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One Direction's 'This Is Us' reviews: What the critics are saying

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After last week's relentless hype and ear-shattering world premiere, Morgan Spurlock's documentary One Direction: This Is Us opens in cinemas today (August 29).

The band's passionate fanbase will guarantee that box office registers ring, but what do the film critics have to say about the 3D film? Digital Spy rounds up all the latest reviews below...


> Digital Spy reviews One Direction: This Is Us: 'This is not a film, it's propaganda'

Anna Smith - Empire
"Morgan Spurlock's 3D documentary on the British boyband works both as a concert film for fans and - to a lesser extent - an insight into the phenomenon of their fame."


Matthew Leyland - Total Film
"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."

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Robbie Collin - The Telegraph
"But just imagine what a One Direction version of The Last Waltz might have looked like - or what Danny Boyle could have done with these five, given a semi-respectable budget and a brief from Cowell to make 'the new A Hard Day's Night'. The money would roll in regardless, so why not have fun too?"

Cath Clarke - Time Out
"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 (girlfriends or boyfriends or whatever, have been airbrushed out entirely)."

Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
"A slick, airbrushed promo reel of a bunch of genuinely sweet superstars who can't believe their dumb luck. That's charming. But it's also a little boring. What it's most definitely not is a documentary."

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