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On DVD: Jan. 06, 2015 | On Blu-ray: Jan. 06, 2015

Get On Up Review

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3.0

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  • 4.0
    70

    out of 100

    Metascore®
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    In 2007, Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for his subtle performance as Ray Charles. Boseman exceeds that solid standard. Incarnating James Brown in all his ornery uniqueness, he deserves a Pulitzer, a Nobel and instant election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    Get On Up too often plays it safe when it needs to be dangerous.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety 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 distinctive rhythms, and even when the movie itself seems to be on autopilot, Boseman never leaves the captain’s chair.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice 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 experiments that's both flawed and amazing, a mainstream movie (with Mick Jagger as one of its producers) that fulfills old-fashioned, entertainment-value requirements, even as it throws off flashes of insight.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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 dramatic connections across time and space — something in the '70s triggering a childhood memory, for example — than in laying them out predictably.

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