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  • Summary: America loves Cox! But behind the singer/songwriter's music is the up-and-down-and-up-again story of a musician whose songs would change a nation. On his rock-and-roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 stepkids, stars in his own '70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to--and then kicks--every drug known to humankind...but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon. (Sony Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. 91
    For 45 minutes, it zings along on perfectly pitched overstatement.
  2. 75
    The first 30 or so minutes of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story condense the entire Hollywood biopic genre into a sweet chewable tablet. It's the Flintstones vitamin of spoofs.
  3. 75
    Reilly is required to walk a tightrope; is he suffering or kidding suffering, or kidding suffering about suffering? That we're not sure adds to the appeal.
  4. 63
    For those who enjoy the saturation style of humor and appreciate the way in which parody is not pushed too far into the absurd, Walk Hard is not without merit.
  5. The tunes are so good, you can’t believe the film itself doesn’t amount to more, especially with the rightness of the casting. Still, a few laughs are better than none.
  6. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    60
    John C Reilly just about holds together a funny but patchy comedy that puts a ten-megaton bomb under the cliched rock biopic – and never detonates it.
  7. The film is a saggy, oddly mean-spirited takeoff of "Walk the Line."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 44
  2. Negative: 14 out of 44