One Direction: This Is Us Reviews

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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
August 31, 2013
This Is Us does what it needs to do for its target audience. But anyone looking for actual substance or insight will be disappointed and maybe even a little bored with its repetitive nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 30, 2013
The fact is that they are as criminally cute as a basketful of puppies. This Is Us manages to frame that boyish appeal astutely ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 30, 2013
It might not make you a fan of One Direction, but it will certainly make you understand the group, which is the job of any good documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
August 29, 2013
The film is a successful witness to the great charm possessed by all five members of One Direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2013
"One Direction: This Is Us" leaves the larger questions it points toward teasingly unexplored, making the film little more than a harmless keepsake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
August 29, 2013
With a group so evidently versed in the visuals of rock history, it's a shame that a filmmaker wasn't hired who would pay homage to classic pop films instead of offering a satisfactory paid promotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Frisicano
Time Out
August 29, 2013
Adoring hordes will no doubt devour shots of shirtless head hunk Harry, simmering "quiet one" Zayn and the others goofing on their minders, while nonacolytes will giggle over the Jackass-lite pranks that seem to fill most of their downtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Marc Hirsh
Boston Globe
August 29, 2013
It's not that Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson aren't charming and likable. The problem is that the movie offers no way of differentiating them beyond their hairstyles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 29, 2013
For the most part, the movie embraces harmless fun, which can be enjoyable for the audience members, whether they're 1D fans or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
August 29, 2013
An airbrushed image of celibate wholesomeness without groupies or even girlfriends, and where evidently nothing stronger than milk passes these young men's lips.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
August 29, 2013
No personal revelations surface in "This Is Us." Also, no narrative, no conflict - no differentiation between band members, even, besides the designation of dark-eyed Zayn as "the mysterious one" (he likes to paint).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 29, 2013
A tour documentary that's so streamlined, it could only have been produced by a machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 29, 2013
One Direction: This is Us is movie fan fare as slickly assembled as the manufactured English/Irish singing group itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 29, 2013
A reasonably intriguing, if rather sanitized, look at these seemingly likable young entertainers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 29, 2013
Here and there, the faintest glimmer of actual drama presents itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 28, 2013
For audiences willing to spend some time basking in the glow of the teen sensation of the moment, this docu-music-infomercial is as palatable, and as disposable, as the group's hit songs.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 28, 2013
This doesn't set out to be a movie that gets at anything more than making the One Direction guys look adorable, if maybe just a little darker than your average boy-band bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jim Farber
New York Daily News
August 28, 2013
The stage footage, from Madison Square Garden to Mexico City's stadium, has some snazzy allure. The 3-D effects make fans feel like they could reach out and squeeze them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 28, 2013
Essentially a slick, airbrushed promo reel of a bunch of genuinely sweet superstars who can't believe their dumb luck. That's charming. But it's also a little boring. What it's most definitely not is a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Amy Nicholson
Village Voice
August 27, 2013
Even calling the film a documentary feels deluded.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
August 26, 2013
Adding another must-see item to their portfolio will surely only increase One Direction's popularity.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
August 21, 2013
The film's central fivesome prove charming pallbearers throughout the film, which alternates between inspired and insipid as it hits its hagiographic marks.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
August 21, 2013
No warts, no acne -- there's not even a pimple on the butt of this on-tour portrait of the reality-bred boy popsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5