Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Critics Consensus

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping updates the rock mockumentary for the 21st century mainstream -- and hits many of its low-hanging targets with side-splitting impact.



Total Count: 166


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Universal Pictures' Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he's no longer the dopest star of all. The latest comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) co-stars Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph and many of the biggest names in comedy and music in cameo performances. Co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone and written by The Lonely Island trio, POPSTAR is also produced by Rodney Rothman (producer of Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; co-writer of 22 Jump Street), as well as Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone.


Maya Rudolph
as Deborah
Chris Redd
as Hunter
Evan Fine
as 10-Year-Old Conner
Maxwell Jenkins
as 10-Year-Old Owen
Elliott Smith
as 10-Year-Old Lawrence
as Himself
50 Cent
as Himself
Nicholas Azarian
as Quirky Kid
Ringo Starr
as Himself
Simon Cowell
as Himself
as Himself
Mariah Carey
as Herself
Adam Levine
as Himself
Ashley Moore
as Sarah (Personal Assistant)
Danny Strong
as Perspective Manipulator
as Herself
Big Boy
as Himself
DJ Khaled
as Himself
ASAP Rocky
as Himself
Kevin Nealon
as Gary Sikes (Label Photographer)
Mario López
as Himself
Patricia Schaffer
as Upset Homeowner
James Hegarty
as Angry Appliance Fan
Walker William Borba
as Angry Vlogger
Will Arnett
as Main CMZ Reporter
Chelsea Peretti
as Brunette CMZ Reporter
Mike Birbiglia
as Blonde CMZ Reporter
Eric André
as Dreadlocked CMZ Reporter
Joanna Newsom
as Steam Punk Doctor
Jonah Goldstein
as Steam Punk Doctor
Andre Hyland
as Lame Ass Dude
Mike Winfield
as Hunter's DJ/Hypeman
Danger Mouse
as Himself
as Himself
Chester Tam
as Club DJ
as Himself
as Himself
Paul Scheer
as Wolf Handler
Adrien Finkel
as Angry Fan
Ben Newell
as Angry Fan
Joy Lanceta
as Angry Fan
Jimmy Fallon
as Himself
Win Butler
as Himself
Derek Mears
as Limo Driver
Martin Sheen
as Himself
Will Forte
as Bagpipe Player
Marielle Heller
as Documentary Crew Member
Snoop Dogg
as Himself
Ithamar Enriquez
as Stage Manager
Liz Cackowski
as Poppies Producer
Weird Al Yankovic
as Hammerleg Lead Singer
Damon Bryson
as The Roots
James Poyser
as The Roots
James Poyser
as The Roots
Mark Kelley
as The Roots
Tariq Trotter
as The Roots
Frank Walker
as The Roots
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Critic Reviews for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (130) | Rotten (36)

  • It's not as funny as Spinal Tap (which film is?), but there are still a fistful of laugh-out-loud moments.

    Oct 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This comedy's not exactly groundbreaking, and all the celeb cameos are a bit of a comedy humblebrag, but there are some reasonably sized laughs here ...

    Aug 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • When the biggest laugh of your entire movie is a Ringo Starr ad-lib, you know it's time to go back and hit that drawing board real hard.

    Aug 23, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Made with good cheer, it's consistently funny and never overstays its welcome.

    Jun 11, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • It quickly becomes evident that this expensive-looking feature is an overextended Saturday Night Live digital short that would have worked better on the small screen.

    Jun 9, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It turns out rising from fame and falling from it make for equally good material.

    Jun 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

  • Aug 16, 2017
    Probably one of the funniest movies I have seen in years, Popstar is an obnoxious, but obnoxiously lovable mockumentary from Sandberg and one that is genuine in its frivolous nature. Chock full of brilliant cameos and hilarious musical interludes, Popstar satirizes the music industry while delivering the guffaws often lacking from today's mainstream comedies. Rating: 77
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2017
    A few giant laughs but not the comedy film it should've been. The talent was there to create a film that could've acted like a modern spinal tap film. Not without flaws, this could be another cult film over time, I was never a huge Spinal Tap fan until the 3rd showing on Tv. I'll revisit this film down the track sometime.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2017
    With lots of humor and celebrities showing up this film is an amazing watch from start to finish very entertaining.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2017
    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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