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In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award (R)-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42's Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Chadwick Boseman gives a startling and galvanic performance."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"More often, the film skates along the surface of Brown's contradictory character. Now if it skated like Brown's dance moves glided onstage, that really would have been something."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"This is not an impression. This IS James Brown."
‑ Michael A. Smith, MediaMikes
"Despite problems, "Get on Up" is a crowd pleaser of a film, whose powerful musical moments can overshadow any smaller issues within the film."
‑ Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"no ordinary bio-pic. It is as kinetic and as kaleidoscopic as the radical new approach to music Brown introduced."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"In Boseman's hands - and his feet, and his entire body, for that matter - he demands and earns our attention."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"The storytelling is mostly linear, with some confusing back-and-forth in the chronology, and it's a long slog. The Brown who emerges from this film has a monstrous ego to go with his monster talent."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A largely successful attempt to present the life story of the impenetrable and eccentric genius of funk in a way that respects Brown's memory and experiments with the biopic formula while also entertaining a mainstream audience."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"All the things that make us simultaneously dejected and exhilarated about life in America."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Get On Up comes off like a checklist guide of how not to make a quality biopic."
‑ Adrian Lee, Maclean's Magazine
"Somewhat sanitized and over-directed biopic saved by Boseman's electric performance."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"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."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Boseman gives a performance both subtle and powerful, featuring a bewildering combination of supreme self-confidence, volcanic anger and emotional vulnerability. The supporting cast is also excellent."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
""Get On Up" is a revelation --- and a breathtaking step back into the world of James Brown's soul."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"Swingin' but scrambled biopic that never quite finds its rhythm."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
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