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  • Summary: The documentary takes a look at Michael Jackson's legacy, focusing on the reception of his album "Bad."
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: 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.
  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: 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.
  7. 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.

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  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 greatSpike 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. Expand