Reviews: Get On Up (2014)

get_on_upReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 12/18/14] | José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tate Taylor recuerda al icono en un telefilm que hace aguas por todas partes desde un plano técnico errático y poco atractivo, salvado únicamente por la entrega de Chadwick Boseman. Una pena.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: certainly gives Brown his due, but the filmmakers’ approach leaves nagging questions while starting to wear out its welcome at 138 minutes. Still, the film has enough funkitude to work more often than not.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: The end result is inconsistent and messy, but it’s also hugely enjoyable. All in all, that sounds like a fairly fitting tribute to its subject.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s an emotional logic to this structure, though, which envisions the late Brown’s life as a series of moments of unmitigated ego and irresolvable pain.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Swingin’ but scrambled biopic that never quite finds its rhythm.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Chadwick Boseman is impressive as James Brown. He fully embodies the man in vocal inflections, attitude and behavior.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: When thousands of teenage girls scream their hearts out at a Bruno Mars concert, I wonder if they realize they are actually screaming for James Brown.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Glenn Lovell @
    • Excerpt: As formulaic and arty as the storytelling sometimes is, the film stays with you thanks Chadwick Boseman’s shrewd, powerhouse performance.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: It may have the depth and perceptivity of a tabloid article, but Tate Taylor’s ‘Get on Up’ features enough exciting music scenes and arresting performances to make its 140 minutes seem like nothing.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: A James Brown biopic was long overdue, and Get on Up fulfills the basic requirements: anyone unfamiliar with the singer gets the basic story (if presented in a by-the-numbers manner) and fans get a terrific soundtrack supported by an electric performance by Boseman in the lead. Still, for all the razzle-dazzle up on the screen, one wishes a little more flair had been put into the screenplay.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Get On Up never really finds its groove, but it will have you moving in your seat and tapping your toes, in wonderment of what was the real James Brown.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Awesome! Between Chadwick Boseman’s riveting portrayal of James Brown and this film’s pitch-perfect kaleidoscopic narrative form, “Get On Up” is the kind of musical biopic that audiences await with bated breath.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

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