Michael Jackson's This Is It
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"Michael Jackson's This Is It" will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London's O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from March through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Michael Jackson we see here is not a self-styled Messiah or a tabloid oddity. He is, instead, what he always was underneath it all: a talented musician, a brilliant dancer, and one of the most gifted entertainers of his time."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"Michael Jackson's perfectionism fails him in This Is It, and we're all the better for it."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Don't watch this documentary film expecting to find insight into Jackson's troubled psyche, or to spot premonitions of his impending death, watch instead for glimpses of his peerless talent."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Because the show was designed to be a nostalgic wrap-up of the highlights of [Jackson's] career, This Is It works very appropriately as a eulogy."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"...a pretty amazing labor of love...a DVD that anyone interesting in music, live shows and the creative process should see."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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
"Perhaps the best way to approach it -- at least for those who are not total Jackson fans -- is to view it as an often-fascinating document on how the sausage (or magic, if you will) is made for a mega-concert tour."
‑ Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News
"Sometimes he loses his voice and sometimes he even loses his temper. The film never shows us whether or not Michael Jackson had lost his mind. But it does show us that he never lost his talent."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"If you've got the slightest interest in Jackson's music, then this is the movie for you. If you want to learn the truth about the icon, then you're looking at the wrong film."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"'This is It' is tied together by an aesthetic that can only be called Synthetic Intimacy."
‑ Stephen Himes, Film Snobs
"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 a fitting celebration of a controversial man's last days, packaged prettily with a bow on top."
‑ Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's a goddamn American tragedy. Let the poor sick bastard rest in peace."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"The total DVD package is a brilliantly conceived and assembled work that shows the love (L O V E) the filmmakers have for their muse, Michael."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"This Is It gives us enough to see that this concert series was going to be the kind of show you tell your grandkids about, full of incredible dancing and innovative staging and energetic wowness. The missing elements serve to feature the star who has fal"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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