Get On Up Reviews

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February 1, 2021
One big chunk of funk with a gold standard performance from Boseman and music that will make you want to... er... get on up.
September 13, 2020
Chadwick Boseman does a great job of playing James Brown who had so much personality and was such a loud character
September 11, 2020
Boseman's charismatic and eerily accurate performance as American R&B legend James Brown is truly something to behold.
August 31, 2020
There is a lot covered in the film, though Taylor nicely avoids the usual chronological storytelling.
August 29, 2020
The way the script jumps around in time is a little sloppy, but Boseman is so dynamite it doesn't matter. A powerhouse performance is worth watching, no matter how it's framed.
August 15, 2020
A biopic that dares to put a few extra wrinkles and curves into its narrative.
August 13, 2020
In Get On Up, a great deal depends on the lead actor Boseman, who ably captures something important about Brown's outer and inner being.
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.
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