Get on the Bus
Get on the Bus (1996)

Eighteen African American men board a bus in South Central Los Angeles bound for the Million Man March in Washington D.C. Though representing a wide variety of backgrounds and viewpoints, these men gradually form a strong fraternal bond… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 16, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
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Critic Score
88%
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User Score
71%


Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's a simple, appealing premise and filmmaker Spike Lee uses it to full comic advantage.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

While the film assembles a full array of black male stereotypes and conines them to what is essentially a talky one-set play, Mr. Lee stylistically jump-starts this small, earnest film in every way he can.

TV Guide

It all has an artless, ephemeral feel, and 20 years from now people will marvel at the fashions, the landscapes and the attitudes it captures like fragile bugs in amber.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes...

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's two hours of men sitting on a bus talking, but the talk is alive. Lee keeps the scenes short, so that nothing ever resolves completely.

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Film4

Bythewood's script offers sharp insights into the male psyche, and the fine actors play off one another with real assurance.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Though Lee's deft expertise keeps things pacy and (mostly) plausible, the material can't avoid a certain predictability and, in the end, a preachy sentimentality.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's successful at holding our interest -- at making us care, and believe.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

A stirring, heartfelt entertainment from the first frame to the last.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A cross-section of African-American men travel cross-country by bus to the Million Man March. There are films that rise above their politics, films that promote… More
Marcus Woolcott
Here Spike Lee tackles black history as always, but this time presents more rounded arguments and opinions.
EightThirty .
A very interesting Drama story ^_^
Barry Lappin
I thought this would be the ususal...oh how we are hard done by' sort of movie but I did laugh out load several times...
John Ballantine
Preachy Spike Lee rather than stylish Spike Lee spoils an otherwise decent film.