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Universal acclaim- based on 311 Ratings

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  • Summary: The story of the young Johnny Cash and his incendiary love affair with June Carter Cash come to life in Walk the Line. (20th Century Fox)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 100
    Walk the Line superbly combines music and two of the year's most riveting performances to tell one of the screen's great love stories.
  2. 88
    What adds boundless energy to Walk the Line is the performance by Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash.
  3. A big, juicy, enjoyable wide-canvas biography with a handful of indelible moments.
  4. A passionate, chronicle of an extraordinary artist, and a love story that can't be beat.
  5. Cash made some untamed, exhilarating sounds in its formative days. Walk the Line is strongest when it shows him in love with either his music or his muse.
  6. The decision to approach Johnny's life as a love story causes Mangold to neglect the development of Johnny's music.
  7. There is no way a feature-length movie could do justice to such bounty, and Walk the Line settles for the minimum.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 109
  2. Negative: 12 out of 109
  1. JanieG
    Jan 1, 2006
    10
    Amazing!!!...I have already watched in twice in theaters!!!....Voices were outstanding...didnt even realize it was the actors!.....Worth every $
  2. ShaneR.
    Mar 18, 2006
    10
    Loved it! I fell in love with Reece Witherspoon or June Carter, not sure which and Phoenix was incredible too! These actors actually Loved it! I fell in love with Reece Witherspoon or June Carter, not sure which and Phoenix was incredible too! These actors actually performed all vocals themselves. The music was incredible, the acting was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Wish there was a movie soundtrack available! Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2011
    10
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, walk the line. in entertaining movie with a good message. Don't do speed or you will lose everything but gain a wife. Even soAhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, walk the line. in entertaining movie with a good message. Don't do speed or you will lose everything but gain a wife. Even so the main part of the movie was to shoe that he walked the line, been to the worst place almost any Artist could go and came out of it. He was the first person that people said was messed up in the music biz. Expand
  4. CateS.
    Nov 20, 2005
    9
    Great singing and sensational insight into what made Cash great. All that and a love story too.
  5. ClintM.
    Nov 28, 2005
    8
    Witherspoon and Phoenix are so deserving of the recent praise they've recieved for their performances in this movie. They're both Witherspoon and Phoenix are so deserving of the recent praise they've recieved for their performances in this movie. They're both so talented and completely transform into their characters without making it obvious that they're trying to act like someone they're not. I never knew Johnny Cash or June Carter's music or story and thanks to the makers they don't punish you for it. The story was totally engaging and rich on so many levels. Expand
  6. LaunceR.
    Dec 5, 2005
    7
    Joaquin and Reese are very good in this biopic, which follows the genre's standard form too closely. The movie manages to stay very Joaquin and Reese are very good in this biopic, which follows the genre's standard form too closely. The movie manages to stay very close to the narrative established in a couple of Cash's biographies; the exception, however, would be in the story of Cash's own family and friends. While we see Cash's father and mother, his surviving sibling and friends -- who apparently played very central roles in drying out the drugged up and drunken pop star -- are missing. Also, I fault the film for largely ignoring the important role of Cash's Christianity in his recovery and his art. Cash was a progressive evangelical, a species of Christian that has almost vanished from the public arena in the United States today. I wish more on that had been included. Still, not the worst waste of celluloid in this otherwise desolate holiday season. Expand
  7. JR
    Nov 18, 2005
    0
    Who knew Cash was not only boring but couldn't sing very well.

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