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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

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Critic Consensus: While it may be based upon 50 Cent's own life experiences, Get Rich Or Die Tryin' is too similar to many other rags-to-riches stories to resonate.

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Marcus has always known he was going to be a rapper, but when his mother is murdered, he turns to dealing and hustling drugs to pay the rent. As his world spirals out of control, he begins to apply the same manic intensity to his writing as he does to dealing; he has to write down his words to stay sane. For years, he endures this living hell until a tragedy that nearly kills him gets Marcus to change his life.
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R (for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content, sexuality and nudity)
Genre:
Drama
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$30,885,034.00
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Cast

Joy Bryant
as Charlene
50 Cent
as Marcus
Bill Duke
as Levar
Tory Kittles
as Justice
Viola Davis
as Grandma
Marc John Jefferies
as Young Marcus
Serena Reeder
as Katrina
Walter Alza
as Raoul
Mpho Koaho
as Junebug
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Critic Reviews for Get Rich or Die Tryin'

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (31)

50 Cent has some good moments, but other times he seems like little more than a blank slate.

November 10, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

This thinly autobiographical gangsta odyssey never achieves liftoff, and Jackson is unconvincing.

Full Review… | November 10, 2005
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Even more problematic is the script's clumsy, sprawling architecture, Sheridan's clubfooted sense of pacing and his grubby, indistinct visuals.

Full Review… | November 10, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 9, 2005
Salon.com
Top Critic

Director Jim Sheridan and screenwriter Terence Winter have difficulty fashioning these events into a story that has a coherent point or purpose.

Full Review… | November 9, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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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… | November 9, 2005
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Get Rich or Die Tryin'

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Marcus: I'm a gangsta grandpa and I'm proud of it. "At the end of the day, what will you hold on to?" Get Rich or Die Tryin' is a nice try I guess. 50 Cent is someone whose been in a lot of movies(granted most are direct to dvd garbage) since this, but that I still don't really view as a serious actor. It's kind of hard to here with the performance he throws out to. He's so dull and lifeless. His character is interesting, but very little comes out of his performance. The film is helped by a supporting cast that has some good names like Terrance Howard and Viola Davis. But when your leads performance is so dead, it brings the whole film down with it. This follows the life of a gangsta who lost his mother(a drug dealer) at a young age. He was forced to move in with his grandparents and live in the basement. He hid the fact that was dealing drugs and involved in the thug life for as long as he could, but soon he leaves home and starts his own life of trying to get money. He's taken under the wing of a more experienced thug and starts getting all the respect of the neighborhood. But what Marcus wants more than anything else is to be a rapper. This is a movie that is similar to, but not nearly as good as, Hustle & Flow. This one is more dramatic about how bad the life of the street is, but it's still less effective. I liked the movie for what it is I guess. It has an interesting story and is entertaining, but nonetheless it fails because of a lead that doesn't really move us. This is a decent try and all, but there's much better movies about how bad the life of a gangsta is. I enjoyed it to a degree, but it's something I'll probably never revisit. It's worth a look, I guess, as long as you find the subject material interesting. Just don't expect a whole lot.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Critics are trippin! A true come up story that is very real and very good.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Brilliant biography! 50 cent is at his best with this film. Love the soundtrack! A definite must see!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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