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Walking Tall Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Though there's something mildly disarming about a movie this unpretentious, a few more like it might end up turning The Rock into a TV actor.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The movie itself is neither a catastrophe nor major.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's not a guy I know who hasn't been looking forward to seeing The Rock pick up the big wooden stick first swung by Joe Don Baker more than 30 years ago.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The cast acquits itself well, with the Rock evincing a quiet balance between humor and brawn.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

OK as a WWE grudge match, but not as a movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is close to an R for extreme and graphic violence and very strong language. Characters are drug dealers and a young boy smokes marijuana and takes crystal meth. Characters drink and smoke. There are scenes in a casino including scantily-clad dancers. There is a non-explicit sexual situation.

  • Families can talk about the difference between being a law enforcer and being a vigilante.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense violence for a PG-13.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Strippers (in underwear), sexual situation.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are drug dealers, child takes drugs, drinking and smoking.