Justin Bieber: A Vague Presence in His Own Origin-Myth Doc

More bangs for the buck: Justin Bieber reaches out.
Paramount Pictures
More bangs for the buck: Justin Bieber reaches out.

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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Paramount Pictures
Opens February 11

The Bieber movie, a concert experience and origin-myth documentary, is not good—not that it needs to be. It is draggily paced and lacks felicity of form; the 3-D is a rip-off and the songs are pap, save a snippet of Etta James singing “At Last” while Bieber’s glossy fringe sways in slow-motion. The buildup to a Madison Square Garden climax-concert roughly structures Never Say Never; a throat infection creates the threat of cancellation, before “Get well” Tweets reinforce Bieber’s rededication to showbiz grind and “u,” the fans. Interspersed is a retelling of Bieber’s journey, from small-town boy in Stratford, Ontario, to the outbreak of Bieber Fever. A convincing case is made that the YouTube phenom was a talented kid with a knack for sponging up Top 20 radio styles when promoter “Scooter” Braun discovered him. From there, the movie admiringly details the stoking of a phenomenon by Braun and Team Bieber; ennobling marketing hustle, JB: NSN is A Hard Day’s Night half devoted to Brian Epstein. There’s no scrimping on the Bieber here—we see him serenading onstage, shirtless in the dressing room, in home videos, and in “candid” hometown visits—but he’s a curiously vague presence, obscured in the shadow of this monument to his brand.

 
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Jon
Jon

im still shocked that HIS life was made into a movie i mean come on! wheres the movie about Robin thicke's life he has the real talent, or jesse mccarteny? he started out as a teen too, but he wasnt a flaming queer, alot of his songs were actually good and guys and girls can listen to it. the fucks wrong with the world?

Sarah Young
Sarah Young

I have seen this movie 5 times now and love it more each time. It is inspiring to see a young man rise above the challenges he faces daily and come out a better person. The reason you all hate @justinbieber is because you wish you had the courage to go after your dreams like he is going after his. If you don't have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut and your fingers still

Guest
Guest

Finally a critic willing to voice his opinion, and state the truth about this sorry excuse for cinema. This film is absolute drek, the only people I see defending this are rabid fans of this artist. Such people need to understand it is the film itself being reviewed to an audience of average people, not teenage fan-girls. If you are not a fan of his and want to watch this film for pure documentary purposes or entertainment, then you will hate this film and realize it is a quick cash in on the fame of this artist and another nail in the coffin of good cinema.

guest
guest

i disagree with you. youre obviously an adult and dont appreciate what justin beiber does enough to have actually payed attention to the movie. if you did then you have no clue what your talking about. obviously you dont understand how much young people love him and you dont get how amazing the 3 D experience was. It was like you were actually in one of his concerts. It was nice to see that he started out in a family just like everybody elses. He had family issues and it was nice to see that he was able to deal with them like any other person. If i had 4 thiumbs i would put them all up for this movie. It was amazing and a great experience for all those that have never been able to attend one of his concerts and those that want to know more about him. youre wrong. Sorry. I loved it <3

Fred Hutches
Fred Hutches

to be honest, i was directed here from a metacritic review. the style in which this dumbshit writes makes me want to pour gasoline on a sock and stuff it in my mouth, just so i can be in less pain than when I'm reading this pseudo artsy, turds writings.

"lacks felicity of form" ? what trash bag says that? good job on thesaurus.com you arrogant, aerosol spraying after you take a shit, pathetic excuse for a man.

Gagirlgolfer
Gagirlgolfer

I disagree. It doesn't even sound like you watched the movie. How can a movie called Never Say Never, about a boy from a small town, getting to MSG in ONE year be "bad"? I don't think you even watched the movie. It was so amazing and Justin and his team did a great job! <3

hannah24 le
hannah24 le

Ahah, this review is whack as fuck. (:Justin Bieber is INCREDIBLE and you haterz are obviously JEALOUS.

globalwarmingmyass
globalwarmingmyass

When this 14 year old lesbian look a like hits puberty he's fucked.

Morgan Stack
Morgan Stack

Beautiful. Nothing sweeter than when an annoying sensation bombs.

Gyro
Gyro

Fuck this shit… JB is gay.

Straightner
Straightner

You look like a cross between elton john and yoda you ugly bitch. No one's hating on anyone simpley stating the movie has no redeeming social value and instill in the youth that they are stupid, mentally challenged, and should root for a hermaphrodite.

straightner
straightner

And your obviously a stupid little girl who had her first orgasam to an alien white female pasty yogurt looking creature. If I was your brother I would have smacked the shit out of you.

tinderhorn
tinderhorn

I hope you get to read this response again when you are 30 and that you have the good grace at that time to laugh at yourself.

Straightner
Straightner

I had a better time watching Deliverance, and anything can be terrible. Just look at your taste in movies.

guest
guest

Just because the movie is about, and I quote "A boy form a small town, getting to MSG in ONE year" has no relevance to the quality of the movie. I could write a movie about babies and puppies but that doesn't mean it will be a good movie.

In all probability you are fan girl who will defend Justin by simply saying he is "amazing" and that we are "hating." But the fact of the matter is that he appeals primarily to the 10-17 year old female group. A group which also popularized NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. So while you may say his is amazing the plan fact is that his music is substandard and he is only popular b/c young girl are infatuated by him.

You're a Half-Wit
You're a Half-Wit

I'm sorry about your mental retardation. :(

OH, and Hitler was a pretty popular guy in his day, but look at what he did...yeah. Popular things can definitely be bad. I feel bad, though, that everyone keeps saying Justin is a guy; that poor dear. It's not her fault she's ugly and has a boy's name!

Straightner
Straightner

Did anyone tell you that you look a whole lot like Mr. Roper from Three's Company?

alex
alex

i agree, im not that big a fan but i show the guy some respect non like all the jerks out there.

You're a Half-Wit, too
You're a Half-Wit, too

Hun, I don't think you know what "jealous" means. No one could ever be jealous of her - she's ugly and can't sing for shit.

Joe
Joe

"Ahah, my penis is whack as fuck. Justin Bieber is INCREDIBLY shit and I'm JEALOUS of her vagina."Fix'd.

El
El

Oh, sorry, didn't know that just because someone doesn't enjoy canned pop music and the singing of a boy who's balls haven't dropped yet makes us "haterz." Learn to spell, we're not in third grade here.

Justin Bieber Sucks Dick
Justin Bieber Sucks Dick

Bitch you're just mad that you're lesbian lover is untalented and doesn't come close to deserving amovie.

Joe
Joe

Justin Bieber: "I thought I was black, now I know I'm white... puberty, puberty... PUBERTY FUCKED ME"

Usher Ludacris
Usher Ludacris

Yeah he sucked my dick, the little white boy can give good head.

alex
alex

well you can go and shove it!!!!

Straightner
Straightner

This review makes perfect sense, sir you are a cocksucker and partake in the bobbing of much penis.

alex
alex

your gay. haha....... im not kidding

guest
guest

I wish I had the courage to go after my dreams. LOL. Reality check. There are millions of people who go after their dreams in this country. Singers, bands, graphic designers, etc etc etc. They fail and they fail and they fail until they run themselves into debt. And they try again but continue to fail...and eventually have to redefine themself. Beiber was just the one record execs said yes to. I'm happy for his success, but the whole notion of "you can do anything if you have a dream and work hard" is an outdated, naieve notion. You can't be a brain surgeon at 85. You can't be a U.S. president with down syndrome.

GrammraNazi
GrammraNazi

Hah, I heard him live, because my little BROTHER *twitchtwitchtwitch* was listening to it through the speakers. He has 1. no actual good singing voice 2. he doesnt even write his own lyrics 3. the songs he does write suck even more than suckage.

._. Yes I did some research on this little gril/boy and all was one big disappoint. His fame will fade.

guest
guest

youre a dick. his voice really isnt that high. te studios autotone his voice so that his music sounds the way they want it too. His voice is actually quite deep and very beutiful.

Straightner
Straightner

Alex are you a faggot? I just had to ask cus you seem like you put semen in your salad instead of dressing.

guest
guest

i appreciate that you have enough balls to respect him thank you very much for saying what everyone else is afraid to say

alex
alex

well how about you go and get some balls cuz you sure as heck don't have any.

Joe
Joe

Justin Bieber still is in third grade...

alex
alex

no your just mad your not him cuz your not as nearly as manly as he is. :)

Faridforward
Faridforward

Faggooot!!!! you scared me for a moment, thought you might have become straight and stopped saying words like heck, and shove it. Maybe by the time your 42 you'll figure out what a vagina is.

Straightner
Straightner

Wow, Alex did you just say the word gay?? I'm telling your mother Alex, and I'm telling Jesus, he's gonna be mad at you. You better confess to your priest Alex or telling him to keep raping you.

Guest
Guest

I didn't even know who this person was until I saw a trailer of this movie last year.

Straightner
Straightner

You are one dumb ass retarded honky, next time you want to be a racist, learn to spell your words of hate correctly. At this rate you wouldn't even be able to be part of the Hitler youth, stupid faggot.

Straightner
Straightner

His voice isn't that high? He's like Mike Tyson on helium and that's me being generous. bottom line that drinks semen.

guest
guest

Exactly. His producers are selling him to young girls who know nothing and like him because he is cute. Just like what Disney did to Jonas Brothers but this is worst Justin Niger's mom and manager is a bigger jew.

Straightner
Straightner

Hey it's you again!!! Suck any dick lately faggot? Heck? it's fuckin hell not heck queer. Hahahahaha yous dads a faggot.

 

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