Get Rich or Die Tryin' Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/4
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AV Club
December 6, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
December 6, 2005
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 10, 2005
50 Cent has some good moments, but other times he seems like little more than a blank slate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 10, 2005
This thinly autobiographical gangsta odyssey never achieves liftoff, and Jackson is unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
November 10, 2005
Even more problematic is the script's clumsy, sprawling architecture, Sheridan's clubfooted sense of pacing and his grubby, indistinct visuals.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 9, 2005
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2005
Director Jim Sheridan and screenwriter Terence Winter have difficulty fashioning these events into a story that has a coherent point or purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
November 9, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2005
The film's inability to resist the lure of maximum exploitation becomes frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 9, 2005
The apparent turf war between director and screenwriter results in a compromised, confusing tale of a young man trying to mark his turf.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 9, 2005
Don't for a second think that we're meeting the next great rap star to become a movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 9, 2005
The film moves, albeit under an oppressive cloud of deja vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 9, 2005
The improbable Jackson-Sheridan collaboration yields an immensely entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 9, 2005
The charismatic rapper is so utterly inexpressive as an actor that he's constantly getting swallowed up in his own movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 9, 2005
Jim Sheridan's film, loosely based on the experiences of its star, the glowering rapper 50 Cent, lacks an emotional core.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
November 9, 2005
Be warned, when a fedora-sporting Godfather starts wheezing out pearls about violence begetting violence, you may die tryin' to stop laughin'.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 9, 2005
Shockingly inert.
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
November 9, 2005
For those who don't take 50 Cent's talent for granted going in, there's nothing to indicate what's so special about him, much less why he of all people deserves to have a movie made about his experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 9, 2005
Sometimes [50 Cent] could enunciate more clearly, but he does a great job of being a bad rapper early in Marcus' career. And most musicians will say that performing badly on purpose is one of the most difficult things for them to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 9, 2005
A gangsta rapper without fire in the belly isn't terribly interesting, cinematically or musically.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 9, 2005
Mr. Sheridan understands the sudden, spasmodic nature of turf battles. Get Rich plays like a genre movie with a particularly skilled hand at the helm.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 9, 2005
Get Rich or Die Tryin' can't be accused of not trying, but neither is anybody apt to leave it feeling all that enriched.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 9, 2005
Crippled by a trite story line and a serious lack of flash from rapper and first-time actor Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Get Rich or Die Tryin' pretty much dies trying.
| Original Score: D
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 9, 2005
Neither powerful nor interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 9, 2005
The picture can't decide what it wants to be -- maybe a gangster flick, perhaps a musical biopic, or how about a real-life slice of mythic inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 9, 2005
A film with a rich and convincing texture, a drama with power and anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 9, 2005
Sheridan's ensemble ensures that Get Rich, the film, comes to life around the edges, if not at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 9, 2005
Before we enter the theater, we know he's a millionaire winner starring in a movie about how he won. So it's hard to believe him when he isn't smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 9, 2005
What we're left with is a movie that, at times, barely seems to move (it feels like it lasts three hours) and a lead actor who doesn't just look bored, but delivers so many of his lines like he'd rather be anywhere else.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 8, 2005
For all its biographical truth, Get Rich's journey into a ghetto of hustlers, gangstas and mindless violence is all too familiar.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 7, 2005
This is a very strong film.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 7, 2005
Plays like a contrived cross between New Jack City and Hustle & Flow.