Get On Up
Get On Up (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 6, 2015
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With an unforgettable Chadwick Boseman in the starring role, Get On Up offers the Godfather of Soul a fittingly dynamic homage.

David Denby
New Yorker

Chadwick Boseman gives a startling and galvanic performance.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Eric Melin

The screenplay from Jez and John-Henry Butterworth inserts some actual discussion of his songwriting and groove technique, giving the man credit for virtually inventing the funk.

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Christy Lemire

In Boseman's hands - and his feet, and his entire body, for that matter - he demands and earns our attention.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Dan Jardine

The film's relative lack of any actual drama in the narrative is ultimately the result of a biographical approach too dedicated to flattery.

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Richard Roeper

Somewhat sanitized and over-directed biopic saved by Boseman's electric performance.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Chadwick Boseman is electrifying as Godfather of Soul James Brown in this daringly offbeat biopic, which matches its subject's brass-necked, go-for-broke audacity with its own bold cinematic risk-taking.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Boseman is closer to a caricature of James Brown than of the real man in this infuriatingly disjointed mess full of jumps in time that follow no cohesion or… More
Aaron Neuwirth
James Brown: If it sounds good and it feels good, then it's musical. There is a level of familiarity to musician biopics at this point that tends to keep… More
Mark Hobin
Chadwick Boseman is impressive as James Brown. He fully embodies the man in vocal inflections, attitude and behavior. Boseman gets James' signature raspy… More
Joshua Sheetz
Markus Robinson
Chadwick Boseman is turning into the king of tame African America biopics. Not to say that his performance wasn't astonishing; capturing everything from… More
Bradley J
Chadwick Boseman will receive an Oscar nomination, no doubt in my mind. He gave the best performance I've seen all year. Get On Up is pretty great too.… More