Made with good cheer, it's consistently funny and never overstays its welcome.
It quickly becomes evident that this expensive-looking feature is an overextended Saturday Night Live digital short that would have worked better on the small screen.
It turns out rising from fame and falling from it make for equally good material.
Popstar doesn't quite reach This Is Spinal Tap levels of satire (few things could), but as a send-up of the mores of today's celebrity-obsessed culture, it largely succeeds.
Star Andy Samberg & Co. are at their best when they're deadpanning as addlepated celebrity man-children whose vision of the good life involves the getting of ways and the indulging of whims.
Too often ... it feels lazy and derivative and it's difficult to recommend something that, despite offering a few solid laughs, is instantly forgettable.
The snort-laughs are as regular as a metronome, and a third of them are jabs at Justin Bieber
The result is not without misses. But as with any pop star, what you'll remember are the hits.
Anne T. Donahue
A legitimate look at celebrity culture delivered in a way that's as funny as it is thought-provoking.