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75
Some of the film's most memorable moments involve Niall and Liam looking down on oceans of screaming devotees in the street, and controlling their cheers like orchestra conductors.
75
The true strength of Spurlock's documentary is how he showcases the behind-the-scenes, off-stage personalities of the One Direction boys.
63
It's misleading to call this a documentary - fan fodder is more like it.
60
The filmmakers' intent to depict them as “normal guys” mostly succeeds, primarily due to their not inconsiderable charm.
60
What's the opposite of warts-n-all? 'No warts' doesn't even begin to describe Morgan Spurlock's fly-on-the-wall film about One Direction. No warts, no acne - there's not even a pimple on the butt of this on-tour portrait of the reality-bred boy popsters.
60
1D in 3D: the closest thing to a Shine A Light for Directioners.
60
The director is known for visually quirky choices and offbeat interviews and asides. These techniques can be a mixed bag; sometimes they help lighten up a deadly serious segment, other times they seems silly. But it's distinctive, and “This Is Us” could have used more of it.
60
The most telling quotes in the new One Direction documentary “This Is Us” don't come from any member of the band. They come from their parents, who, at various times, carp about their kids' trajectory from the moment they were put together on “The X Factor” back in 2010.
60
Curveballs are rare in this pop-umentary on Earth's biggest boyband; but with lengthy gig clips, lots of cute mucking-about (segways, disguises, hiding in wheelie bins) and Harry's shirt off within the first 10 minutes, Directioners won't be disappointed.
50
The film's central fivesome prove charming pallbearers throughout the film, which alternates between inspired and insipid as it hits its hagiographic marks.
50
It's disappointing that Spurlock didn't have the access, the footage or the spine to depict any of the cynicism behind such creations.
50
Amounts to little more than a big, wet kiss to the group's worldwide legions of young, female fans.
50
Spurlock teases the baby sitter contingent with a brief scene where a scientist discusses the neuro-chemical appeal of pop music, but thereafter the film is aimed squarely at face-value fans of the Pre-Fab Five.
50
No personal revelations surface in “This Is Us.” Also, no narrative, no conflict - no differentiation between band members, even, besides the designation of dark-eyed Zayn as “the mysterious one” (he likes to paint).
50
Someday, we may get the true story of One Direction behind the scenes, full of fears and fights, egos and eccentricities. But today is not that day, and Spurlock is clearly not that storyteller.
40
Spurlock himself is nowhere to be seen, perhaps because the man in charge of this film is plainly Cowell himself, whose influence hangs over the picture like the smell of a leaky bin bag.
40
Even with all the SFX overlays, it's questionable whether any of this is entertaining enough to sustain even a svelte 92-minute runtime, but Spurlock and the boys can't be faulted for holding back.
38
The problem is that the movie offers no way of differentiating between them beyond their hairstyles.
25
The 3-D 1D movie is aimless, seemingly deceptive and spreads a poor message: that it's OK to act extremely immature, as long as you have millions of blind followers who think it's cute.
20
Even calling the film a documentary feels deluded.

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