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James Mangold's Walk the Line tells the life story of country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix), focusing primarily on the long courtship he had with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). The film is structured as an extended flashback opening with Cash readying to take the stage at his historic Folsom Prison Concert. The film touches on his childhood, relating a horrific early incident from his life and establishing the troubled relationship he would have with his father (Robert Patrick). Cash joins the military and leaves home. During his time in the armed services he begins writing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's a tidy Hollywood arc imposed on a messy real life, but it gets the job done."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"Reverently reductive"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"a very solid piece of filmmaking... but as a biopic it walks the line between conservative and bland."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"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."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"the acting compensates for the weaknesses in the script"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A fun, well acted, and well directed piece of filmmaking..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A sturdily conventional biopic."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"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."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"[Director] James Mangold's mostly excellent Walk the Line is designed as a Christian epic."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"What made this film work, and what ultimately won it most of its acclaim, were the performances of the actors."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Walk the Line isn't as great a biopic as Ray, but it's still a fine tribute to the Man in Black and his muse."
‑ Christian Toto, Washington Times
"Witherspoon delivers a full-bodied, note-perfect performance as sassy, no-nonsense June, and proves herself an able singer in the process."
‑ Carolyn Arends, Christianity Today
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