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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jul 30, 2014
    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
    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. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 31, 2014
    All the more remarkably, then, this flawed but startling biopic stars another performer, Chadwick Boseman, who fills Brown's shoes with a dynamism that transcends imitation.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 31, 2014
    Taylor's movie is overly episodic, but a number of those episodes are marvelous.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 1, 2014
    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: Mike Scott
    Aug 1, 2014
    Few of the film's secondary characters feel fully developed, with the possible exception of Nelsan Ellis' portrayal of Brown sidekick Bobby Byrd.
  7. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jul 30, 2014
    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: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Aug 2, 2014
    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 you only see one movie this summer see Get On Up !!! Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2014
    i just got done watching into the storm an it was off the hook !. for odd reason i walked up to the door an saw get on up in the middle of the movie i knew it was the film that people needed to see to learn why music has its legend James Brown an how that brown inspired popular singers like Ice Cube , Usher an Justin Timberlake. I did not see the beginning of the movie i only saw the half of the movie. but i understand that i did not need understand james brown as a boy i only needed to know why music has its legend James Brown Basically 42 Chadwick Boseman performance of the legend is probably the new elvis. Awesome Producing from Mick Jagger, Brian Grazer, Tate Taylor. how could i not forget the director of help Mr. Talyor who directed this amazing Musical Picture. Taylor has some dramactic segregation stories like the help which was an amazing movie. But Taylor decides to get back in the game with drama , Viola Davis again. Grade A+ Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2014
    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 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
  4. Aug 3, 2014
    An 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
    Sometime 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.
  6. Aug 9, 2014
    Boseman's portrayal of James Brown is fascinating, and this film does a great job of showing his determination and sheer genius. But that's where my compliments stop. The script jumps around all over the place, and skims over important details like the death of his son and his descent into drugs and ruin. It spends much more time explaining his pathology by way of flashbacks to his childhood. A good editor and better director (is Mick Jagger broke?!) could have brought in a great movie in under 2:18. Expand
  7. Aug 10, 2014
    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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