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One Direction: This Is Us Reviews

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John Fink
The Film Stage
June 28, 2016
I feel as if I learned very little from One Direction: This is Us, a movie that is more of a consumer product or an event than an actual feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
June 7, 2016
It's hard not to get caught up in the band's infectious enthusiasm for life and drive to make hay while the sun shines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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 P. 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
Seven Days
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.
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