Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mikael Wood
    Oct 25, 2012
    80
    On-screen, Bad 25 moves in the style of a great pop song.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Oct 19, 2012
    80
    Bad 25 is an intimate view of a performer at his peak in the intense splendor of creativity.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 19, 2012
    80
    Spike Lee has given the world the first tribute that fully measures up to Jackson the artist. Come on get your sham on.
  4. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Nov 21, 2012
    75
    It's fascinating, warm and immensely watchable stuff, and fans of both Jackson and pop music in general will surely eat the film up.
  5. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Oct 19, 2012
    70
    A blockbuster melange of Motown, metal, hip-hop, world and gospel influences, bound by trailblazing production, "Bad" has stood in its predecessor's shadow too long, and Spike Lee convincingly makes the case for reassessment with this exhaustive and entertaining if less-than-penetrating documentary on its creation.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 19, 2012
    70
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 19, 2012
    60
    Michael 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 19, 2012
    50
    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.''
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 19, 2012
    40
    This is little more than an episode of VH1's Classic Albums writ large. You'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about the making of this chart-topping behemoth - except for insights about the man in the mirror who created it.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Apr 6, 2015
    1
    This movie sucks. It has Justin Bieber in it. I hate him his songs are crap! This film has bad storyline, characters, etc. But I am givingThis movie sucks. It has Justin Bieber in it. I hate him his songs are crap! This film has bad storyline, characters, etc. But I am giving this a 1 and not 0 because at least JB is not a major character. OH AND IT EVEN HAS THE WORST SINGER EVER, MARIAH CAREY! Don't watch this movie. Watch Shrek instead. Full Review »
  2. Mar 21, 2015
    2
    This is a VERY crappy film because the story,characters,etc. are all awful. They even got the crappy and awful face and singer, Justin Bieber,This is a VERY crappy film because the story,characters,etc. are all awful. They even got the crappy and awful face and singer, Justin Bieber, who also sucks too. I recommend you stay away from it. Watch this at your own risk, or it is your choice but I am not watching this overrated crap again. At least I give it a 3/10, because JB isn't THAT majour, nor is he a main character. If not, a terrible one. Oh, and they have the most awful singer Mariah Carey too. That is it. 2/10. Do not buy this at all costs because it really sucks. Buy Mario Kart 8 instead. Full Review »
  3. Dec 25, 2014
    8
    is not a film for everyone. for fans of the album is very interesting to know the behind the scenes and the opinion of protagonists and someis not a film for everyone. for fans of the album is very interesting to know the behind the scenes and the opinion of protagonists and some influences. good documentary. Full Review »