Get On Up Reviews

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November 19, 2019
[T]his show ultimately belongs to [Chadwick] Boseman. He captures the groove, soul and even [James] Brown's incompressible speech and his performance is electric.
August 30, 2019
If it weren't for the magnetic, utterly watchable central performance from a prolific Chadwick Boseman, Get On Up would be a miserly, unapologetically sterilized biopic.
May 31, 2019
Whilst issues with exposition and pacing threaten to deflate Get on Up, captivating performances and electrifying music set-pieces manage to pump up the funk.
March 12, 2019
Whenever producers weakly say they couldn't find good Black actresses for roles that usually end up going to white women, I can't help thinking of all the talented Black women going to waste in films like this one.
January 11, 2019
[Get On Up] is also consistently entertaining and intermittently moving, but by the end, we realize that it hasn't been all that illuminating.
August 31, 2018
[Chadwick Boseman] gets the mannerisms right, and builds a volatile character who's opportunistic, frightening and vulnerable, like a funky Klaus Kinski.
August 22, 2018
An arresting encapsulation of Brown's dichotomy of being at once a soulful singer and at the same time a man incapable of showing affection.
October 30, 2017
Get On Up struggles, at times, to surprise us.
September 12, 2017
[Chadwick] Boseman captures the volatility, on and offstage, of the entity we recognize as James Brown, the flamboyance, the fierce ambition, and the uncompromising determination to be treated with respect.
September 7, 2017
Get On Up is's about funk and a funk legend after all.
August 22, 2017
[Chadwick] Boseman is a delight.
March 21, 2017
Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told.
August 17, 2016
The narrative is unsatisfying as it leaves lots of unanswered questions.
May 29, 2016
As prodigious a talent as Prince was, he only altered the funk. The megalithic, trail-blazing talent of James Brown birthed it. And Chadwick Boseman nails the telling of it.
April 18, 2016
Musically explosive, emotionally powerful and flat-out funky, Get on Up tells the outrageous life story of James Brown with a quirky brilliance worthy of the man at its center.
April 12, 2016
Worthy of its subject and the dollars of music and film fans alike. As roundly entertaining as any biopic in recent memory.
March 26, 2016
Boseman is the highlight, of course, and Taylor is smart to keep his leading man front-and-center in every, single scene.
February 28, 2015
The screenplay from Jez and John-Henry Butterworth inserts some actual discussion of his songwriting and groove technique, giving the man credit for virtually inventing the funk.
February 20, 2015
The film's relative lack of any actual drama in the narrative is ultimately the result of a biographical approach too dedicated to flattery.
January 11, 2015
Chadwick Boseman is electrifying as Godfather of Soul James Brown in this daringly offbeat biopic, which matches its subject's brass-necked, go-for-broke audacity with its own bold cinematic risk-taking.
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