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"Walk the Line" follows the early years in the career of American music legend Johnny Cash. The young Cash sets out on life's journey battered by his brother's accidental death and an abusive father, who blames him for the incident. His rise to fame with such hits as "A Boy Named Sue" and "Ring of Fire" is countered by his struggle with amphetamines, barbiturates and alcohol. His instability, both financial and emotional, leads to the failure of his first marriage. The few comforts of his unhappy youth had come from the radio programs of June Carter, the… 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Reese Witherspoon is a marvel."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
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