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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 black men who take a charter bus from Los Angeles to the rally in the nation's capital and watches as they interact and air their personal issues and concerns. George (Charles S. Dutton) is the organizer of the trip and de facto leader of the group. Evan Thomas (Thomas Jefferson Byrd) is a truck driver who travels to the march with his son (De'Aundre… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a simple, appealing premise and filmmaker Spike Lee uses it to full comic advantage."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Get on the Bus may well be the best film Spike Lee's made since Do the Right Thing."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A wonderful film that, for all its nobility of purpose, soars on the strength of fascinating human stories."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes..."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Bythewood's script offers sharp insights into the male psyche, and the fine actors play off one another with real assurance."
‑ , Film4
"Enough lively banter and music, good humor and serious issues are make the 3,000-mile journey worth joining."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"Vividly conveys the yearning of some African-American men for solidarity."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's successful at holding our interest -- at making us care, and believe."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A stirring, heartfelt entertainment from the first frame to the last."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"One of Lee's best -- save for the didactic opening credits, he's rarely been less preachy and more insightful"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Not only is this film a must-see for African Americans, it will enlighten and inspire any white moviegoers who open their minds enough to take the journey along with them."
‑ Joseph McBride, Boxoffice Magazine
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