Get On Up Reviews

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November 21, 2014
The film tapers off in its final reel, ending on a conventional note -- but not before it has done its best to capture its subject in all his manic and absurd glory.
November 21, 2014
Director Tate Taylor's electrifying, energised portrait of James Brown rapidly takes a left turn away from formula via the musician's colourful brush with rock bottom.
November 21, 2014
There's more drama in one track from Live at the Apollo than 139 long minutes of this.
November 20, 2014
The music gives you some big, sugar-rush moments, but it's a disappointing response to one of pop culture's most brilliant and complicated figures.
November 20, 2014
Boseman's performance comes bounding in with such wicked attitude, and such a showman's determination to give us a good time, it's hard to harbour regrets for long.
September 5, 2014
Chadwick Boseman gives a startling and galvanic performance.
August 6, 2014
In Boseman's hands - and his feet, and his entire body, for that matter - he demands and earns our attention.
August 1, 2014
Somewhat sanitized and over-directed biopic saved by Boseman's electric performance.
August 1, 2014
Though "Get On Up" never congeals into a satisfactory whole, its fragmentary portrait of the singer at the height of his fame - intercut with his troubled single-parent childhood - effectively shows his invasive power in popular culture.
August 1, 2014
More often, the film skates along the surface of Brown's contradictory character. Now if it skated like Brown's dance moves glided onstage, that really would have been something.
August 1, 2014
The storytelling is mostly linear, with some confusing back-and-forth in the chronology, and it's a long slog. The Brown who emerges from this film has a monstrous ego to go with his monster talent.
August 1, 2014
It just wants to play some of the big hits you love while ticking off a checklist of standard biopic milestones.
August 1, 2014
Tate Taylor's film cares less about narrative clarity and more about portraying a life lived between the extremes of sin and grace, between the abject and the sublime. It's lively, stylized, and genuinely surprising.
August 1, 2014
Thrives on a thrilling soundtrack, a doozy of a yarn and Chadwick Boseman's dynamite-powered portrayal of Brown.
August 1, 2014
Boseman is at times mesmerizing, living up to the gargantuan task of playing the American soul legend. If only the movie were as good as he is.
August 1, 2014
A well-acted entertainment that's highly respectful of the story it has to tell. It's disjointed but fun to watch.
August 1, 2014
It's one of the year's truly outstanding performances, even if the movie never quite penetrates Brown's rhino-rough hide.
July 31, 2014
Whatever failings the film may have, none can be laid at the feet of lead actor Chadwick Boseman, whose performance is phenomenal.
July 31, 2014
"Get on Up" turns Brown's life into an even bigger mess.
July 31, 2014
"Get on Up" is more frustrating than fulfilling, a disjointed film that suffers from having a more ambitious plan than it's got the ability to execute.
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