Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Reviews

  • Justin Bieber: Never Say Never may be the concert film as glorified promotional product, but it captures a genuine youthquake.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • At 105 minutes it's exhausting, even though it has been expertly cut together.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • That Never doesn't work as a biopic isn't a surprise. Bieber's too young to paint a picture with much context.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • "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.

    David Malitz — Washington Post

  • It's vaguely like the fascinating Michael Jackson performance documentary, "This Is It.''

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • [Bieber is] the perfect first crush, and this is the perfect movie for someone currently experiencing that crush.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A sweetly entertaining, canny celebration of the pop heartthrob du jour.

    Jon Bream — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • An interminable documentary punctuated by perhaps half an hour of heavily edited 3-D performance footage.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • "Never Say Never" is about as revealing as a Canadian snowmobile suit.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • 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.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • 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.

    James Adams — Globe and Mail

  • An undeniably engaging musical portrait that delivers major bangs for the buck.

    Michael Rechtshaffen — Hollywood Reporter

  • 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.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

  • (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never movie review at TIME Magazine)

    Belinda Luscombe — TIME Magazine

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