Walk the Line

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    A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

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    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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    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.

    3/4
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    If Walk the Line isn't the full story of Johnny Cash, it's at least a crucial corner of it, a way of coaxing a legend down to a human scale, without shrinking that legend away to nothingness.

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    Phoenix is terrific in Walk the Line - - the actor's taciturn, brooding persona dovetails beautifully with the role - - but it's his scenes opposite Witherspoon that give the movie its real spark.

    3/4
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    A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.

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    [Director] James Mangold's mostly excellent Walk the Line is designed as a Christian epic.

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    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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    Walk the Line is less music history than love story, and it comes down to the performances of the two people at its center, both of which are splendid.

    3/4
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    The problem is that the movie plays down almost everything that made Cash great: the train rumble of a voice, the direct, poetic truth of his best lyrics, the invention of his outlaw image and his constant creativity.

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    A passionate, warts-and-all chronicle of an extraordinary American artist, not to mention a love story that can't be beat.

    3/4
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    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.

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    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.

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    Walk the Line isn't a bad movie. It's just a shallow and superficial one.

    2/4
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    Walk the Line leaves you feeling an unusual sensation, at least as far as current movies go: You feel as if you've gotten your money's worth when it comes to entertainment and drama.

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    Mangold's direction is excellent, and the script - - by Mangold and Gil Davis - - captures the complex characters without relying on biopic cliche.

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    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.

    4/5
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    At its most basic levels, Walk the Line does what it's supposed to.

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    Walk the Line is the only movie I've seen three times this year -- and I'd happily watch it again and again.

    4/4
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    The film sends you home moved and in a tuneful mood.

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    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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    Who wouldn't want to see a movie about how Johnny Cash became Johnny Cash?

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

    3/5
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    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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    The musical sequences are the best thing about Walk the Line, and luckily they are plentiful.

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    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.

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

    4/4
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    Walk the Line has plenty of chemicals, but very little chemistry between its stars.

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    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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    True to its better-late-than-never romance, Walk the Line is a swooning musical Valentine's Day card just in time for Thanksgiving.

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

    A-
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    In spite of its standard biopic gaps and simplifications, Walk the Line gets the big things right.

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    Walk the Line is an engaging biopic that would totally lack surprise were it not for Reese Witherspoon, and a healthy touch of ambivalence about the populist myth that bound The Man in Black to his adoring public.

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

    3/4
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    It's engaging, involving stuff, walking a fine line between reality and art.

    B
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    It's the curious fact that for a man so revered, a movie about his life should be so unexceptional.

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    Cash devotees may have a different reaction to this picture. In fact, although I liked it, my bet is that they will love it.

    3/4
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    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.

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

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    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.

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    There's no denying the biopic cliches, but Phoenix and Witherspoon jump even those hurdles. It's going to be hard for audiences and the Academy not to show them some love.

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    A definitive portrait of one of most influential figures in modern American music.

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    James Mangold's movie, too, has its rewards as it manages to skirt many of the usual dangers of any truthful look at a legend, especially a musical one.

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    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.

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    Walk the Line is a strongly acted, musically vibrant, conventionally satisfying biopic.

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