Bad 25 Reviews

February 2, 2019
A tribute to the master craftsman and musical talent that was Jackson and not a penetrative investigation of the man who made the music.
October 14, 2016
[A] thorough and engaging exploration of the cultural phenomenon; a unique explosion in musical history, and insight into the loneliness of the performer, isolated in a fame bubble and devoured by the press.
December 28, 2012
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.
November 24, 2012
A beautiful showcase of an influential artist in his prime at his creative best.
October 25, 2012
On-screen, "Bad 25" moves in the style of a great pop song.
October 19, 2012
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 18, 2012
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
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
It's baaad, and great.
October 17, 2012
Spike Lee has given the world the first tribute that fully measures up to Jackson the artist. Come on and get you sham on.
September 20, 2012
Conventional but very entertaining.
Top Critic
September 17, 2012
Spike Lee convincingly makes the case for reassessment with this exhaustive and entertaining if less-than-penetrating docu on [Bad's] creation.