'Walk the Line' Critic Reviews

95%
MovieWeb:   6 reviews
82%
Rotten Tomatoes:   222 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 9 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Johnny Cash gets the musical biopic treatment in this moderately entertaining, never quite convincing chronicle of his early years.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
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  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The musical sequences are the best thing about Walk the Line, and luckily they are plentiful.
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  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    The film sends you home moved and in a tuneful mood.
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  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It doesn't leave you with much to think about, except maybe the empty vibrato of effective ventriloquism.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
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  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    84
    In summary, it sounds like Ray revisited. But Walk the Line has its own provocative style and a group of outstanding performances.
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  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
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  • Ken Tucker New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    You won't go out humming the filmmaking, but Walk the Line showcases two of this year's most vivid screen performances.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    There's no mistaking the sound of Johnny Cash, and Walk the Line gets it just right.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    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.
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  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
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  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    It's the curious fact that for a man so revered, a movie about his life should be so unexceptional.
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  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Walk the Line is a strongly acted, musically vibrant, conventionally satisfying biopic.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    100
    Walk the Line is the only movie I've seen three times this year -- and I'd happily watch it again and again.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    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 » 9 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 9 years ago