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Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 145
Rotten: 34

Critics Consensus: While it may not be the definitive concert film (or the insightful backstage look) some will hope for, Michael Jackson's This Is It packs more than enough entertainment value to live up to its ambitious title.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 35
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: While it may not be the definitive concert film (or the insightful backstage look) some will hope for, Michael Jackson's This Is It packs more than enough entertainment value to live up to its ambitious title.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 221,111


Movie Info

"Michael Jackson's This Is It" will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London's O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from March through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a … More

PG (for some suggestive choreography and scary images)
Musical & Performing Arts , Documentary
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jan 26, 2010
Box Office:
Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Michael Jackson's This Is It

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (145) | Rotten (34) | DVD (9)

The Michael Jackson we see here is not a self-styled Messiah or a tabloid oddity. He is, instead, what he always was underneath it all: a talented musician, a brilliant dancer, and one of the most gifted entertainers of his time.

Full Review… | November 2, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

It's purpose isn't to reinvent Jackson, but to recapture some of the creative magic that made the kid from Indiana a worldwide musical ambassador.

October 30, 2009
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

It's an expertly packaged -- brilliantly packaged, considering how quickly the job was done -- phantasmagoria that emphasizes, quite convincingly, the energy that Michael could still draw from whatever was fueling his wraith-thin body.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Michael Jackson's perfectionism fails him in This Is It, and we're all the better for it.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Perhaps the best way to approach it -- at least for those who are not total Jackson fans -- is to view it as an often-fascinating document on how the sausage (or magic, if you will) is made for a mega-concert tour.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

It's a fitting celebration of a controversial man's last days, packaged prettily with a bow on top.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Don't watch this documentary film expecting to find insight into Jackson's troubled psyche, or to spot premonitions of his impending death, watch instead for glimpses of his peerless talent.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Movie Talk

Sometimes he loses his voice and sometimes he even loses his temper. The film never shows us whether or not Michael Jackson had lost his mind. But it does show us that he never lost his talent.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

It's a goddamn American tragedy. Let the poor sick bastard rest in peace.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Philadelphia Weekly

Because the show was designed to be a nostalgic wrap-up of the highlights of [Jackson's] career, This Is It works very appropriately as a eulogy.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Window to the Movies

If you've got the slightest interest in Jackson's music, then this is the movie for you. If you want to learn the truth about the icon, then you're looking at the wrong film.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Apollo Guide

The total DVD package is a brilliantly conceived and assembled work that shows the love (L O V E) the filmmakers have for their muse, Michael.

Full Review… | January 26, 2010
Reeling Reviews

...a pretty amazing labor of love...a DVD that anyone interesting in music, live shows and the creative process should see.

Full Review… | January 25, 2010
Reeling Reviews

'This is It' is tied together by an aesthetic that can only be called Synthetic Intimacy.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010
Film Snobs

This Is It gives us enough to see that this concert series was going to be the kind of show you tell your grandkids about, full of incredible dancing and innovative staging and energetic wowness. The missing elements serve to feature the star who has fal

Full Review… | December 15, 2009

As breathtaking as it is heartbreaking.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A piecemeal attempt at putting a bow on Michael Jackson's overblown and bankrupt career, this clinical behind-the-scenes collage of the rehearsal process for MJ's doomed London performance schedule is more propaganda than documentary.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009

As much as This Is It recalls Jackson's genius, it perpetuates the exploitation that shaped his life.

Full Review… | November 19, 2009

Now, when I see and hear the fan worship, I don't silently cringe. Never again. I nod my head in affirmation.

Full Review… | November 15, 2009
Cinema Signals

... a concert-that-never-was film that trumps that genre because of its ultimate humanity, imperfection and lack of overproduction

Full Review… | November 12, 2009

... unapologetically worshipful, but it delivers.

Full Review… | November 12, 2009
Sacramento News & Review

A deeply creepy and disturbing exercise, in which we're exposed to footage that was likely never meant to see the light of day, featuring a performer who at the time was, literally, days away from death.

November 11, 2009
The Trend

By the time the tour was gelling, the Weird One had left the building.

Full Review… | November 11, 2009
Washington City Paper

As a posthumous document, This Is It offers a veiled, vaseline-lens look behind the curtain. As a cultural event, it's more than a little creepy and depressing.

Full Review… | November 8, 2009

...a footnote to a complex, creative life that cannot be reduced to a cautionary tale. It is a glimpse of joy, a sequin shining amidst the ashes.

Full Review… | November 7, 2009
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

What "This is It" accomplishes is key to not only preserving Jackson's memory, but also to galvanizing his myth. Onstage, he still moonwalks, but there are new moves to be had here and a voice that is still strong.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for Michael Jackson's This Is It

The peak of all prolific MJ tributes.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


After Michael Jackson's death i was addicted to knowing more about him and now he's my favorite singer, and when this movie was released in theaters, literally, everyone in my family went to go see it, and it blew all of us away, each and every music rendition Michael did from his hit songs (yet for some reason they didn't have bad, speed demon, will you be there, or black or white.) R.I.P. Michael Jackson we all miss you, your family, my family, everyone misses you, you were a true change to this world

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Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

This movie made me love Michael Jackson. We lost a truly great artist...This was a great look into what a perfectionist (in a good way) he was and how much effort he put into his work. And if you want to see some more great MIchael, watch his short film/music Video for Ghost. Very very entertaining. :)

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

RIP King..

Sajin P A

Super Reviewer

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