Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. 25
    Neither a concert film nor a documentary but a ghoulish “event” offered just in time for Halloween, This is It is sadly -- and reprehensively, if you ask me -- the movie equivalent to the National Enquirer’s infamous post-mortem shot of Elvis Presley.
  2. Reviewed by: Aidin Vaziri
    Those who stuck with the troubled pop icon after his universe shifted from the charts to the tabloids probably will find equal measures of inspiration and heartbreak in the documentary. For everyone else, it's a strange offering.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Richards
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 168 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 81
  2. Negative: 13 out of 81
  1. j30
    Oct 7, 2011
    A really good documentary about a true artist and professional at work. Just spectacular musician and perfectionist.
  2. Oct 23, 2010
    The 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
    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 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 »