• R, 1 hr. 56 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jim Sheridan
    In Theaters:
    Nov 9, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 28, 2006
  • Paramount Pictures

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 2/4

December 6, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 6, 2005

Houston Chronicle
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December 6, 2005
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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50 Cent has some good moments, but other times he seems like little more than a blank slate.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

November 10, 2005
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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This thinly autobiographical gangsta odyssey never achieves liftoff, and Jackson is unconvincing.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

November 10, 2005
John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
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Even more problematic is the script's clumsy, sprawling architecture, Sheridan's clubfooted sense of pacing and his grubby, indistinct visuals.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 10, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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 Source: Salon.com

November 9, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Director Jim Sheridan and screenwriter Terence Winter have difficulty fashioning these events into a story that has a coherent point or purpose.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2005
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The film's inability to resist the lure of maximum exploitation becomes frustrating.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 9, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The apparent turf war between director and screenwriter results in a compromised, confusing tale of a young man trying to mark his turf.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Don't for a second think that we're meeting the next great rap star to become a movie star.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

November 9, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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The film moves, albeit under an oppressive cloud of deja vu.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The improbable Jackson-Sheridan collaboration yields an immensely entertaining film.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The charismatic rapper is so utterly inexpressive as an actor that he's constantly getting swallowed up in his own movie.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Jim Sheridan's film, loosely based on the experiences of its star, the glowering rapper 50 Cent, lacks an emotional core.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

November 9, 2005
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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Be warned, when a fedora-sporting Godfather starts wheezing out pearls about violence begetting violence, you may die tryin' to stop laughin'.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 9, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Shockingly inert.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 9, 2005
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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For those who don't take 50 Cent's talent for granted going in, there's nothing to indicate what's so special about him, much less why he of all people deserves to have a movie made about his experiences.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Sometimes [50 Cent] could enunciate more clearly, but he does a great job of being a bad rapper early in Marcus' career. And most musicians will say that performing badly on purpose is one of the most difficult things for them to do.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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A gangsta rapper without fire in the belly isn't terribly interesting, cinematically or musically.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 9, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Mr. Sheridan understands the sudden, spasmodic nature of turf battles. Get Rich plays like a genre movie with a particularly skilled hand at the helm.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

November 9, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Get Rich or Die Tryin' can't be accused of not trying, but neither is anybody apt to leave it feeling all that enriched.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Crippled by a trite story line and a serious lack of flash from rapper and first-time actor Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Get Rich or Die Tryin' pretty much dies trying.

| Original Score: D

November 9, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Neither powerful nor interesting.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

November 9, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The picture can't decide what it wants to be -- maybe a gangster flick, perhaps a musical biopic, or how about a real-life slice of mythic inspiration.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film with a rich and convincing texture, a drama with power and anger.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Sheridan's ensemble ensures that Get Rich, the film, comes to life around the edges, if not at its center.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Before we enter the theater, we know he's a millionaire winner starring in a movie about how he won. So it's hard to believe him when he isn't smiling.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2005
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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What we're left with is a movie that, at times, barely seems to move (it feels like it lasts three hours) and a lead actor who doesn't just look bored, but delivers so many of his lines like he'd rather be anywhere else.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

November 9, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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For all its biographical truth, Get Rich's journey into a ghetto of hustlers, gangstas and mindless violence is all too familiar.

November 8, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is a very strong film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 7, 2005
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Plays like a contrived cross between New Jack City and Hustle & Flow.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 7, 2005
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