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In Theaters August 1 (1 days)
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: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"These kinds of Hollywood pop stardom portraits usually flop or fly based on their casts and the ebullience of their musical scenes. "Get on Up" wins on both fronts."
‑ Jen Chaney, Washington Post
"Thrillingly captures the frenzy of Brown's music, and the forces driving that frenzy, both musical and personal."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Like most biopics, "Get On Up" is flawed, but once Boseman takes the stage, his re-creation ... makes you forget the little that is wrong with the film and just concentrate on enjoying the spectacle."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"This "brand new bag" of a biopic is coursing with energy thanks to an electric, rousing performance by Boseman that simply must be seen."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"The movie we imagine it should be, crackling across the screen with a beat you can damn near dance to."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"Everything about "Get on Up," a provocatively structured and unusually rich musical biopic, is a little better, a little less formula-bound, a little sharper than the average specimen in this genre."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"One funk-tastic musical biopic."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"There's an emotional logic to this structure, though, which envisions the late Brown's life as a series of moments of unmitigated ego and irresolvable pain."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"There's more than enough here to recommend it, especially when you factor in Boseman's skillful portrayal and a phenomenal soundtrack that reminds you just how much of a musical genius Brown truly was."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"A profoundly flawed feature, but it retains an irresistible subject, with Brown's insanity and adversity making an energetic leap to the big screen."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"It's hard not to feel good while watching Chadwick Boseman exuberantly disappear into the role of the Godfather of Soul."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Boseman nails Brown's idiosyncratic style of speaking, and, although no one is Brown, he has some pretty swell dance moves."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The hardest-working musical biopic in show business."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The story line is too slight... but thanks to a showstopping performance by Chadwick Boseman, Get on Up is quite entertaining."
‑ David Medsker,
"Yet the energy never flags, the film conveys a deep love of Brown's music (which fills almost every scene), and Boseman remains magnetic whether onstage or in quiet moments..."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
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