Walk the Line
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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Andrew Sarris 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.
Stephanie Zacharek 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.
Richard Corliss [Director] James Mangold's mostly excellent Walk the Line is designed as a Christian epic.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) Mangold's direction is excellent, and the script - - by Mangold and Gil Davis - - captures the complex characters without relying on biopic cliche.
Ann Hornaday The musical sequences are the best thing about Walk the Line, and luckily they are plentiful.
David Edelstein In spite of its standard biopic gaps and simplifications, Walk the Line gets the big things right.
Ella Taylor 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.
Rex Reed It's the curious fact that for a man so revered, a movie about his life should be so unexceptional.
J. Hoberman It doesn't leave you with much to think about, except maybe the empty vibrato of effective ventriloquism.
David Denby 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.
Richard Roeper A definitive portrait of one of most influential figures in modern American music.
Kirk Honeycutt 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.
Todd McCarthy Walk the Line is a strongly acted, musically vibrant, conventionally satisfying biopic.