The tricky thing about parody movies is that the jokes get old fast and they're hit-and-miss. Walk Hard, a spoof of every musical biopic from "Ray" to "Walk the Line," is guilty on both counts. How lucky that when the jokes do hit, they kick major ass.
Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune
The tunes are so good, you can’t believe the film itself doesn’t amount to more, especially with the rightness of the casting. Still, a few laughs are better than none.
Strums the genre for considerable laughs, with John C. Reilly playing the title balladeer from teen to senior citizen, generating enough goodwill to offset the flat sections and a decidedly juvenile streak.
This burlesque of biopic clichés flounders from one setup to the next without the engine that drives the genre: a strong central character.
Lawrence ToppmanCharlotte Observer
The film is a saggy, oddly mean-spirited takeoff of "Walk the Line."