Michael Jackson's This Is It Reviews

  • Long live the king!

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Would those concerts have returned him to his magical pedestal? We'll never know the answer, of course. But watching this movie, at least we get a feel of it.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Death returned Michael Jackson's humanity, and in a curious, tentative way so too does Michael Jackson's This Is It.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • This Is It a testament of a kind, and one that is no disgrace to his memory.

    Andrew Pulver — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Elysa Gardner — USA Today

  • Must the show really go on? At best, This Is It is a mere sketch of what Jackson seemed capable of delivering in London, with the King of Pop only half-singing, half-dancing through his most rousing hits.

    Chris Richards — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • For fans wondering if you should see the much-touted documentary memorial concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It, rest assured, the late King of Pop delivers.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's an expertly packaged -- brilliantly packaged, considering how quickly the job was done -- phantasmagoria that emphasizes, quite convincingly, the energy that Michael could still draw from whatever was fueling his wraith-thin body.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It's purpose isn't to reinvent Jackson, but to recapture some of the creative magic that made the kid from Indiana a worldwide musical ambassador.

    Mario Tarradell — Dallas Morning News

  • This Is It isn't quite extraordinary as non-fiction film goes. Perhaps it's something better: a work of generosity.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It's fascinating, often in ways the people behind it might not have intended. It's shiny and slick and scary and cynical, and it's an epic portrait of all the contradictions in American celebrity culture and one of American culture's biggest celebrities.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • The result is one of the most revealing music documentaries I've seen.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Naivete, calculation and all, it looks like it would've been a helluva show, complete with eco-consciousness-raising, an onstage bulldozer and 3-D Thriller footage, newly created to dazzle audiences left high and dry by fate and Jackson's demise.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This Is It is Jackson's moment to shine. For two hours, he's alive and kicking it.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • This may be as close as we'll ever get to knowing the strange boy-man who was one of the greatest entertainers -- onstage, on record and on video -- of the 20th century. He comes across as ageless and timeless, just like the songs he sings.

    Jon Bream — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • This Is It isn't Michael Jackson at his greatest; it's him preparing to be at his greatest. But just watching that preparation is gift enough.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Any evidence of eccentricity, scandal or anything else that marked our perception of Jackson the last few years is missing. In its place is a performer in full command of his gifts.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • There's an incredible amount to enjoy here, and the star's fans will be in rapture. Though Jackson looks painfully thin at times, his vocal prowess and dancing ability seem to have scarcely ebbed at all in the decade he spent offstage.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • I feel fairly confident that a perfectionist like Jackson would never want to be remembered by a shoddy piece of exploitation like This Is It.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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