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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 5, 2015
Hard to imagine anyone else in the role of singer James Brown than actor Chadwick Boseman. He nails it.
January 4, 2015
The production numbers steal the show.
January 3, 2015
So convincing is Chadwick Boseman's performance that one would think the spirit of James Brown itself jumped into Boseman's skin, such are the supernatural heights he achieves.
November 30, 2014
A high energy and entertaining film, one that avoids standard biopic clichs.
November 28, 2014
Chadwick Boseman is charismatic as Brown - a violent, manipulative perfectionist who is emotionally disconnected from those around him.
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