75

Slant Magazine

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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
The true strength of Spurlock’s documentary is how he showcases the behind-the-scenes, off-stage personalities of the One Direction boys.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's misleading to call this a documentary — fan fodder is more like it.
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60

Time Out London

What’s the opposite of warts-n-all? ‘No warts’ doesn’t even begin to describe Morgan Spurlock’s fly-on-the-wall film about One Direction. No warts, no acne – there’s not even a pimple on the butt of this on-tour portrait of the reality-bred boy popsters.
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60

Time Out New York

It may be just an hour-and-a-half commercial for the new single, “Best Song Ever,” and a victory lap following a successful arena tour, but credit where it’s due: This behind-the-scenes look at the English-Irish boy band du jour captures the group’s unpretentious stage show and regular-joe nature in all their glory.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Justin Lowe
The filmmakers’ intent to depict them as “normal guys” mostly succeeds, primarily due to their not inconsiderable charm.
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60

Empire

By Anna Smith
1D in 3D: the closest thing to a Shine A Light for Directioners.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
We're treated to what's 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.
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50

Variety

By Andrew Barker
The film’s central fivesome prove charming pallbearers throughout the film, which alternates between inspired and insipid as it hits its hagiographic marks.
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20

Village Voice

By Amy Nicholson
Even calling the film a documentary feels deluded.
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49 out of 100
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