Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Heartbreaking, exhilarating, baffling. In other words, it expresses the performer's persona in its purest form.
  3. What this strange yet strangely beguiling film does is capture one of pop culture's great entertainers in the feverish grips of pure creativity.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    90
    One of the best documents of live performance that I've ever seen, a rehearsal diary that's more intimate and immediate than a traditional concert film.
  5. A spectacular record of rehearsals for a show that wasn't to be.
  6. 88
    Watching his struggle is illuminating, unnerving and unforgettable.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 171 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 82
  2. Negative: 13 out of 82
  1. j30
    Oct 7, 2011
    8
    A really good documentary about a true artist and professional at work. Just spectacular musician and perfectionist.
  2. Oct 23, 2010
    7
    The film reveals more about Michael Jackson as a hard-working and meticulously attentive artist than any other insight over his lifetime, aThe film reveals more about Michael Jackson as a hard-working and meticulously attentive artist than any other insight over his lifetime, a really good film. Full Review »
  3. Oct 17, 2010
    8
    It probably isn't the ultimate tribute to the King of Pop but it does deliever on the music and visuals. The one annoying thing is KennyIt probably isn't the ultimate tribute to the King of Pop but it does deliever on the music and visuals. The one annoying thing is Kenny Ortega always floating in the background like some foul dust and every so often coming in with an annoying comment. But, The King of Pop is still brilliant even 2 days before his death, so much life and energy with 48 hours to live. The tragedy is easily forgotten in this magical concert film where we see what we really should remember MJ by, his music. Full Review »