Get on the Bus
Get on the Bus (1996)

Released one year to the day after the 1995 Million Man March, in which a million African-American men marched peacefully in Washington, D.C. in a bid for greater unity and understanding, Spike Lee's Get On the Bus follows a group of… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 30, 2001
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88%
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72%


Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's a simple, appealing premise and filmmaker Spike Lee uses it to full comic advantage.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

While the film assembles a full array of black male stereotypes and conines them to what is essentially a talky one-set play, Mr. Lee stylistically jump-starts this small, earnest film in every way he can.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

It all has an artless, ephemeral feel, and 20 years from now people will marvel at the fashions, the landscapes and the attitudes it captures like fragile bugs in amber.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes...

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's two hours of men sitting on a bus talking, but the talk is alive. Lee keeps the scenes short, so that nothing ever resolves completely.

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Film4

Bythewood's script offers sharp insights into the male psyche, and the fine actors play off one another with real assurance.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Though Lee's deft expertise keeps things pacy and (mostly) plausible, the material can't avoid a certain predictability and, in the end, a preachy sentimentality.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's successful at holding our interest -- at making us care, and believe.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

A stirring, heartfelt entertainment from the first frame to the last.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A cross-section of African-American men travel cross-country by bus to the Million Man March. There are films that rise above their politics, films that promote… More
Barry Lappin
I thought this would be the ususal...oh how we are hard done by' sort of movie but I did laugh out load several times...
EightThirty .
A very interesting Drama story ^_^
John Ballantine
Preachy Spike Lee rather than stylish Spike Lee spoils an otherwise decent film.