the triumph of an ordinary man over the forces of evil. Near as I could tell, this one's about the triumph of The Rock.

| Original Score: C-

April 2, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Does have its fair share of fun.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A cartoon of retribution and revenge.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Monotonously by-the-numbers.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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It's yet another dumb-as-dirt revenge story, in which the basic rules of government -- and plain horse sense -- have been repealed.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 2, 2004
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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[The Rock] may be ready to rumble, but Walking Tall is a stumble.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 2, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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If the movie has one virtue, it's a kind of surface vitality that results from director Kevin Bray's speed-at- all-costs approach.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

April 1, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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There was a time when guys would grab a six-pack and watch this kind of flick at a drive-in. I mean that as a compliment.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 1, 2004
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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Solid but unremarkable.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

April 1, 2004
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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Unlike so many of our recent action heroes, the Rock seems to be less about anger and revenge than about justice and self-discipline, a nuance that is also a saving grace.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The image of the Rock standing tall in the poster for Walking Tall, hefty piece of lumber delicately poised to decimate the ungodly, is powerful and persuasive. Too bad you can't say quite the same for the film.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 1, 2004
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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This is Vigilante Justice 101, made vaguely more palatable by the Rock's undeniable charisma.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 1, 2004
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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As remakes go, Walking Tall exemplifies the dumbing down of stupidity.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 1, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film is thankfully free of the nasty aftertaste that accompanied the Death Wish and Dirty Harry revenge fantasies of the '70s.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 1, 2004
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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I know it's a movie, and sure, the bad guys are pretty brutal, but siccing this hulk of a man on the town, no matter what his intentions, doesn't spell justice to me.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 1, 2004
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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What we have here is another fine example of the devolution of Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

April 1, 2004
Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
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Cartoon mayhem that doesn't have the desperate vengeance to stir us up emotionally.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 31, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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This Walking Tall loses in depth what it gains in star power.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

March 31, 2004
Ed Halter
Village Voice
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A ridiculous macho slugfest attempting to reassert the '80s-style roid-raging revenge narrative.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 30, 2004
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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The cast acquits itself well, with the Rock evincing a quiet balance between humor and brawn.

March 29, 2004
Scott Foundas
Variety
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This new version moves along at a good clip and provides a terrific action leading role for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 29, 2004
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