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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)
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. Cash was a true anomaly: a poseur who was also the genuine article. A better movie would have made that contradiction its core.
  5. 75
    Conventional to the core but gets a blast of pure, hard-driving energy from Joaquin Phoenix's and Reese Witherspoon's vividly realized performances.
  6. The movie is less an uncharted journey than a 2 p.m. bus tour of a music industry legend. But like an expert guide, Mangold shepherds the story with enough grace, energy and skill to make it worthwhile.
  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 106
  2. Negative: 12 out of 106
  1. Mar 25, 2011
    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 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
  2. Aug 4, 2013
    Not all the parts were completely true but they had to keep the movie short enough to keep attention. I think it would be better with the deleted scenes. I still loved it. Music is great, clothes, cars, hair, was very good.some were wondering why Jerry lee Lewis was in there. Jerry was touring with John and they were good friends. John was weaker in the movie than I thought. Movie of my overall review was a fantastic film still deleted scenes would have made it better but it is my favorite movie ever. I'd totally give this movie 20 points if I could. Helped? Email me at no negative please Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2013
    Not only is it the greatest, most evocative filmic depiction of a musician I've ever seen, it's easily one of the top three biopics I have ever seen. With Phoenix and Witherspoon's frighteningly uncanny performances, a superbly thematic script, a brilliant set of images, and an obviously extraordinary musical atmosphere, "Walk The Line" is nothing short of immaculate. Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2013
    A simply brilliant film that really gets behind the complex troubles that made Johnny cash who he was. The best part about this film is Reese Witherspoon's performance as June Carter, although ironically she seems to have a more polished voice than June but she still captures her character and her love for Johnny. The film ends on a romantic vibe which makes you forget about the adultery, heartache and drug use that had to happen before. It covers a lot of deep and heavy topics but the soundtrack and the tour sequences keep the film on an upbeat and feel good beat. Definitely an all time favourite! Expand
  5. Jun 7, 2013
    Roger Ebert said this about the film and I completely agree with him: "The music is great, the drama is great, the writing is great, the performances are great, I love it!" Joaquin Phoenix gives a brilliant performance as Johnny Cash, and Reese Witherspoon gives the performance of her career. Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2013
    Esta pelicula me gusto mucho, me parecio una buena pelicula para ser de su genero, me conmovio mucho el tema de la pelicula, me parecio grandioso; me gustaron las actuaciones de Joaquin Phoenix y Reese Whiterspoon. Expand
  7. Jan 21, 2013
    Biopics are never the most interesting of stories but Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are absolutely wonderful in their roles. It is a very believable friendship and love they have for one another, and the music is great! Expand

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