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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

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64

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 37

As a tour documentary, it's rather uninspired -- but as a 3D glimpse of a building pop culture phenomenon, Never Say Never is undeniably entertaining.

55

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 13

As a tour documentary, it's rather uninspired -- but as a 3D glimpse of a building pop culture phenomenon, Never Say Never is undeniably entertaining.

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65

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 61,740

My Rating

Movie Info

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is the inspiring true story and rare inside look at the rise of Justin from street performer in the small town of Stratford, Ontario to internet phenomenon to global super star culminating with a dream sold out show at the famed Madison Square Garden in 3-D. -- (C) Paramount

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Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts

May 13, 2011

$73.0M

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All Critics (105) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (37) | DVD (2)

It has come to this: parents who have recorded their children's lives since infancy can see their home films edited into their child's very own 3-D concert documentary.

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
New Yorker
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I find him such a bland, pious, profoundly unthreatening little Furby of a pop idol, but little girls' celebrity crushes are not to be trifled with. And this sensationally engineered promo film makes Justin Bieber look like a true force of nature.

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (5)
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie remains so sanitized, so authorized that it never gives us credit for being able to make up our own minds about him and what he represents.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (44)
Newark Star-Ledger
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Bieber's unquestionably gifted, and if he's smart enough to listen to the grounded, talented folk around him, there's every reason to hope that he'll turn out to be just fine when he grows up.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: CNN.com | Comments (2)
CNN.com
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The movie is cunningly woven to show the tension between his insane success and his determination to remain a sane, normal 16-year-old.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
NPR
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Part biopic, part concert film and all crowd pleaser, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is a big, glossy celebration of the musical phenom that knows exactly what it needs to do to send its target audience of 'tween girls into a tizzy of giddy screams.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Associated Press | Comments (2)
Associated Press
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A light-hearted and fun look at the life and achievements of the young superstar.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Something strictly for those stricken with Bieber Fever.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A fun, feelgood way to spend a couple of hours, and actually has an inspiring message of what might happen if you follow your dreams.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Currently I am disinterested in his music, but once he ages and is forced to start expanding on his talents, I think we might see something interesting.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

...the thing it documents best is how music producers and press agents market a product.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Though billed as a 3D film, it only applies to the concert footage, though it's difficult to imagine any of his fans complaining.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Just turning the camera on gives us a sense of the madness surrounding Bieber, who seems to have risen faster than anyone in pop music history.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (4)
Sydney Morning Herald

In spite of its airy brief as a panting PR puff piece, this engaging concert-doco takes a semi-revealing splash inside the fishbowl through which its subject sees the world.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

It's a mass-marketing effort sure, but a surprisingly entertaining one.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

If you are at all curious about Justin Bieber the phenomenon, Never Say Never is a fascinating, eye opening and eerily emotive film.

April 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comment (1)
Sydney Morning Herald

Justin Bieber's story is that of a regular kid who is living his dream. Rest assured, it is no small dream to be the headliner at New York's prestigious Madison Square Gardens, taking just 22 minutes to sell out

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Ultimately, the film is for the fans and they'll find plenty to love here. If you're not a fan, it's going to be painful.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia) | Comment (1)
FILMINK (Australia)

We are introduced to the alchemists who looked at a talented little kid, saw dollar signs, and turned him into pure gold. Somehow, director Jon Chu is able to make their success not seem exploitative.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

If you were wondering what the fuss is all about, check out this high energy 3D concert film which documents how Justin Bieber, the teen singing phenomenon, has rocketed to superstardom through social media.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's 50% concert film and 50% hagiographic promotional video and 0% documentary. But that doesn't mean it's not a reasonably interesting look at how the ridiculously busted music industry functions.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comment (1)
Movies.com

I have to admit I like him, enjoy his music and, more than that, I enjoyed watching his fans in 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.'

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

A marketmentary trying to be canny but coming off canned. The one truth slipping out of this 105-minute ad is that, at this stratospheric level of social-networked stardom, the star and his entourage float along in a bubble of total self-delusion.

March 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

I think this movie is creepy.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies | Comments (17)

A blatant promotional and marketing tool, it's a curiously sanitized, if sycophantic documentary, examining the Bieber phenomenon from a bland, 'authorized' viewpoint.

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Comments (3)
SSG Syndicate

Basically an unimaginative concert movie about the days leading up to the 16-year-old Justin Bieber's appearance at New York's Madison Square Garden...

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Audience Reviews for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

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January 23, 2012
axadntpron
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

I have no problem with Bieber and his music and I thought that this movie was pretty decent for a concert tour/documentary.
September 17, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

The music industry has drastically changed. Every song talks about partying hard, booze, and hooking up with chicks and is all smothered in Auto-Tune. That just proves that people can't sing anymore Good music is dead and artists like Adelle and Mumford & Sons want to bring that good age of music back. Sadly, everyone loves this Young Money, Ke$ha, and Pitbull trash. However, they all seem bash Justin Bieber as if he was Hitler. He is a 17 year old kid from Canada who posted his singing work on Youtube. This then gets the attention of Scooter Braun, Usher, and soon the world. This documentary tells his story.

The film features Step Up director, John Chu, and his camera crew as they follow Bieber on the ten days leading up to his monumental Madison Square Garden concert in NYC. We get a look at his family, early gigs, his Youtube videos, celebrities' reactions to him, and almost everything you want to know about this prodigy among tweens in 90 minutes.

The film is literally every Bieber fan's dream. We get glimpses of his infancy, toddler years, and what girls faint at: a shirtless Justin Bieber. Every other girl on your block may know about this kid. I'll admit that I do have one of his songs on my iPod. But many people just hate this dude. People trash this film on IMDB and give it a 1.4/10. I've read many cold things on the film here on RT. The funniest was, "Save yourself $14 by going to Wikipedia". This film could change the way you look at this kid. He works his backside off and never says "never". Anyone who pans this film are unemployed losers who still live with their parents. I'm just guessing.

This is a well-put together documentary. Paramount wanted to make the haters "beliebers" as the kids say. The clips used we'll surprise you on how diligent this kid is. Trust me. He sounds much better acoustic. I don't get psyched about documentaries but this does deserve a 70% in my opinion. Its well put together and could inspire. Watch this if you:

-Want to know more about Bieber
-Are a kid who wants to get into the music industry but feels hopeless about doing it
-Wants to boost self-esteem

Justin Bieber is just another kid who wants to follow his dreams. I've heard better (Aretha Franklin) and I've heard worse (Rebecca Black). I still respect this kid even though I don't obsess over him. If you don't like this kid, thats okay with me. Just don't bully him on Youtube and Facebook and call him "gay" and "untalented" and pushing dislike buttons 4200 infinity times. That is called cyber-bullying and you don't want to end up like Jessie Slaughter. This is still a good quality film. The only disadvantage is that we get a lot of looks at his creepy overly-devoted fans. I'll never be one of those. Please respect my opinion. Thank you.

"ATL, shawty!"

Please access this link:
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July 10, 2011
Movie Monster
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

Involuntarily fascinating for the life of extreme fame, with a hypocrite message of hope and, at the center, a star whose unbelievable life overcomes the interest we could have in this pretencious boy who will grow up as an asshole. This documentary is interesting in a way, but I can't give any credit to it, for it's all about the surface of Bieber's life, trying to hide the inconvinients of such a life. But it's when you can manage to see these ugly faces of stardom that this piece of money-grabbing opportunist film becomes fascinating.
February 18, 2011
emilebond007

Super Reviewer

    1. Justin Bieber: There's gonna be times in your life when people tell you that you cant do something, this is what I tell them, Never say never.
    – Submitted by Norhan R (10 months ago)
    1. Scrappy Stassen: Justin is..uh.. a pleasure to work with... most of the time.
    – Submitted by Kacey F (2 years ago)
    1. Justin Bieber: There's gonna be times when people tell you that you can't live your dreams, this is what I tell them, Never say never.
    – Submitted by Joannee H (3 years ago)
    1. Himself: There's gonna be times in your life when people tell you that you cant do something.
    – Submitted by Steph M (3 years ago)
    1. Himself: Never say never.
    – Submitted by Cassie J (3 years ago)
    1. Himself: Can We Get Some Chicken Nuggets ? and Who Wants To Be My Baby ?!
    – Submitted by Chantelle H (3 years ago)
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