Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Compelling docu about a young star's rise to the top.
  • G
  • 2011
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 131 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

The film is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive 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.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

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


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjennessa c. April 12, 2018

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Parent of a 1, 5, 7, 11, and 13-year-old Written byCSMmom123 March 28, 2013

Justin Bieber Never Say Never

My second oldest daughter saw it when she was nine and she loved it I see no bad language/sexual themes/violence/or drugs.Yes he says oh my god a couple times b... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byKidz_Bop_Fan_100 November 5, 2019


Justin Bieber is my husband and he's going to sing to me when we get engaged. We're going to have kids that will sing very very good like how he does... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old March 30, 2021

Not for 7 year olds!!!

I do not think this is appropriate for 7 year olds, It is the biography of a KA - RAY - ZEE worldwide pop - star, and most of JB´s fan base, is a bunch of loves... Continue reading

What's the story?

JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER follows the mega pop star during the 10-day lead-up to his biggest performance: a sold-out show in Madison Square Garden. As viewers see him hit other cities on his way to Manhattan, we meet his parents and grandparents, childhood friends, teachers, manager, vocal coach, bodyguard, tour manager, road manager, and various other members of his entourage. Audiences also watch Bieber grow up on screen, thanks to family videos.

Is it any good?

Surprisingly affecting in places, the movie reveals a young man who's willing to work hard and also stays grateful for the successes he's achieved in his young life. The home videos are especially crowd pleasing and include family moments that die-hard fans will appreciate. The film's narrative is emotionally rewarding for viewers, especially those who want to savor one song after another. Musical numbers are choreographed and shot well and even allowed to play to completion, without too many frustrating cuts. What's less satisfying is that we don't really hear much from Bieber himself. A boy with so many talents should be allowed to recount his own journey, and that would have given the film much more depth. And one other quibble: The 3-D bits feel unnecessary and gimmicky, a decision that seems to have been driven more by commerce than artistry. But, all of that said, Bieber's many fans, young and old(er), are sure to enjoy this look into his life.

Pretty much anyone who deals with tweens and teens -- teachers, parents, pediatricians, etc. -- knows who Justin Bieber is: the YouTube-to-riches singer/star who's taken the world by storm with his overswept hair, sincere voice, wicked dance steps, and astonishing facility with various musical instruments (piano, guitar, drums, the djembe). Never Say Never cements that mythology, and then some.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

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