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Michael Jackson's This Is It Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 29, 2009
Given just how much material Kenny Ortega and his editors plowed through to whittle together a two-hour scrapbook and they still could only just barely come up with the presentable material here isn't exactly a vindication.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 28, 2009
These are great songs. This movie, perhaps, is not the best way to remember them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ryan White
October 29, 2009
A documentary would have been a better historical document than a rehearsal film -- unless you're a big fan. If that's the case, you'll love This Is It. If you're not, it's like watching band practice.
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Randall Roberts
L.A. Weekly
October 29, 2009
The problem is that Ortega offers only the public Michael. We witness him through the eyes of his employees in a film designed not only to illuminate Jackson's final days but also to set the terms of future conversation about them.
David Smyth
London Evening Standard
October 28, 2009
It might have been far greater than this curious collection of half-baked moments suggests. We'll still never really know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Nicholson
Times (UK)
November 6, 2009
A bizarre and opportunist piece of film-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Drew McWeeny
October 28, 2009
'This Is It' is a film about a missed opportunity, and is also a missed opportunity itself... a curiosity, rushed into theaters, casually stitched together, and utterly forgettable.
Anders Wotzke
October 29, 2009
Although it's essentially a glorified special feature for a concert DVD, it's a fitting eulogy for fans (and fans alone) that is thankfully not overwrought with sentimentality.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
November 5, 2009
For those expecting something deeper than Ortega's High School Musical trilogy, this ain't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
October 29, 2009
A film about a technical achievement that never was, not the great artist we've all lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Richards
Washington Post
October 28, 2009
Must the show really go on? At best, This Is It is a mere sketch of what Jackson seemed capable of delivering in London, with the King of Pop only half-singing, half-dancing through his most rousing hits.
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
November 4, 2009
Definitely not proof that Jackson was in good health and ready to go for a big show run. Quite the contrary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)
October 28, 2009
It is not a rip-off. But make no mistake, it is a cash-in.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Kaleem Aftab
Independent (UK)
October 30, 2009
The last song we're shown Jackson singing is "Man in the Mirror"; it's a shame the filmmakers did not take a cue from its lyrics to put together an uncompromising assessment of Jackson, rather than delivering another attempt to perpetuate the myth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
November 5, 2009
An incomplete tune.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/3.0
Brian Orndorf
October 27, 2009
Strictly pressed factory floor sweepings, packaged and sold with questionable intent to a public aching for closure...takes Jackson's musical legacy and squeezes it for every last remaining nickel.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cole Smithey
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
Peter Sobczynski
October 28, 2009
As a behind-the-scenes look at how a concert of this size and scope actually comes together, "This Is It" is undeniably intriguing but as a testament to the artistic talents of Michael Jackson, it comes up short in many areas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Ward
October 28, 2009
There are two ways to look at Michael Jackson's big screen B-roll dirge: Either it's a touching documentary tribute or only slightly classier than stringing up Jacko's corpse by its wig and making him perform a post-mortem marionette moonwalk.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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