Get On Up

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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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  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  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. Dec 2, 2015
    9
    Amazing film! Brilliant! James Brown was a interesting character that overcame poverty and family abuse.

    Watch it online for free:
    Amazing film! Brilliant! James Brown was a interesting character that overcame poverty and family abuse.

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  3. Jan 10, 2015
    8
    Get On Up is an interesting music biopic. James Brown is one of the most popular musicians of all time. I find that the film got a lot ofGet On Up is an interesting music biopic. James Brown is one of the most popular musicians of all time. I find that the film got a lot of inspiration from Ray, the 2004 Ray Charles Biopic. The movie shifts back and forth in time regularly. Chadwick Boseman plays the best role in his young career in this movie, and he really showing some potential to be a big star in the future. His performance will likely go without an Oscar nomination despite its excellence. I don't know a whole lot about James Brown but I know that he suffered a bit of a downfall with legal troubles and drug abuse late in his career. They could've showed more of this and cut out some of the performance. It seemed like they filled the movie with unneeded clips of James Brown performing. Still a good watch despite this. Expand
  4. Aug 2, 2014
    6
    Just saw the movie Get On Up. I enjoyed the movie eventhough it drug in parts. It is not in the same league as the Jamie Fox movie aboutJust saw the movie Get On Up. I enjoyed the movie eventhough it drug in parts. It is not in the same league as the Jamie Fox movie about Ray Charles or Walk The Line about Johnny Cash. The story just wasn't as interesting but Boseman did a wonderful job of dancing and performing. Expand
  5. Jul 7, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Very sub-par biopic. It basically white-washed James Browns life and I feel it only vaguely touched the surface on him as a person. Mostly showed him performing and different periods of his career. Only a little bit with issues with the band, but it never really went into the heart and core of who the guy was. For instance he was arrested multiple times for a number of things, and the film barely shows any of that. It shows 1 or 2 incidents but in such a favorable light that it doesn't have much impact and does not reveal the truth. I like realitic biopics that really shed new light on a person and this movie did very little in that regard except showing a little bit of his upbrining, but never went into WHY he did what he did, WHY he acted that way. It made no attempt to explain or explore the real James Brown and spent 70% of the time showing a favorable version of him and performance pieces for Chadwick Boseman (who did OK but did not really capture the guys darker side much.) For a guy who brutally attacked his wife, almost shot people with a shotgun, and had ongoing personal problems with his bandmates this film glossed over 70% of that to try to make the guy look likable and felt more like a tribute to James Brown than an honest look at his life. It was decently done though and was certainly worth watching, but it was just OK overall. Expand
  6. 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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  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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