Michael Jackson's This Is It
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 28, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it may not be the definitive concert film (or the insightful backstage look) some will hope for, Michael Jackson's This Is It packs more than enough entertainment value to live up to its ambitious title.

A.O. Scott
At the Movies

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.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Michael Jackson's perfectionism fails him in This Is It, and we're all the better for it.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

It's always inspiring to see a genius at work. And that's exactly how I felt watching Michael Jackson in This Is it--inspired.

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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News

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.

Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury 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.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's a fitting celebration of a controversial man's last days, packaged prettily with a bow on top.

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Simon Miraudo

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.

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Carlos Magalh„es
A very well-edited behind-the-scenes clearly made for fans, showing nice rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson's concert that never was, but… More
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RIP King..
Michael Edwards
After Michael Jackson's death i was addicted to knowing more about him and now he's my favorite singer, and when this movie was released in theaters,… More
Spencer S.
For what it was intended to be, This Is It hit a home run. More than self congratulations, this tribute to the music great could have been a movie shrine to the… More
Morgan Salem
This movie made me love Michael Jackson. We lost a truly great artist...This was a great look into what a perfectionist (in a good way) he was and how much… More
paul sandberg
I was never much of a fan of the "King of Pop" in any way shape or form, even going back to the Jackson 5 days, but this documentary has given me new… More