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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

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

Movie G 2011 105 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 25 parent reviews

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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 but who cares? Justin is a good role model for young boys and a good crush for young girls 2 thumbs up!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (134 ):

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.

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