Critics have invariably scorned teen idols and their movies – dismissing their followers as mindless, squealing prepubescents. That is the case with most of the reviews of the Justin Bieber concert documentary ‘Never Say Never.’
“A G-rated infomercial for the Bieber brand” is the way Lou Lumenick describers it in the New York Post .
Peter Hartlaub in the San Francisco Chronicle predicts that young girls “will lose their minds” when watching the film “although that would have happened if the film consisted of an hour and 45 minutes of Bieber brushing his teeth.”
David Malitz concludes his review in the Washington Post by asking rhetorically, “Will the squealing teenage girls, the ones who profess unending love during pre-concert interviews and openly weep when he sings and gyrates onstage, stand by him even when his voice changes and a new sensation comes along with an even cooler haircut? It’s hard to say.”
Several critics, while reserving judgment on its star, do give the film passing marks. “Never works as a gum-snapper concert movie and does provide a glimpse into instant stardom in the Twitter generation,” writes Scott Bowles in USA Today. A.O. Scott concludes in the New York Times , “Everyone involved in Never Say Never is working overtime to prove that he is, as one of them puts it, ‘just a regular kid who had a dream,’ while everything about the movie screams the opposite.”
But Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News gives parents the most pertinent advice, while restraining her own critics’ proclivity to be dismissive of such goings on. “This is not a place for cynicism,” she writes. “Bieber’s world — at least as edited for mass consumption — is a refreshingly wholesome universe, where a young superstar is good-natured and grateful, says grace before every meal, and spends all his free time on the tour bus tweeting. He also likes to hug, a lot. In other words, he’s the perfect first crush, and this is the perfect movie for someone currently experiencing that crush.”
I guess if your little kid is infatuated with Bieber then you should be glad – relatively anyway. They could be in love with Taylor Momson.