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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Reviews

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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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 14, 2011
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 11, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
February 11, 2011
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.
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February 11, 2011
The movie is cunningly woven to show the tension between his insane success and his determination to remain a sane, normal 16-year-old.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 11, 2011
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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 11, 2011
An interminable documentary punctuated by perhaps half an hour of heavily edited 3-D performance footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 11, 2011
Never Say Never is a 3D concert film to delight the shy 13-year-old with braces that lives in all of us, but after a while the movie starts to feel like lethal injection by bubblegum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
February 11, 2011
Equal parts biopic, concert film and pep rally, the movie's 105 minutes do a good job of conveying the pleasures of pop, courtesy of the very real talents of Justin Bieber.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
February 11, 2011
What the movie lacks in genuine insight it makes up for in what fans really want: gazing shots at the Biebz whipping his hair back and forth.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Malitz
Washington Post
February 11, 2011
"Never Say Never" is sort of like the featured piece of a political nominating convention. It's a fluffy, mildly inspiring, celebration of the hero leading up to his big moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 10, 2011
Young fans will lose their minds, although that would have happened if the film consisted of an hour and 45 minutes of Bieber brushing his teeth. Adult chaperones who care nothing of the star's music will find the film surprisingly tolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
February 10, 2011
That Never doesn't work as a biopic isn't a surprise. Bieber's too young to paint a picture with much context.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 10, 2011
What the 3-D film lacks in cinematic charm and ingenuity is compensated for by its subject's high-wattage charisma and low-key earnestness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jon Bream
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 10, 2011
A sweetly entertaining, canny celebration of the pop heartthrob du jour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 10, 2011
[Bieber is] the perfect first crush, and this is the perfect movie for someone currently experiencing that crush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 10, 2011
Somebody on screen - you forget who all the adults are; they're not important - describes Bieber as "the Macaulay Culkin of music," which seems right, if a little sad.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 10, 2011
It's vaguely like the fascinating Michael Jackson performance documentary, "This Is It.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2011
Strictly as a piece of filmmaking, Never Say Never is a bit of a mess.
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 10, 2011
You don't know whether to damn Bieber and Chu for manipulating our emotions or praise them for trying to put some essence into this effervescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 9, 2011
An undeniably engaging musical portrait that delivers major bangs for the buck.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
February 9, 2011
Though anyone who needs convincing won't touch this one with a 10-foot pole, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never makes a persuasive case for its titular star as a far more talented-than-usual teen idol.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 9, 2011
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never may be the concert film as glorified promotional product, but it captures a genuine youthquake.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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.