Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

2011

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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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Critic Reviews for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (30)

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...

Feb 22, 2011 | Full Review…
Guardian
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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.

Feb 22, 2011 | Full Review…

He's the moppet from another planet: I defy anyone to watch this docu-lite promotional tour video about Justin Bieber's live show (back when he was 16) and not be sort of impressed, if only at an anthropological level.

Feb 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 14, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 11, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4

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.

Feb 11, 2011 | Full Review…
CNN.com
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Reid Volk
Reid Volk

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½

I have no problem with Bieber and his music and I thought that this movie was pretty decent for a concert tour/documentary.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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½

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVLmC8Motfg

Bentley Lyles
Bentley Lyles

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½

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.

Emile Tremblay
Emile Tremblay

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