Bad 25
Bad 25 (2012)

Chronicles the making of Michael Jackson's iconic, record-breaking Bad album and Michael's first world tour as a solo artist. Spike Lee examines Michael Jackson's creative vision for the album that ended up defining an era.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 26, 2012
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mikael Wood
Los Angeles Times

On-screen, "Bad 25" moves in the style of a great pop song.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Jackson fans will love Spike Lee's look back at the making of a classic, even if the extensive collection of clips and contemporary interviews - which could have used a firm edit - feels more suited to DVD.

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Sophie Brown
Dazed and Confused

[A] thorough and engaging exploration of the cultural phenomenon; a unique explosion in musical history, and insight into the loneliness of the performer, isolated in a fame bubble and devoured by the press.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The posthumous campaign to polish Michael Jackson's tarnished reputation continues apace with this Spike Lee infomercial, commissioned by Sony and the money-grubbing Jackson estate to promote the 25th anniversary of his 1987 album "Bad.''

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

It's baaad, and great.

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Jason Gorber

Even if you stubbornly refuse to get down with the heavy, heavy grooves on this recording, you may in fact find a new appreciation for both the record itself and the musician behind the headlines.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Though at times a tad worshipful, the film's tone is ultimately more awed than hagiographic, its commenters too cleareyed and candid to back away from negative publicity or public disenchantment.

Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Spike Lee has given the world the first tribute that fully measures up to Jackson the artist. Come on and get you sham on.

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Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

A beautiful showcase of an influential artist in his prime at his creative best.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Brian R
When I watched Spike Lee's documentary "BAD25", I saw a humble, serious, determined artist at work. Lee uses the talking heads approach and well… More