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Walking Tall

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available


Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson plays Chris Vaughn, a retired soldier who returns to his hometown only to discover the place he grew up is now overrun with crime, drugs and violence.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

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

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 18
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A dull, drab and pointless rehash, Walking Tall ironically manages to diminish the Rock's stature as both a leading man and an action star.

- David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, April 2, 2004

Rotten: One mediocre, ploddingly predictable film, loaded down with cheesy Hollywood tactics.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Friday, April 2, 2004

Rotten: Has none of the social edge that made the Vietnam-era film the pride of the hixploitation genre.

- Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Friday, April 2, 2004

Audience Reviews

0 star

Skip this crap & go see the original

- dukeakasmudge, Thursday, October 22, 2009

4 stars

A great and explosive good time. Wild, funny and loaded with pure head-bashing and bone-crunching in your face action. An awsome adreniline-pumping ride. The Rock is sensational in his role, he's on his way to movie superstardome. The Rock shows he's not the beefy machine gun action hero but a hero with heart. Johnny Knoxville is teriffic. He also delivers some great comic relief. It's pulse-pounding fun that never lets up. Powerful and relentlessly enjoyable. One of those rare old school action films that delivers excatly what you want.

- allan913, Sunday, April 6, 2008

3 stars

Entertaining and very short. Which is a good thing in this case.

- lewiskendell, Monday, March 3, 2008