Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) forms an enduring bond with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon) and struggles with drug addiction on the way to music stardom.
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Walk the Line isn't a bad movie. It's just a shallow and superficial one. "
" [Director] James Mangold's mostly excellent Walk the Line is designed as a Christian epic. "
" 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. "
" Mangold's direction is excellent, and the script - - by Mangold and Gil Davis - - captures the complex characters without relying on biopic cliche. "
" A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling. "
" 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. "
" A passionate, warts-and-all chronicle of an extraordinary American artist, not to mention a love story that can't be beat. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
REELZ isn't just a great place for movie reviews and celebrity news, we also have a great slate of original programming.
Choose one of our shows below to learn more!
SIGN UP FOR THE REELZ NEWSLETTER: