Get On Up Synopsis
A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
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Time

By Richard Corliss
In 2007, Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for his subtle performance as Ray Charles. Boseman exceeds that solid standard. Incarnating James Brown...
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
One funk-tastic musical biopic.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Get on Up hits all these high points. But the Butterworths fracture the order, fruitfully. They're more interested in making musical and...
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88

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Artistically, Get on Up rivals “Walk the Line,” with a lead performance on a par with the career-making turns of Angela Bassett (“What’s...
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88

The Wrap

By Alonso Duralde
Get on Up belongs, as it must, to Boseman, who delivers the kind of charisma, showmanship, sex appeal, and tireless energy that allows us...
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88

TheWrap

By Alonso Duralde
Get on Up belongs, as it must, to Boseman, who delivers the kind of charisma, showmanship, sex appeal, and tireless energy that allows us...
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80

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Get On Up isn't a perfect-picture; there are moments of awkwardness, little gambles that don't quite pay off. But it's one of those...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The musical numbers, with Brown's remixed vocals and Boseman re-creating his signature dance moves, are mesmerizing.
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70

Variety

By Scott Foundas
Boseman is an empathic presence, and nothing he does smacks of mimicry. He feels Brown from the inside out, the way Brown felt his own...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
Get On Up too often plays it safe when it needs to be dangerous.
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YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!

By schnookums1961
This is a great movie!!!!! It kept me at full attention throughout and the performances were incredible, especially Chadwick Boseman & Nelsan Ellis. Chadwick Boseman has great stage presence and all...

Get On Up

By Glotang
Excellent movie. I love the different spin....

Get On Up- STELLAR PERFORMANCES !

By valeriereneecampbell
Chadwick, a fellow BISON ! (Howard University) and my dear friends Viola, her husband Julius, Joni Bovill and Keith Robinson were all outstanding in this film. Chadwick truly morphed into James...

Great Movie

By jjones_1020
I loved the movie. Explained something's and revealed something's I didn't know about him like how he risked his life just to bring joy to the troops. He was a giver I didn't know that. Great movie!...

Oscar nominee

By keithkelsen
The acting was superb, the story woven with a golden thread....

Best movie and actor of the year!

By Nmovies
A must see!...

Great Movie

By Muhammadumar98
A must see...

Even if my daughter wasn't in the movie…....

By richkraft
It was a phenomenal movie. Chadwick Boseman was amazing as James Brown. On a number of occasions I had to remind myself that it wasn't the real James Brown playing himself. The way that Tate Taylor...

get on up

By eugeniahickman
must see...

Get On Up

By LonghornLoboWildcat
Boseman is magic! Viola Davis is superb! The film is a masterpiece of biography. Interesting, entertaining, very well acted, very well directed. A pleasure to watch!...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Sexual Content, Drug Use, Some Strong Language and Violent Situations
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Entertaining, somewhat overlong biopic has edgy material.
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