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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 118
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 99

While it may be based upon 50 Cent's own life experiences, Get Rich Or Die Tryin' is too similar to many other rags-to-riches stories to resonate.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 25

While it may be based upon 50 Cent's own life experiences, Get Rich Or Die Tryin' is too similar to many other rags-to-riches stories to resonate.



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Marcus has always known he was going to be a rapper, but when his mother is murdered, he turns to dealing and hustling drugs to pay the rent. As his world spirals out of control, he begins to apply the same manic intensity to his writing as he does to dealing; he has to write down his words to stay sane. For years, he endures this living hell until a tragedy that nearly kills him gets Marcus to change his life.



Mar 28, 2006


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50 Cent has some good moments, but other times he seems like little more than a blank slate.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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This thinly autobiographical gangsta odyssey never achieves liftoff, and Jackson is unconvincing.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Even more problematic is the script's clumsy, sprawling architecture, Sheridan's clubfooted sense of pacing and his grubby, indistinct visuals.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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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.

November 9, 2005 Full Review Source:
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Director Jim Sheridan and screenwriter Terence Winter have difficulty fashioning these events into a story that has a coherent point or purpose.

November 9, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Sheridan's surface vividness is applied around a vacuum

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

People behind the movie will no doubt get rich, but it's a shame they didn't try harder to make a better picture.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

50 Cent dies for our sins in disappointing screen debut.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

...a distinctly tedious piece of work.

July 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (4)
Film Freak Central

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.

May 18, 2006
Cinema em Cena

A better film than "8 Mile". An impressive debut for the coin-coined music superstar.

February 10, 2006 | Comments (2)

Its real danger is that it sets a precedent for the director; if the price is right he's on board.

January 22, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

You feel this film straining to be another 8 Mile, even as it never gets into the head of its central character

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

If it's a rap-related rags-to-riches flick you want, check out 8 Mile or Hustle & Flow, both of which are ten times better than this.

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

I don't feel totally satisfied with the emotional payoff, perhaps because it's so hard to associate with the characters, despite the fine performances. Fans, of course will love it.

January 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Turns out Eminem is a better faux-gangsta than 50 Cent. Now run along and bust yo dope rhymes at a Bat Mitvah before heading back to your 18-bedroom mansion in Farmington, CT. You're so street, Curtis.

December 9, 2005 | Comment (1)
Planet Sick-Boy

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is utterly lacking in charisma ... His complete lack of presence is deadening to the film because he's in almost every scene.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Here's a guy that's sold crack, cocaine, robbed, stolen, and murdered and made millions rapping about it. And this is supposed to be the hero? Wait to rent it.

November 23, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

50 Cent digs deep. He just doesn't get there enough to demand that we fully commit to this tale of a tight-lipped drug-dealer-turned-rapper.

November 19, 2005

A preposterous rags-to-riches story with a flat lead character that it's determined to raise to the level of a deity.

November 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a quasi-authentic, simplistic, crime-and-rap story that become just romanticized, graphic gangsta violence.

November 14, 2005 Full Review Source:

...Too few answers as to how 50 Cent became who he is.

November 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) | Comment (1)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

No matter how accurate its rap-gangland narrative, there's little here that couldn't have been imagined by a screenwriter from suburban Des Moines...

November 14, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The 50 Cent Fan Club will fill the seats hoping to get a glimpse into their hero, but Get Rich never offers any insights into what drives the man and his music.

November 13, 2005 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Marcus: I'm a gangsta grandpa and I'm proud of it.

"At the end of the day, what will you hold on to?"

Get Rich or Die Tryin' is a nice try I guess. 50 Cent is someone whose been in a lot of movies(granted most are direct to dvd garbage) since this, but that I still don't really view as a serious actor. It's kind of hard to here with the performance he throws out to. He's so dull and lifeless. His character is interesting, but very little comes out of his performance. The film is helped by a supporting cast that has some good names like Terrance Howard and Viola Davis. But when your leads performance is so dead, it brings the whole film down with it.

This follows the life of a gangsta who lost his mother(a drug dealer) at a young age. He was forced to move in with his grandparents and live in the basement. He hid the fact that was dealing drugs and involved in the thug life for as long as he could, but soon he leaves home and starts his own life of trying to get money. He's taken under the wing of a more experienced thug and starts getting all the respect of the neighborhood. But what Marcus wants more than anything else is to be a rapper.

This is a movie that is similar to, but not nearly as good as, Hustle & Flow. This one is more dramatic about how bad the life of the street is, but it's still less effective. I liked the movie for what it is I guess. It has an interesting story and is entertaining, but nonetheless it fails because of a lead that doesn't really move us.

This is a decent try and all, but there's much better movies about how bad the life of a gangsta is. I enjoyed it to a degree, but it's something I'll probably never revisit. It's worth a look, I guess, as long as you find the subject material interesting. Just don't expect a whole lot.
September 14, 2013
Melvin White

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Critics are trippin! A true come up story that is very real and very good.
September 30, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Brilliant biography! 50 cent is at his best with this film. Love the soundtrack! A definite must see!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Where was G Unit in this film?
March 1, 2008
Lenny Muggsy

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    1. Marcus: Your like a god to me.
    2. Levar: No son, I am god.
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