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Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

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One morning, a television set broke down in a living room in Gary, Indiana, leaving a large family of children with nothing to do, so they started singing. Soon the family was singing at talent shows and winning trophies. Their first four recorded songs would top the charts, and launch the career of one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. Journey from Motown to Off the Wall allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS records, and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones. An illuminated portrait emerges of how an earnest, passionate, hard-working boy would become the "King of Pop".

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Critic Reviews for Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

Of course Jackson isn't here to discuss matters for himself, and Lee's documentary is, ultimately, enjoyably nostalgic, but says little more than what we already know.

March 2, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This bouncily entertaining doc may boast only a notch more formal ambition than a very well-assembled "Behind the Music" special, but is no less essential than Lee's first MJ opus, the excellent "Bad 25."

February 5, 2016 | Full Review…
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Lee keeps his celebration smart and not soppy. He gets you excited, makes you feel the moment, see what was new in it, why it mattered.

February 5, 2016 | Full Review…

He's made a fan's film, and he's happy to let us know it, shouting out questions from behind the camera and cackling loudly when he particularly likes an answer.

February 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Spike Lee's follow-up to Bad 25 shines a light on the King of Pop's indisputable talents, but is otherwise alarmingly lightweight.

January 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This is mainly a doc of talking heads, but when they have the faces of Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, producers Mark Ronson and Rodney Jerkins, film director Lee Daniels and Michael Jackson's own mother, it's spellbinding.

January 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall

A great documentary on one of the best pop albums in history. Spike Lee shows us and reminds me how much of a genius Michael Jackson was. Great to watch.

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