Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005

Critics score:
16 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Peter Debruge, Miami Herald: For those who don't take 50 Cent's talent for granted going in, there's nothing to indicate what's so special about him, much less why he of all people deserves to have a movie made about his experiences. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Sheridan's ensemble ensures that Get Rich, the film, comes to life around the edges, if not at its center. Read more

Ted Fry, Seattle Times: The story and action are serviceable, but there's very little spark in the wooden screen presence of the star and the dearth of subtext or style from the director. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Director Jim Sheridan and screenwriter Terence Winter have difficulty fashioning these events into a story that has a coherent point or purpose. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: This is a very strong film. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: What we're left with is a movie that, at times, barely seems to move (it feels like it lasts three hours) and a lead actor who doesn't just look bored, but delivers so many of his lines like he'd rather be anywhere else. Read more

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Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic: 50 Cent has some good moments, but other times he seems like little more than a blank slate. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Before we enter the theater, we know he's a millionaire winner starring in a movie about how he won. So it's hard to believe him when he isn't smiling. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: The film's inability to resist the lure of maximum exploitation becomes frustrating. Read more

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Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: This thinly autobiographical gangsta odyssey never achieves liftoff, and Jackson is unconvincing. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Neither powerful nor interesting. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Mr. Sheridan understands the sudden, spasmodic nature of turf battles. Get Rich plays like a genre movie with a particularly skilled hand at the helm. Read more

John Patterson, L.A. Weekly: Even more problematic is the script's clumsy, sprawling architecture, Sheridan's clubfooted sense of pacing and his grubby, indistinct visuals. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: The film moves, albeit under an oppressive cloud of deja vu. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: The improbable Jackson-Sheridan collaboration yields an immensely entertaining film. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: A gangsta rapper without fire in the belly isn't terribly interesting, cinematically or musically. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Don't for a second think that we're meeting the next great rap star to become a movie star. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A film with a rich and convincing texture, a drama with power and anger. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, This isn't Sheridan's most complex or richest picture, but there's lots of life to it: This is an unapologetically glossy pop product, powered by a strong, old-fashioned sense of B-movie melodrama. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Sometimes [50 Cent] could enunciate more clearly, but he does a great job of being a bad rapper early in Marcus' career. And most musicians will say that performing badly on purpose is one of the most difficult things for them to do. Read more

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Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: The picture can't decide what it wants to be -- maybe a gangster flick, perhaps a musical biopic, or how about a real-life slice of mythic inspiration. Read more

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Todd McCarthy, Variety: Plays like a contrived cross between New Jack City and Hustle & Flow. Read more

Laura Sinagra, Village Voice: Be warned, when a fedora-sporting Godfather starts wheezing out pearls about violence begetting violence, you may die tryin' to stop laughin'. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Shockingly inert. Read more