Walk the Line Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Johnny Cash gets the musical biopic treatment in this moderately entertaining, never quite convincing chronicle of his early years.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • (Walk the Line movie review at Guardian [UK])

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • The musical sequences are the best thing about Walk the Line, and luckily they are plentiful.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • The film sends you home moved and in a tuneful mood.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It doesn't leave you with much to think about, except maybe the empty vibrato of effective ventriloquism.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • In summary, it sounds like Ray revisited. But Walk the Line has its own provocative style and a group of outstanding performances.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • (Walk the Line movie review at New York Magazine)

    Ken Tucker — New York Magazine

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • You won't go out humming the filmmaking, but Walk the Line showcases two of this year's most vivid screen performances.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • There's no mistaking the sound of Johnny Cash, and Walk the Line gets it just right.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

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