100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
[An] extraordinary documentary, nothing at all like what I was expecting to see. Here is not a sick and drugged man forcing himself through grueling rehearsals, but a spirit embodied by music. Michael Jackson was something else.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A spectacular record of rehearsals for a show that wasn't to be.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
What this strange yet strangely beguiling film does is capture one of pop culture's great entertainers in the feverish grips of pure creativity.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Watching his struggle is illuminating, unnerving and unforgettable.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The late King of Pop delivers.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Watching Jackson pop, lock, rock, writhe, thrust, and clutch his crotch, even at 50 percent, leaves a feeling of woe: This show really would have been major.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Michael Jackson's This Is It looks beyond the reconstructed face and spindly body of the late King of Pop and basks in his meteoric light.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This Is It offers a raw and endearing sketch of a genius at work.
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75

USA Today

If This Is It doesn't miraculously restore the middle-aged Jackson to his past glory, it at least offers glimpses of his bygone greatness, and poignant suggestions of what might have been.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Those who stuck with the troubled pop icon after his universe shifted from the charts to the tabloids probably will find equal measures of inspiration and heartbreak in the documentary. For everyone else, it's a strange offering.
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67 out of 100
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