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  • Summary: 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 beginning this summer in London's O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he has never been seen before. In raw and candid detail, "Michael Jackson's This Is It" captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work as he creates and perfects his final show. (Sony Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. 100
    [An] extraordinary documentary, nothing at all like what I was expecting to see. Here is not a sick and drugged man forcing himself through grueling rehearsals, but a spirit embodied by music. Michael Jackson was something else.
  2. A spectacular record of rehearsals for a show that wasn't to be.
  3. 80
    Watching it, I saw him from some new angles -- painful as well as celebratory -- and I realized that this isn't it: This, as with Elvis' posthumous career, is only the beginning.
  4. An up-tempo and upbeat concert documentary that celebrates, rather than mourns, the last hurrah of a pop-culture touchstone.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    60
    This Is It delivers neither the full-on Jackson stage experience or a revealing portrait of his complex mindset. Yet it does not dishonour his memory and you can’t deny the power of the music.
  6. Neither a true concert film nor a strict behind-the-scenes documentary, This Is It is, like Jackson himself, a real hybrid.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Richards
    25
    For a man who so desperately wanted to show us perfection -- or at least project the illusion of it -- Jackson would never, ever want us to see this film.

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  1. Positive: 66 out of 81
  2. Negative: 13 out of 81
  1. AnneG.
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    I watched it at 20th century in Nairobi. It was packed and people were screaming. Kenyans L.O.V.E Michael !!! Understand this haters, mike is universal, he will never die and your hate for him creates even more love for him.The negative press did nothing in 20 years! He has God's favour. Expand
  2. BarbaraG
    Nov 1, 2009
    10
    This film is redemptive not only for Michael Jackson but also for his fans and hopefully his critics. We see the genius of the artist but we are also glimpse a mature person in control of his body and his team. The deference given to Jackson by his director and the entire group puts the audience on notice that this guys delivers, and that there is not a single person involved in his productions now or in the past that wasn't in awe of this mans talent. The show is fabulous and more than once my husband or I breathed a "unbelieveable" sigh. I am so glad that I got to see Michael the 50 year old man working, directing, creating, and leading not just performing. This is s side of Jackson we haven't seen in the media, a focused, mature, and balanced adult. Additionally, the way he is able to push his body (frail or not) to limits should silence those critics who said he could not deliver. I cannot imagine now being 50 something myself having kept that pace, I ache after a hike! Bravo Mr. Jackson, God gave you a gift, a gift that you shared with the world -- Be at peace. Expand
  3. KuntayO.
    Oct 28, 2009
    10
    The master working on his masterpiece. That's what i'd call this movie. "This is it" offers a focused, proffessional but at the same time humble and friendly man who was set to give the world the most spectacular show in the music history. The majority of the movie is about Michael Jackson being a performer, improvising his dance-steps and giving his all when singing songs like "Human Nature" and "Earth Song". People who are not really fans of him should see this movie just to see what this man was all about. To get his message to the world that people should start "loving each other" and "care for our world". Any Michael Jackson fan will probably see this movie no matter what, but those who are afraid to see a frail looking MJ shouldn't worry. Michael Jackson was on top of his game and was ready to deliver on what he promised people years ago. "You ain't seen nothing yet". Expand
  4. AshmeedM
    Nov 12, 2009
    10
    This is it was a great documentary. I am lost of words to describe it. It is most enjoyed on the big screen or IMAX theater. I highly recommend you get a view of this. Its nothing short but amazing please leave all your critical opinion about MJ otherside you will be blown away. Expand
  5. scottm.
    Nov 2, 2009
    9
    My family loved this movie of MJ. We see it as a tribute to his talents. Nay sayers i believe were not MJ fans to begin with. The movie delivered exactly what it said it would, a behind the scene look at a great entertainer at work. Not a perfect concert film. The concert would have been amazing, and i have no doubt would have hit every note! MJ always delivered. Expand
  6. Jan 18, 2011
    8
    Well basically it's just 2 hours of MJ reherasing his tour. But at least I got to see what was in store because I didn't get a ticket so I was happy with this film. Expand
  7. MONTYQ
    Oct 28, 2009
    0
    Cant believe that this pedo is still going strong even after his death.

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