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.
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.
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.
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.