One Direction: This Is Us Reviews

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Christopher Campbell
May 30, 2014

The boys are very likable, but the film around them is still very repetitive.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 5, 2014

About as journalistically useful as a promoted tweet.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 27, 2013

Even Niall's schtick of whipping up or quieting down a mass of waiting fans seems the most innocuous metaphor imaginable for the manipulation that, unexamined here, lies at the hollow heart of all this manufactured stardom and its manufactured followers.

Jim Schembri
September 29, 2013

What's super-odd about this film is its director, Morgan Spurlock. Best-known as an activist's a bit of a shock to see his controversy-magnet name attached to something so tame, formulaic and corporate.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Liam Maguren
September 22, 2013

Background graphics burst past the stage and into the foreground - a flashy, amusingly distracting gimmick that feels true to the band it accompanies.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
September 20, 2013

This Is Us is like a balloon - it's shiny and kinda fun for about 10 minutes, but ultimately it's full of nothing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
September 16, 2013

One Direction: This Is Us feels like a 90 minute advertisement that has been created to further promote the One Direction brand.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
September 16, 2013

Perhaps the nicest surprise of the doco is that, despite emerging from the manufactured pop machine, these boys feel refreshingly grounded and they're not taking their success for granted.

Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 12, 2013

An inoffensive but shallow cash-in on a temporary phenomenon.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 10, 2013

Fans will eat this stuff up with a spoon, while any stray nonfans will likely spend the movie gauging the bubblegum tunes and matching faces to names. (By the end, I could finally tell bandmates Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson apart.)

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
September 9, 2013

Like their music, the film proves to be inoffensively genial, if surface-deep.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dave White
September 6, 2013

One Direction: This Is Us... doesn't bother with bummers, even small ones. Fame, according to this movie, is a journey to the center of radness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
September 5, 2013

Spurlock, who revolutionized activist documentary filmmaking with Super Size Me, has set the genre back with this cinema equivalent of a glossy teen magazine cover.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.7/10
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
September 4, 2013

Spurlock makes inventive use of 3-D technology. The picture is trippy in places, making it more pleasant to sit through the forgettable songs than it otherwise would be. But Beatles comparisons? Please. One Direction is less a band than a business plan.

Jackie K. Cooper
September 3, 2013

A documentary about "One Direction" that is aimed solely at their fans. For anyone else the entertainment lags.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 3, 2013

It's a superficial publicity piece. But it's enjoyable even if you're not a pre-pubescent girl.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
September 2, 2013

(Spurlock) has occupied both sides of manufacturing, first as the engine of expose, and now as a wide-eyed, willing participant.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 2, 2013

This is the rock revolution reduced to the level of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 2, 2013

A glossy, promotional concept that's overly enhanced by unnecessary amplification.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 2, 2013

While this documentary may be as carefully constructed as the band, no amount of stage management can stop genuine emotions seeping through, and you're likely to find your cynicism crumbling in the face of the lads' sheer energy and down-to-earth charm.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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