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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    When Boseman shows us Brown doing his thing onstage, the movie comes alive. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is all good movie material, so far as it goes ... but Get on Up can't go any further. Sometimes damaged people stay damaged, and sometimes popular artists make their contribution and then stay in one place forever. It's a big letdown for everybody, but in a biopic, it's poison. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The musical numbers, with Brown's remixed vocals and Boseman re-creating his signature dance moves, are mesmerizing. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    All the more remarkably, then, this flawed but startling biopic stars another performer, Chadwick Boseman, who fills Brown's shoes with a dynamism that transcends imitation. show more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    As superb as Boseman is - moving with athletic grace, doing splits with hair curled in a sky-high pompadour, approximating Brown's rapid-fire, guttural speaking voice without descending to Eddie Murphy SNL parody - he's never quite good enough to convince you you're watching the Hardest Working Man in Show Business up on screen. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Like Brown, the movie is dynamic and entertaining as hell. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    In Chadwick Boseman, it has a galvanic core, a performance that transcends impersonation and reverberates long after the screen goes dark. show more

  • 56
    Kate Erbland Film.com

    Taylor’s film so egregiously picks and chooses from Brown’s life that the result is a holey and unsatisfying document that fails to give due respect to much of the singer’s life (especially the more unsavory stuff). show more

  • 88
    Alonso Duralde TheWrap

    Get on Up belongs, as it must, to Boseman, who delivers the kind of charisma, showmanship, sex appeal, and tireless energy that allows us to believe him as the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Get on Up hits all these high points. But the Butterworths fracture the order, fruitfully. They're more interested in making musical and dramatic connections across time and space — something in the '70s triggering a childhood memory, for example — than in laying them out predictably. show more

  • August 30, 2014 ann safriet
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    This movie was Awesome! Chadwick nailed it with his look...singing...and dancing...it was like watching James Brown himself! I'm so glad we saw it...gave me a true understanding of the hardship Brown went through and surpassed with his talent. A wonderful portrayal and I hope he wins an Academy Award! He deserves it!

  • August 30, 2014 The Champ Family
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    Excellent movie and is looking forward to the DVD to come out. Chadwick Boseman is an excellent actor. He is the next Will Smith and Denzel Washington. The Jackie Robinson movie scored 100% and so did this movie. Congratulations Chadwick. Looking forward to move great performances.

  • August 25, 2014 pjsatinzoe3
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    Academy Award performance by Chadwick Boseman. He was mesmerizing as James Brown. What energy!!!!! Great film, great acting.

  • August 22, 2014 leahfairchild723
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    This was a great movie, and I found that the main actor represented Brown very well. Five stars form me!

  • August 20, 2014 blackfll
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    Great Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • August 20, 2014 blackfll
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    Great Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • August 20, 2014 blackfll
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    Great Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • August 07, 2014 Michael
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    Fantastic! Boseman is THAAA MAAAN! Never mind the story going back and forth. Just watch him. Speaking as someone who saw James Brown in his prime, Boseman nails it from the first 3 words out of his mouth to the bitter end. WOW! (Only thing I missed, being an old-timer, would be Boseman's rendering of James Brown's Mother Popcorn). But no complaints. I was smiling and jumping in my seat. Go!

  • August 07, 2014 Michael
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    Fantastic! Boseman is THAAA MAAAN! Never mind the story going back and forth. Just watch him. Speaking as someone who saw James Brown in his prime, Boseman nails it from the first 3 words out of his mouth to the bitter end. WOW!

  • August 05, 2014 lgjhere1
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    Was disappointed, a shame, because it had so much potential to be a captavating story, but came off as a hastily put together exercise with random scenes that bounced around in search of an unfolding of Brown. Boseman was hard to understand with his forced accent and muffled sound...we understood maybe 20%. People around us were wispering "What'd he say?" Confusing at time, particularly who the women in his life were, with the exception of his mother. Way overdone with the negative aspect of Brown...we got it!; would have liked to see another focus on the guy.

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