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Michael Jackson's This Is It Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2012
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.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 19, 2010
It's a goddamn American tragedy. Let the poor sick bastard rest in peace.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 29, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 73/100
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 26, 2010
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 | Original Score: A
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 25, 2010
...a pretty amazing labor of love...a DVD that anyone interesting in music, live shows and the creative process should see.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
January 8, 2010
'This is It' is tied together by an aesthetic that can only be called Synthetic Intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 2, 2009
As breathtaking as it is heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: C
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
November 19, 2009
As much as This Is It recalls Jackson's genius, it perpetuates the exploitation that shaped his life.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 15, 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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael Wade Simpson
culturevulture.net
November 12, 2009
... a concert-that-never-was film that trumps that genre because of its ultimate humanity, imperfection and lack of overproduction
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 12, 2009
... unapologetically worshipful, but it delivers.
| Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Silver
The Trend
November 11, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
November 11, 2009
By the time the tour was gelling, the Weird One had left the building.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
November 8, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 7, 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 | Original Score: 87/100
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 6, 2009
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 | Original Score: A
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