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Walk the Line Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The decision to approach Johnny's life as a love story causes Mangold to neglect the development of Johnny's music.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A big, juicy, enjoyable wide-canvas biography with a handful of indelible moments.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Breaks through the conventions of its biopic form with a pair of brilliant performances and a whole lot more.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Fascinating biopic, best for mature teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes frequent images of drug use and drunkenness, as Johnny Cash was a famously driven, unhappy man, as well as a brilliant artist. The film concerns his relationship with his wife June Carter, which involves both divorcing other spouses and tensions as she helps him fight his addictions. The film also features frequent cursing, drinking, and smoking, as well as fights between father and son. A boy is killed off-screen in a circle-saw accident. There is a brief sex scene and some adulterous behavior.

  • Families can talk about whether or not they feel this is an accurate portrayal of the events in Cash's life. Are there biases involved in the storytelling? Does the movie further the myth of Johnny Cash or provide new insight into his character? From whose point of view is the story told?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Father and son tensions, couples argue over money and moral principles.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A fatal accident occurs off-screen, leaving family members with bloody clothes; boy dies in hospital bed; some fist fighting and drunken behaviors.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A tasteful sex scene, some carousing by band members on the road.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language (including f-word, and Johnny's father's use of the n-word).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking; Johnny is addicted to amphetamines and alcohol.