Justin Bieber: Never Say Never - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Reviews

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Grae Drake
May 13, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Tumas
Slant Magazine
February 16, 2011
Why Justin Beiber and not the thousands of others on the Internet doing basically the same thing?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News
February 10, 2011
No one is looking for a hard-hitting expose on Bieber's life, but it would be nice to at least hear the guy speak.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
February 22, 2011
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.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
February 23, 2011
I think this movie is creepy.
Josh Forward
FILMINK (Australia)
April 5, 2011
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 10, 2011
"Never Say Never" is about as revealing as a Canadian snowmobile suit.
| Original Score: 2/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
February 18, 2011
There are few insights into his pressured existence and none into his creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
February 10, 2011
At 105 minutes it's exhausting, even though it has been expertly cut together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
February 10, 2011
The degree of hero-making in effect is unintentionally hilarious -- much of [it] plays like a campaign ad, or a career-highlights montage you'd see for someone's retirement
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
February 9, 2011
Its insistence on furthering the Bieber brand makes the movie feel more like a well-honed presidential campaign than an insightful look into the teen sensation.
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Genevieve Koski
AV Club
February 10, 2011
The film's premise-that Bieber achieved his superstardom through years of hard work overcoming towering obstacles-is so ludicrously flawed that everything built upon it borders on self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Bill Gibron
February 10, 2011
a calculated big screen infomercial
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
February 10, 2011
With talent, drive, and 75 dubious handlers who stand to profit wildly from success, anyone can be a star. You just have to follow your heart. Or something like that.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 8, 2011
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.
Cole Smithey
February 18, 2011
It's a given that Justin Bieber's millions of prepubescent girl fans are ill-equipped arbiters of taste. So it goes that this faux documentary is nothing more or less than a 105 minute marketing campaign for the latest teenybopper flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 8, 2011
There's no scrimping on the Bieber here, but he's a curiously vague presence, obscured in the shadow of this monument to his brand.
Ellen E Jones
Total Film
February 18, 2011
Grown-ups will still struggle not to picture a post-puberty sequel featuring DUIs and rehab trips.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erik Childress
February 12, 2011
If Never Say Never was merely just a gigantic commercial for the fans, it would be easy to dismiss especially as the cult of Bieber begins to fade with age. But this is an infomercial for the lottery mentality we have in this country.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 22, 2011
A blatant promotional and marketing tool, it's a curiously sanitized, if sycophantic documentary, examining the Bieber phenomenon from a bland, 'authorized' viewpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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