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Walk the Line


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Release Date :

November 18, 2005

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Director :

James Mangold

Starring :

Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patrick, Ginnifer Goodwin, Shelby Lynne, Hailey Anne Nelson

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

9.5 of 10

“..one of the finest musical biodramas..”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]
5 of 5

“..Gill Dennis and director James Mangold have found what most biopics fail to uncover..”
by Erik Childress [EFilmCritic]
4 of 5

“..comes to life in two awards-worthy performances...”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
3 of 5

“..an ordinary film saved from mediocrity by stellar performances from Phoenix and Witherspoon..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]
“..an emotionally satisfying story of a man who battled many devils to claim a life of artistic and personal achievement...”
by Kirk Honeycutt [The Hollywood Reporter]
8 of 10

“..a thoroughly enjoyable movie that is further strengthened by outstanding performances..”
by Brendan Cullin [Empire Movies]
3 of 4

“..a superbly acted, generally enjoyable but conventional biopic..”
by Gary Goldstein [Reel]
5 of 5

“..a hugely enjoyable biopic..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]
4.5 of 5

“..a big, juicy, enjoyable wide-canvas biography with a handful of indelible moments..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
7 of 10
Reviewed by Mel Valentin [Movie-Vault]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by John Urbancich [Sun Newspapers of Cleveland]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Mark Plante [The Cinema Source]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by William Arnold [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by [E! Online]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Philip Wuntch [The Dallas Morning News]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Joe Williams [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Annette Cardwell [Filmcritic]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Eric Lurio [Greenwich Village Gazette]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by John Hayes [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Daniel Fienberg [Zap2it]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Sara M. Fetters [MovieFreak]
3 of 4
Reviewed by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
3 of 4
Reviewed by James Verniere [Boston Herald]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Duane Dudek [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Jack Mathews [New York Daily News]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Kevin Courrier [Boxoffice Magazine]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
Reviewed by Ken Eisner [Georgia Straight]
Reviewed by Steve Schneider [Orlando Weekly]
Reviewed by David Denby [The New Yorker]

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“..fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it's a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period..”
by Guy Lodge [Variety]


“..delightfully inventive, funny and touching and, surreptitiously, a great way of helping kids get a handle on all those inexplicable feelings..”
by David Sexton [This is London]


“..Villeneuve handles conventional action sequences terrifically well..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


“..from the cloying, ever-present score to the complete lack of narrative momentum, it all adds up to a film that's easily Van Sant's worst..”
by Oliver Lyttelton [The Playlist]


“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


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by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


“..a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash..”
by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


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by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]