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One Direction: This Is Us

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Morgan Spurlock

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About the Movie

Follows the UK boy band One Direction for a year as they embark on a world tour.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

63%
  • Reviews Counted: 88
  • Fresh: 55
  • Rotten: 33
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: With a group so evidently versed in the visuals of rock history, it's a shame that a filmmaker wasn't hired who would pay homage to classic pop films instead of offering a satisfactory paid promotional. – Miriam Bale, New York Times, Aug 30, 2013

Rotten: "One Direction: This Is Us" leaves the larger questions it points toward teasingly unexplored, making the film little more than a harmless keepsake. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Aug 29, 2013

Fresh: For the most part, the movie embraces harmless fun, which can be enjoyable for the audience members, whether they're 1D fans or not. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Aug 29, 2013

Fresh: The film is a successful witness to the great charm possessed by all five members of One Direction. – Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews

A HIGHLY ENTERTAINING CONCERT DOCUMENTARY

I loved this movie it felt like I was actually at one of their concerts. It was funny, entertaining and showed a back stage look at their lives on the road. My only complaint is that I didn't really learn much about these boys that I didn't already know, but it was a fun experience. It's a definite must see for any Directioner.

Loved it!

I loved the movie so much! Can't wait to buy it!! 😍❤💕 directioner for life!! ❤❤❤💍💍💍

A CONCERT DOCUMENTARY THAT DELIVERS WHAT IT PROMISES

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") is best known for his investigative wit, but there's none of that in this teen-targeted doc, which focuses its attention on arguably the most successful boy band today. Still, the huge fans won't be able to get enough of the backstage antics and lively performance clips. And there's even a chance those unfamiliar with One Direction will have a bit of fun too. Just don't expect to learn very much about these five young men and their personal lives. Spurlock basically follows Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson on their massive world tour, visiting four continents as they play nearly 130 concerts for their hysterical teenage fans. As we see them all larking around onstage, in the wings, and on their big tour bus, we also get their backstory, as they auditioned individually for The X Factor in 2010, eventually assembling together as a group in a sudden decision by Simon Cowell. Their gigantic global success is the result of a social networking onslaught, and the fans also get their say on screen, gushing with their admiration for these five guys whose pop star careers have only just begun. While the film certainly captures the boys' strong camaraderie, cheeky energy, and constant pranks (including some goofy closing credits clips), we never really learn much about them. There's no attempt to explore their off-stage identities, their romantic lives, or musical inspirations. Some depth is provided in interviews with their parents, who offer emotional insight into how fame changed their families. Aside from a few off-handed moments here and there, their interviews feel carefully media-trained, and there's no commentary from anyone outside their inner circle. But they still emerge as grounded, charming young guys who know how lucky they are, so they're making the most of their success in the short time they have at the top. Even though it's resolutely uncritical, the movie is consistently entertaining. Knowing the film's audience, Spurlock keeps things moving very briskly and puts extra effort into the frequent live performance segments, which are sharply edited and augmented with colorful 3D effects. He even makes sure to get shots of them in various states of undress. And while the documentary portions seem a little too forced, these guys do feel like best buds who rely on each other to stay real as they ride the wave of success. So even if you're not a big fan of 1D's brand of pop music, there's a lot to enjoy in this harmless "all-access" concert doc. With its fun songs, well-shot footage, and backstage band antics, it's at least worth a watch for any big fan.