• R, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Spike Lee
    In Theaters:
    Oct 16, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 30, 2001
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Get on the Bus Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 18, 2008

TV Guide's Movie 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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

September 24, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes...

Full Review Source: Variety

September 24, 2008


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

Full Review Source: Film4

September 24, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Michael Dequina

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 11, 2005
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Get on the Bus may well be the best film Spike Lee's made since Do the Right Thing.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

April 9, 2005
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

Enough lively banter and music, good humor and serious issues are aboard...to make the 3,000-mile journey worth joining.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

One of Lee's best -- save for the didactic opening credits, he's rarely been less preachy and more insightful

| Original Score: 5/5

May 7, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

A wonderful film that, for all its nobility of purpose, soars on the strength of fascinating human stories.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

October 15, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Vividly conveys the yearning of some African-American men for solidarity.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 28, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Joseph McBride
Boxoffice Magazine

Not only is this film a must-see for African Americans, it will enlighten and inspire any white moviegoers who open their minds enough to take the journey along with them.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 5, 2002
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts

Now this is a road picture!

Full Review Source: Film Scouts

April 17, 2002
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix

Although a contrived plot and heavy-handed symbolism hobble the story, the film delivers several revealingly funny moments, and it transcends its claustrophobic setting with a fusion of cinéma-vérité, hazy filters, and march footage.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

March 24, 2002
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Preachy and loud, yet surprisingly entertaining.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 67/100

May 12, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It's successful at holding our interest -- at making us care, and believe.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It takes far too many dead-end detours, is devoid of real characters and can be justly accused of being both sexist and anti-Semitic.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Most of the show is a talkfest heading no place in particular. Only the bus has a direction.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
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