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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)



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.more
Rating: R (for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content, sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Terence Winter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 2006
Box Office: $30.9M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (35)

Sheridan's surface vividness is applied around a vacuum

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

People behind the movie will no doubt get rich, but it's a shame they didn't try harder to make a better picture.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

50 Cent dies for our sins in disappointing screen debut.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007

...a distinctly tedious piece of work.

Full Review… | July 15, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

Marcus sells dope. Marcus buys a gun. Marcus buys a microphone. Marcus goes to prison. Marcus gets shot. Marcus makes a movie about his life that no one goes to see.

Full Review… | June 15, 2006
Film Freak Central

Embora limitado como ator, 50 Cent tem carisma para segurar o filme, que acaba falhando não em função do rapper, mas de seu roteiro convencional que soa como pálida imitação de 8 Mile.

May 18, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Get Rich or Die Tryin'


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

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

Super Reviewer

Get Rich or Die Tryin' Quotes

Marcus: Your like a god to me.
Levar: No son, I am god.
– Submitted by Paul H (4 years ago)

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