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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Never works as a gum-snapper concert movie and does provide a glimpse into instant stardom in the Twitter generation.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    It generally succeeds, too, thanks to a visually energetic approach by director Jon Chu that keeps all the obligatory backstage/onstage bits moving fluidly.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Compelling docu about a young star's rise to the top.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 3-D documentary about pop star Justin Bieber will be a must-see for his scores of tween and teen fans, who will love the footage from Bieber's early life, as well as the energetic concert scenes shot during a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. With no iffy sex, violence, or language content to speak of, the film is surprisingly inspirational -- even those who aren't already Bieber fans are likely to walk away respecting not just his talent, but also his work ethic and family relationships. Just be ready for loads of enthusiastic screaming from young audience members (and maybe from a few grown-up fans, too).

  • Families can talk about how Bieber is viewed by his fans -- and portrayed by the media. What is his image? Does this film reinforce that image?
  • Do you consider Bieber a role model? If so, does he have responsibilities to his fans?
  • How is this film similar to, or different from, other concert documentaries?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: The film is intended to entertain rather than educate.

  • message true3

    Messages: Got a dream? Then keep persevering and honing your craft, because good things come to those who work hard. Also, don't ever forget where you come from, and be grateful.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Talent is just part (albeit a big part) of Bieber's success. Hard work and dogged perseverance also play big roles, and it's clear he takes his career seriously while also valuing his family. He's sometimes stubborn, but ultimately he comes across as a really grounded teen.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Not applicable

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not applicable

  • language false1

    Language: Infrequent use of words like "knucklehead" and "oh my God" (as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A fair amount of labels are shown or name-dropped, including Korg, Super Mario, and McDonald's. And, of course, the film promotes Justin Bieber, the brand.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable