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Bad 25 (2012)

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86

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Chronicles the making of Michael Jackson's iconic, record-breaking Bad album and Michael's first world tour as a solo artist. Spike Lee examines Michael Jackson's creative vision for the album that ended up defining an era. Michael's lasting artistic legacy comes to life thanks to rare and never before seen footage and the vivid recollections of Michael's collaborators and confidants, such as Martin Scorsese who directed the 18-minute short film for the single Bad.

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (1)

On-screen, "Bad 25" moves in the style of a great pop song.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The posthumous campaign to polish Michael Jackson's tarnished reputation continues apace with this Spike Lee infomercial, commissioned by Sony and the money-grubbing Jackson estate to promote the 25th anniversary of his 1987 album "Bad.''

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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Though at times a tad worshipful, the film's tone is ultimately more awed than hagiographic, its commenters too cleareyed and candid to back away from negative publicity or public disenchantment.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Jackson fans will love Spike Lee's look back at the making of a classic, even if the extensive collection of clips and contemporary interviews - which could have used a firm edit - feels more suited to DVD.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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It's baaad, and great.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Spike Lee has given the world the first tribute that fully measures up to Jackson the artist. Come on and get you sham on.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Even if you stubbornly refuse to get down with the heavy, heavy grooves on this recording, you may in fact find a new appreciation for both the record itself and the musician behind the headlines.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch
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A beautiful showcase of an influential artist in his prime at his creative best.

November 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
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Conventional but very entertaining.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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Audience Reviews for Bad 25

Everything you could ever want to know about Micheal Jackson's album, Bad. Hard to believe it is 25 years old already. It was the third album I ever bought and it's still undeniably good, no matter where you sit on the MJ good guy/bad guy debate. I wish some of my other favorite albums would be so meticulously explored, it really is a fans dream with taking heads from everyone who worked on the album, bar the man himself of course. It probably could have done without the gushings of Justin Bieber and the like, I was listening to this when his Dad was still in school, no one needs to hear him tell us how good the album is but I guess the producers saw it as a way to reach out to the kids as if MJ hasn't done that already. No, I don't mean it like that but the music has and will always speak for itself. Surprised to see it was directed by Spike Lee but it explains why it is so good.
April 11, 2013
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