Get On Up

Get On Up

Get On Up

Chronicle of funk legend James Brown, his rise from poverty to become the Godfather of Soul and one of music's most influential artists. From the director of The Help. Chadwick Boseman (42) plays Brown, starring alongside Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd and Craig Robinson.

2014Rating: M, Mature themes, violence, sex scene, drug use and coarse language139 minsUSA
DramaMusicTrue Story & Biography

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

flicks

Get On Up is at once the most unconventional biopic I’ve ever seen, and a shaggy composite of all of them. The only real difference is James Brown - but what a difference James Brown makes.

3.0

Average

Ive seen better, Was an okay watch.

3.0

King of funk, godfather of soul ...

Charisma, dance moves, screaming from the heart, are some of the things that make this something to see and wonder. With 10% of his self belief, I would be a champion. There is truly only one James Brown. I will listen to his music again with a different perspective.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Boseman is an empathic presence, and nothing he does smacks of mimicry.

Time Out

Time Out

press

So much of Get on Up is uncannily perfect... You have to see this thing.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It whirls and does splits and jumps, with leaps around in time and changes in tempo that are jarring and abrupt and that usually feel just right.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The energy never flags, the film conveys a deep love of Brown’s music (which fills almost every scene), and Boseman remains magnetic whether onstage or in quiet moments.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

flicks

Get On Up is at once the most unconventional biopic I’ve ever seen, and a shaggy composite of all of them. The only real difference is James Brown - but what a difference James Brown makes.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Boseman is an empathic presence, and nothing he does smacks of mimicry.

Time Out

Time Out

press

So much of Get on Up is uncannily perfect... You have to see this thing.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It whirls and does splits and jumps, with leaps around in time and changes in tempo that are jarring and abrupt and that usually feel just right.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The energy never flags, the film conveys a deep love of Brown’s music (which fills almost every scene), and Boseman remains magnetic whether onstage or in quiet moments.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Average

Ive seen better, Was an okay watch.

3.0

King of funk, godfather of soul ...

Charisma, dance moves, screaming from the heart, are some of the things that make this something to see and wonder. With 10% of his self belief, I would be a champion. There is truly only one James Brown. I will listen to his music again with a different perspective.

4.0