One Direction: This Is Us

  • PG
  • Morgan Spurlock (2013)
  • US
  • 88 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the teen pop sensation that won worldwide success after coming third in the X-Factor TV talent show. But despite having an Oscar-nominated award-winning documentary-maker calling the shots, it's a film that reveals little about the quintet their adoring fans won't already know. This is a typical and standard biography, full of clearly choreographed backstage japes, wide shots of thousands of screaming fans, and proud, weepy mums hugging their pin-up sons, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis and Harry. Interviews with "serious" music journalists and X Factor supremo Simon Cowell (who also produced the film) attempt to add gravitas by dissecting the group's phenomenal success. The role social media played in catapulting the boys to the top is interesting; ultimately though, it's the high-energy concert sequences that work best, giving a more tangible sense of the frenzy surrounding the band.

Plot Summary

Premiere. Documentary about the pop group, featuring concert footage alongside interviews with band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson in which they provide an insider's perspective on their rapid rise to fame. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and featuring contributions from Simon Cowell, Chris Rock and Martin Scorsese.

Cast and crew


Harry Styles
Harry Styles
Niall Horan
Niall Horan
Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik
Louis Tomlinson
Louis Tomlinson
Liam Payne
Liam Payne


Morgan Spurlock

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Some swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Aug 2013
Certificate PG