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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jul 30, 2014
    100
    In 2007, Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for his subtle performance as Ray Charles. Boseman exceeds that solid standard. Incarnating James Brown in all his ornery uniqueness, he deserves a Pulitzer, a Nobel and instant election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 31, 2014
    88
    Get on Up hits all these high points. But the Butterworths fracture the order, fruitfully. They're more interested in making musical and dramatic connections across time and space — something in the '70s triggering a childhood memory, for example — than in laying them out predictably.
  3. 80
    Tate Taylor’s film cares less about narrative clarity and more about portraying a life lived between the extremes of sin and grace, between the abject and the sublime. It’s lively, stylized, and genuinely surprising.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 31, 2014
    75
    Taylor's movie is overly episodic, but a number of those episodes are marvelous.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 1, 2014
    67
    Though Get On Up never congeals into a satisfactory whole, its fragmentary portrait of the singer at the height of his fame — intercut with his troubled single-parent childhood — effectively shows his invasive power in popular culture.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Lowry
    Jan 9, 2015
    60
    Handsomely mounted and energetically played, this movie captures much of the real genius of James Brown... then obscures it with needless chronological fiddling.
  7. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jul 30, 2014
    33
    Get On Up is the Hollywood biopic at its near-worst — a formless, extravagant assortment of historical incidents and lip-synched musical numbers, which ultimately amount to little more than a 138-minute showcase reel for Chadwick Boseman’s technically impressive and utterly opaque James Brown impression.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Aug 2, 2014
    10
    No chance I'm ever going to see a better movie. I loved Get On Up , brilliant movie!!!DO see this! A great movie for the whole family. If youNo chance I'm ever going to see a better movie. I loved Get On Up , brilliant movie!!!DO see this! A great movie for the whole family. If you only see one movie this summer see Get On Up !!! Expand
  2. Aug 2, 2014
    9
    Outstanding performance by Chadwick Boseman. His James Brown is spot on. The movie tells the back story of one of rock n' roll's most definingOutstanding performance by Chadwick Boseman. His James Brown is spot on. The movie tells the back story of one of rock n' roll's most defining stars. The plot is a bit jumbled with timelines bouncing back & forth, but Boseman's performance makes the trip more than worth the ride. Expand
  3. Mar 15, 2015
    8
    Really enjoyed this movie. Laughed at the beginning, felt sad at times for his terrible childhood but overall, had me from start to finish. AReally enjoyed this movie. Laughed at the beginning, felt sad at times for his terrible childhood but overall, had me from start to finish. A very good portrait of the Godfather of Soul. Bobby Byrd was well played too and the actors has a great chemistry as there lives progressed together. Overall a solid 8 for me.
    Plus, after watching, i just had to go and play some JB of course. Thanks Legend for all the good music!
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  4. Aug 3, 2014
    7
    An engaging look at the life of one of the music industry's most influential figures, with an outstanding, award-worthy performance byAn engaging look at the life of one of the music industry's most influential figures, with an outstanding, award-worthy performance by Chadwick Boseman. The approach used in telling the protagonist's story, which alternates between straightforward biography and nonlinear character study, doesn't always work as well as it could, but the film nevertheless manages to effectively explore the success of this giant of the entertainment world. Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2014
    6
    Sometime during the movie a thought occurred to me: "How could this happen without him getting arrested?" and so it stayed and cropped upSometime during the movie a thought occurred to me: "How could this happen without him getting arrested?" and so it stayed and cropped up every time something ridiculous happened. Might be a hard pill to swallow but this is a biopic, recounted from people close to James Brown (with parts from his biography spattered in). It's not a typical biopic as it frequently breaks the "fourth wall" as well as other well-timed jokes about the past. Only really emotional when talking of his family, otherwise a show about a show performer. Must have been a blast filming.
    In summary, see it if you like his music (or any music from that era) otherwise worth a rent if you are curious.
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  6. Aug 5, 2014
    6
    This one is pretty good and is ultimately a good, fair look at James Brown's life. It did not show just all the success and positivity he had,This one is pretty good and is ultimately a good, fair look at James Brown's life. It did not show just all the success and positivity he had, but it also showed the negative elements of him and his life and, overall, felt very complete and well done. The storytelling could have been a little better (it kept jumping around in time throughout), but the direction was strong for the most part and felt very focused. The soundtrack is also great, as expected. The acting from all is also good, however, the real superstar here is Chadwick Boseman. In a true Oscar nomination-worthy performance, Boseman really embodies Brown to a t and really brings the "funk" and "groove" in his performance and his dance moves. This was a true powerhouse performance from an actor who is clearly somebody on the rise. At the end of the day, it is a biopic and it is hard to cover everything in a person's life in a 2 hour+ time frame, but I think this one did pretty well (even if it did jump around and gloss over some things) and, as I said, felt very fair. But, this one will be remembered as the film that made Boseman into a star, more so than for any other element of it. Expand
  7. Aug 10, 2014
    4
    Weak attempt at trying to recreate RAY-like cast and atmosphere here.
    I think Chadwick Boseman gives a pretty good performance but this lacks
    Weak attempt at trying to recreate RAY-like cast and atmosphere here.
    I think Chadwick Boseman gives a pretty good performance but this lacks originality and uniqueness.
    Be here, seen this.
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