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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"A nostalgic indulgence which, like the cinematic equivalent of a fluffy fanzine, eschews serious criticism of a revered icon in favor of a pleasant parade of his most memorable classics."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"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
""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
"Papa's got a secondhand bag? ... As self-consciously arty and formulaic as it sometimes is, the film stays with you thanks to Chadwick Boseman's shrewd, powerhouse performance ..."
‑ Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope
"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
"Thrives on a thrilling soundtrack, a doozy of a yarn and Chadwick Boseman's dynamite-powered portrayal of Brown."
‑ Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
"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
"This is the way that a biopic of a music legend should be brought to screen...full of music with Chadwick Boseman giving an award-quality performance lip-syncing to the iconic voice of James Brown."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"If Jamie Foxx can win the Best Actor Award for the musical biopic "Ray" (2004), I see no reason why Boseman can't duplicate that honor for this film."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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