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Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Hip-hop star 50 Cent makes his movie debut in this hard-edged urban drama inspired by the rapper's own life. Marcus (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, aka 50 Cent) grew up in a tough New York neighborhood and was left to fend for himself after the death of his mother when he was a kid. Marcus fell in with a powerful crime boss (Bill Duke) who gave him an opportunity to make a good living -- by selling drugs. While Marcus has misgivings about his life of crime and has an interest in expressing himself as a rap artist, his success as a dealer makes it hard for him to get away from the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"50 Cent has some good moments, but other times he seems like little more than a blank slate."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"This isn't Sheridan's most complex or richest picture, but there's lots of life to it: This is an unapologetically glossy pop product, powered by a strong, old-fashioned sense of B-movie melodrama."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Sheridan's surface vividness is applied around a vacuum"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...a distinctly tedious piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A better film than "8 Mile". An impressive debut for the coin-coined music superstar."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"This thinly autobiographical gangsta odyssey never achieves liftoff, and Jackson is unconvincing."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Director Jim Sheridan and screenwriter Terence Winter have difficulty fashioning these events into a story that has a coherent point or purpose."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"People behind the movie will no doubt get rich, but it's a shame they didn't try harder to make a better picture."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Marcus sells dope. Marcus buys a gun. Marcus buys a microphone. Marcus goes to prison. Marcus gets shot. Marcus makes a movie about his life that no one goes to see."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Its real danger is that it sets a precedent for the director; if the price is right he's on board."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
"Even more problematic is the script's clumsy, sprawling architecture, Sheridan's clubfooted sense of pacing and his grubby, indistinct visuals."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"The story and action are serviceable, but there's very little spark in the wooden screen presence of the star and the dearth of subtext or style from the director."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"50 Cent dies for our sins in disappointing screen debut."
‑ Kam Williams,
"Embora limitado como ator, 50 Cent tem carisma para segurar o filme, que acaba falhando não em função do rapper, mas de seu roteiro convencional que soa como pálida imitação de 8 Mile."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"You feel this film straining to be another 8 Mile, even as it never gets into the head of its central character"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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