Michael Jackson in This Is ItThe reviews are in for the new Michael Jackson concert rehearsal documentary 'This Is It,' which debuted to sold-out midnight screenings this morning. And, while critics' assessments range from absolutely fawning to a bit lukewarm, there seems to be a consensus on one thing: Had the King of Pop lived to launch his 'This Is It' tour in London this fall, the shows would have been worth every penny ... and MJ likely would have staged one of the most epic and glorious comebacks in music history. See what critics are saying below, then tell us what you think. Michael Jackson in This Is ItThe reviews are in for the new Michael Jackson concert rehearsal documentary 'This Is It,' which debuted to sold-out midnight screenings this morning. And, while critics' assessments range from absolutely fawning to a bit lukewarm, there seems to be a consensus on one thing: Had the King of Pop lived to launch his 'This Is It' tour in London this fall, the shows would have been worth every penny ... and MJ likely would have staged one of the most epic and glorious comebacks in music history. See what critics are saying below, then tell us what you think.

Roger Ebert: "It's a portrait of Michael Jackson that belies all the rumors that he would have been too weak to tour. That shows not the slightest trace of a spoiled prima donna. That benefits from the limited number of cameras by allowing us to experience his work in something closer to realistic time, instead of fracturing it into quick cuts. That provides both a good idea of what the final concert would have looked like, and a portrait of the artist at work."

The Hollywood Reporter: "Looks like the world has missed one helluva concert. Whatever cynicism one might harbor about this Hail Mary piece of cinema -- which can be called the first concert rehearsal movie ever -- what this strange yet strangely beguiling film does is capture one of pop culture's great entertainers in the feverish grips of pure creativity."

Variety: "Had Michael Jackson's series of concerts at London's O2 Arena gone off as planned earlier this summer, it would have almost certainly signaled one of the most dramatic comebacks in pop music history. The rehearsal footage on display in 'Michael Jackson's This Is It' is evidence enough to draw that conclusion, providing a solid basis to imagine the final product while also giving a heretofore unseen glimpse of the star's creative process -- and the latter is both the film's greatest strength and its most troubling element."

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USA Today: "If 'This Is It' doesn't miraculously restore the middle-aged Jackson to his past glory, it at least offers glimpses of his bygone greatness, and poignant suggestions of what might have been."

Entertainment Weekly: "'This Is It' is fun, but it's a slightly airless experience. If the movie allows you to bask in Michael Jackson's aura, it also uses his image to foster "nostalgia" for a concert epiphany that never quite was. Maybe it was Michael's destiny to leave us all wanting more. Would those concerts have returned him to his magical pedestal? We'll never know the answer, of course. But watching this movie, at least we get a feel of it."

L.A. Times: "Differing greatly from the rough, casual mood of many behind-the-scenes pop docs, this one is instead of a piece with Jackson's body of work: dazzling and strange, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. As a tragic teaser for the shows that might have been, 'This Is It' hurts. If Jackson had been able to perform as he frequently does during these scenes, he would have accomplished the comeback for which he was so hungry."

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