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Walking Tall Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 5, 2004
... a real disappointment.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 3, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 2, 2004
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 2, 2004
Walking Tall actually underserves its star, who is better than schlocky material like this would lead you to believe.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 2, 2004
One mediocre, ploddingly predictable film, loaded down with cheesy Hollywood tactics.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 2, 2004
This revised Walking Tall has only kinetic energy going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
April 2, 2004
When the credits roll after the climactic beatdown, the story feels like it's missing an act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 2, 2004
A routine showcase, modest in its aspiration and effective within its limits, entertaining in the moment but, in the end, faintly silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2, 2004
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 2, 2004
A big step backward for The Scorpion King.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 2, 2004
It's certainly a busy little movie, although none of it makes much sense.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 2, 2004
Exciting stuff in its primitive, predictable way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 2, 2004
Has none of the social edge that made the Vietnam-era film the pride of the hixploitation genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 2, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 2, 2004
Walking Tall is absolutely terrible, dumb beyond fun, truncated, ludicrous and completely disconnected from reality.
| Original Score: D-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 2, 2004
With at least two or three plot threads left dangling, the film sprints to a climax that is undercut by its abruptness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 2, 2004
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-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 2, 2004
Does have its fair share of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 2, 2004
A cartoon of retribution and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 2, 2004
Monotonously by-the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 2, 2004
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
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
April 2, 2004
[The Rock] may be ready to rumble, but Walking Tall is a stumble.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 1, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 1, 2004
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
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
April 1, 2004
Solid but unremarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
April 1, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 1, 2004
This is Vigilante Justice 101, made vaguely more palatable by the Rock's undeniable charisma.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 1, 2004
As remakes go, Walking Tall exemplifies the dumbing down of stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 1, 2004
The film is thankfully free of the nasty aftertaste that accompanied the Death Wish and Dirty Harry revenge fantasies of the '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
April 1, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 1, 2004
What we have here is another fine example of the devolution of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
March 31, 2004
Cartoon mayhem that doesn't have the desperate vengeance to stir us up emotionally.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 31, 2004
This Walking Tall loses in depth what it gains in star power.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
March 30, 2004
A ridiculous macho slugfest attempting to reassert the '80s-style roid-raging revenge narrative.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
March 29, 2004
The cast acquits itself well, with the Rock evincing a quiet balance between humor and brawn.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
March 29, 2004
This new version moves along at a good clip and provides a terrific action leading role for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.
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AV Club
December 11, 2003