Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. The Re-Up has plenty of that serious heat that influenced Eminem to go aboveground with the release.
  2. Hip-hop is not at its best on The Re-Up, but there are brief flashes of hope hidden amidst the gunk.
  3. It's a crew album--of course it sucks. The depressing thing is how much. [28 Dec 2006, p.114]
  4. Like a neglectful party host, [Eminem] keeps disappearing, leaving you to have your ear bent by some crashing dullard.
  5. There's plenty of unfocused bluster here, but enough taut cuts to make up for the cameos from... D12. [15 Dec 2006, p.87]
  6. Unfortunately, there are none of the ridiculous disses, insane freestyles or wacky interludes that make real mixtapes entertaining.
  7. The members of the crew surrounding Eminem still need to distinguish themselves individually, but in the tradition of G-Unit/Shady's best stuff, few songs on The Re-Up have to be skipped.
  8. Despite meticulous production, "The Re-Up" retains some of the spare, raw feel of an underground release. [16 Dec 2006]
  9. If they've kept the good stuff back in the hope of better times, the decision was misguided; but if this is the best they can manage, the portents are, in the original sense of the word, ill.
  10. On his few appearances on “The Re-Up,” Em sounds completely lost, grasping for a new subject for his roving mind, or even for a reason to keep rapping.
  11. A glorified mix-tape... sprawling with lots of throwaway songs and loaded with interludes
  12. This one won't dissapoint Eminem, Shady or G-Unit fans, but it also won't blow them away.
  13. The bloody, boastful rhymes are mostly DOA, victims of songs that value attitude over arrangement.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
  1. Dec 15, 2013
    Im going to go ahead and EXPOSE METACRITIC AS GARBAGE real quick, if anyone wants to stick around...

    Eminem goes unforgiving hard-as-nails
    Im going to go ahead and EXPOSE METACRITIC AS GARBAGE real quick, if anyone wants to stick around...

    Eminem goes unforgiving hard-as-nails in-your-face and mad-as-hell on MMLP1, and Metacritic slams him for being over the top. They claim the classic was a 78, and Yeezus, the ten song experimental embarrassment that Kanye can't get over 3.2 stars on Itunes, is an 85. Ok, fine.

    He lightens up on The Eminem Show, and Metacritic says it's too soft and they've heard it all before. 75.

    He mixes in other artists and dumbs down the "Slim Shady" persona on The Reup, and they absolutely trash it and say he's lost his voice. 50. A 50, supposedly a worse album than IANAHB 2.
    Do You Sense the Yet.....

    He brings back Slim Shady as violent yet comedic as ever on Relapse, and they say he's forcing the issue. 59.

    He changes his content for the more mature, stays witty, address' his past demons and shows immense growth as an artist on Recovery, and they say he's boring. 63.

    THEN, on MMLP2, he combines Recovery, MMLP, and the Eminem Show in an experimental, mature, hard-as-nails, yet emotional reflection on his career, and they give it a 73. Thats 7 points worse than Teflon Don, by Rick Ross.

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  2. CJKing
    Jan 23, 2007
    Awesome album
  3. samm
    Dec 26, 2006