‘Justin Bieber’s Believe’ Review: Portrait of an Artist Who’s No Longer a ‘Baby’

The idea that a 19-year-old kid worth $130 million can respond to questions about level-headedness with “I’m not going to be stupid” might be laughable, but few people in the audience of “Justin Bieber’s Believe” are probably going to be laughing.

A movie designed expressly for the music star’s fans and spun directly from the success of its pop-biography predecessor, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” Jon M. Chu’s follow-up documentary aims to look inside Bieber as his success grows and the singer comes of age. But it’s a microscope of which the young star is all too aware, and there’s simply too much lacquer on his image to get through to who Bieber is or how he actually feels. “Believe” feels earnest but superficial, a next-chapter look at a star who hasn’t come enough to terms with where he’s come from to contemplate where he is, or where he’s going. Read More...



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