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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (3D) (U)

The critical consensus

Zero stars unless you are 12, in which case... *****

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 15/02/2011

Squeaky clean fun for the youngsters in the family. Everyone else hide.

**(*)(*)(*)Simon Crook, Empire Online, 16/02/2011

In fact the movie, though saccharine-sweet and over-long (105 minutes) does offer odd moments of useful insight into the 16-year-old boy who is not only the most Googled person on the planet but also has a website called Lesbians who Look Like Justin Bieber entirely dedicated to him.

***(*)(*)Sarah Crompton, The Telegraph, 16/02/2011

It neglects to speak to the superstar himself, meaning we’re none the wiser as to what it’s like to be Justin Bieber, whether elated by success or tired and in danger of losing his voice. And it begs a question: has he, like Madonna said of Michael Jackson, missed out on his childhood?

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The Herald, 17/02/2011

The infant phenomenon in 3D but with no great depth.

***(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 18/02/2011

The flick-haired teen sensation gets his very own movie with this promotional piece - sorry, documentary - highlighting his 2010 tour.

**(*)(*)(*)Daily Record, 18/02/2011

Efficiently made (SpiceWorld this is not), this tour documentary succeeds in casting Biebermania as the most significant cultural shift since the combustion engine, but real insights into celebrity are predictably absent.

**(*)(*)(*)Ellen E Jones, Total Film, 18/02/2011

If his music weren't so bland this kid could be a genius.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 18/02/2011

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.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 17/02/2011

In two years the swooning tweenies on screen and in the audience will feel embarrassed about their reactions; anybody else going should take ear plugs for the shrieky bits.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Scotsman, 19/02/2011

Never Say Never isn't in the same league as The Social Network or even Catfish, but in documenting the power of the internet, it does have something to say.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 20/02/2011

An unimaginative concert movie.

Philip French, The Observer, 20/02/2011

Features about Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (3D) (U)

Justin Bieber launches Never Say Never film in UK

BBC, 17/02/2011

Justin Bieber's Never Say Never: now I'm a Belieber (nearly)

Joseph Harker, The Guardian, 17/02/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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