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One Direction: This Is Us Reviews

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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 2, 2013
A glossy, promotional concept that's overly enhanced by unnecessary amplification.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 2, 2013
While this documentary may be as carefully constructed as the band, no amount of stage management can stop genuine emotions seeping through, and you're likely to find your cynicism crumbling in the face of the lads' sheer energy and down-to-earth charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 31, 2013
a great spool of carefully spun cotton candy designed to delight its target audience. And it will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 30, 2013
This is Us plays out like a love letter to the cardboard cutouts we frequently see in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emily Estep
We Got This Covered
August 30, 2013
One Direction: This Is Us adequately entertains as a functioning documentary about five very young, very busy men who hardly have time to speak with their fans, let alone their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
August 30, 2013
For parents who must accompany them to the film, there's good news as well: It's far from the worst movie ever, and it lasts only 95 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
August 30, 2013
There's nothing that's going to replace being with thousands of screaming One Direction fans at a concert. But Spurlock offers an exceptional surrogate with this film. In the world of concert movies, One Direction: This Is Us is top of the charts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Berry
National Post
August 30, 2013
There is nothing you wouldn't expect, but at least it's all done with flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 30, 2013
The film doesn't earn a place among the great music documentaries, but it presents its stars in 3D immediacy that likely will inspire screams and sighs wherever movies are shown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
August 30, 2013
Like 1D, concert docu is clean cut, with tiny bit of edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
August 30, 2013
Some of the film's most memorable moments involve Niall and Liam looking down on oceans of screaming devotees in the street, and controlling their cheers like orchestra conductors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 30, 2013
...whitewashed to only put the best face forward. Although there's plenty of song, these five guys travel the world with no wine and no women except their moms (Taylor Swift, briefly attached to heartthrob Harry, has been excised).
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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