One Direction: This Is Us - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
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Marc Hirsh
Boston Globe
August 29, 2013
It's not that Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson aren't charming and likable. The problem is that the movie offers no way of differentiating them beyond their hairstyles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Witney Seibold
August 30, 2013
Young girls love vaguely sexualized young men who gather in groups of five and sing songs about making out.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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-
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
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 27, 2013
This is us, and we're cute. But bloody boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 20, 2013
They rattle through all the hits, like Kiss You, Rock Me and I Would: songs that leave you pining for the harmonic complexity and lyrical daring of Justin Bieber.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Genevieve Koski
The Dissolve
August 29, 2013
This Is Us lays the One Direction guys out as slabs of meat on the altar of teen-pop fandom, giving them little more dimension than the cardboard cutouts and posters that decorate the bedrooms of their adoring fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
August 29, 2013
No personal revelations surface in "This Is Us." Also, no narrative, no conflict - no differentiation between band members, even, besides the designation of dark-eyed Zayn as "the mysterious one" (he likes to paint).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
August 31, 2013
This Is Us does what it needs to do for its target audience. But anyone looking for actual substance or insight will be disappointed and maybe even a little bored with its repetitive nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 28, 2013
Essentially a slick, airbrushed promo reel of a bunch of genuinely sweet superstars who can't believe their dumb luck. That's charming. But it's also a little boring. What it's most definitely not is a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 29, 2013
There is a very peculiar exchange of power going on between the fans of One Direction and the band, that makes the movie feel more than anything like a horribly grovelling, Mr Slopeish bow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Willie Waffle
August 30, 2013
I don't know what made me cry more, a cameo appearance from Martin Scorsese or witnessing Simon Cowell in all of his 3-D glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
August 30, 2013
It's a 'Tiger Beat' article in video form, a feature-length music video featuring the group's biggest songs and fluffy moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 31, 2013
This is an empty film that provides no insight into its pop singer subjects, but the bubble-gum band got the kind of film they deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 29, 2013
One Direction: This is Us is movie fan fare as slickly assembled as the manufactured English/Irish singing group itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 29, 2013
A tour documentary that's so streamlined, it could only have been produced by a machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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