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Bri, a 16-year-old gifted rapper, attempts to take the battle rap scene by storm in order to lift up her family and do right by the legacy of her father - a local hip hop legend whose career was cut short by gang violence. But when her first hit song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, she finds herself torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the false persona that the industry wants to impose upon her. On the Come Up is based on the New York Times' #1 best-selling novel by Angie Thomas.


  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph
  • Mike Epps
  • Method Man
  • Nijah Brenea
  • Cuyle Carvin
  • Kelly Collins Lintz
  • Miles Gutierrez-Riley
  • Shiquita James

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4.0 out of 5


Sep 28, 2022

At too many points, the script from Kay Oyegun (adapting the novel by Angie Thomas) is uneven: Some story beats move too fast, while others pass too slowly, and there are narrative holes. Still, even with its flaws, On the Come Up — like 2018’s The Hate U Give — offers Black teen girls a voice in cinema that they have rarely had before. Lathan mines that gold, making her debut shine.

Metacritic review by Ronda Racha Penrice
Ronda Racha Penrice
Sep 22, 2022

Jamila C. Gray lends credibility to Brianna Jackson, who happens to be searching for just that. She plays the damn role.

Metacritic review by Josh Wise
Josh Wise
Slant Magazine
Sep 12, 2022

Lathan, who has had a long and fruitful career as an actress in TV shows like “The Affair,” does well in her first go as a director. She has just enough visual flair so as to not overwhelm the rich characters and vibrant place.

Metacritic review by Johnny Oleksinski
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post