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: 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.
  3. 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.
  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
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    6
    Spike Lee's Documentary is highly watchable entertainment. It is a long way away from anything revolutionary. I am still waiting for the great Michael Jackson documentary Biopic, and I am betting I will be waiting for many years to come. Michael Jackson was a recording genius and a wizard of modern pop dance. Lee's film never strays from it's purpose, that is to prove he truly is the king of pop. This documentary to the eyes of child could inspire musical prodigies for generations to come. I have one gripe, did we really need to interview Chris Brown? His presence turns this documentary into an unnecessary time capsule. Full Review »