'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   108 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Justin Bieber: Never Say Never may be the concert film as glorified promotional product, but it captures a genuine youthquake.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mike Hale New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    At 105 minutes it's exhausting, even though it has been expertly cut together.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    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...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 4 years ago
  • David Malitz Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    "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 » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    It's vaguely like the fascinating Michael Jackson performance documentary, "This Is It.''
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    [Bieber is] the perfect first crush, and this is the perfect movie for someone currently experiencing that crush.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    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 » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Jon Bream Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A sweetly entertaining, canny celebration of the pop heartthrob du jour.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    59
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    An interminable documentary punctuated by perhaps half an hour of heavily edited 3-D performance footage.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    "Never Say Never" is about as revealing as a Canadian snowmobile suit.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 4 years ago
  • James Adams Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An undeniably engaging musical portrait that delivers major bangs for the buck.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Belinda Luscombe TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Strictly as a piece of filmmaking, Never Say Never is a bit of a mess.
    Full Review » 4 years ago