Finding Neverland

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67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics What's this?

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8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 195 Ratings

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  • Summary: A tale of magic and fantasy inspired by the life of James Barrie, the real-life author of the children's classic Peter Pan. (Miramax)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. It's an intellectual family film for literate parents and children, immensely pleasing if not perfect, perhaps a smidgen too brightly evasive and determinedly charming.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Mingling reality and fantasy, Forster has given us a luminous, touching meditation on life and art.
  3. Because it's a well-crafted and superbly acted sweet little tearjerker, we're content too -- it's a mild pleasure to watch.
  4. We have a whole new reason to appreciate cinema's most creative chameleon (Depp) since Peter Sellers. The film itself is pretty and sweet but a tad soggy.
  5. 60
    It just doesn't have the buoyancy, or the resonance, that this kind of semifactual flight of fancy needs.
  6. Dismal and heavy, and the failure rests chiefly with Johnny Depp, who plays Barrie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 90
  2. Negative: 5 out of 90
  1. LaraS.
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    So magical and moving. Can't help but want to hug every character!
  2. Sam
    Apr 12, 2006
    10
    After some fun takes on the story of Peter Pan, I've always wondered who the man was that started the epic tale, and if the life of the After some fun takes on the story of Peter Pan, I've always wondered who the man was that started the epic tale, and if the life of the man was a movie, would it be any good. Ladies and Gentlemen, Finding Neverland has finally ended my craving for that movie, with (in my opinion) 2004's best picture. Expand
  3. MarcR.
    Oct 2, 2006
    10
    I cried!
  4. BarryR.
    Dec 25, 2004
    8
    ?Finding Neverland? is not the story of the DA in Santa Barbara and his quest for evidence against the County?s most famous resident. No, it ?Finding Neverland? is not the story of the DA in Santa Barbara and his quest for evidence against the County?s most famous resident. No, it is the story of another celebrity?.i.e. James Barrie, a portion of his life and those that played such an integral and important part in it. It is the story of the writer?s role in creating, seeing and perhaps even being Peter Pan. One of the great children?s stories of all time is perhaps more a reflection and statement about the life of Mr. Barrie than the fictional character in the property. This is truly a ,quality movie. The writing, acting and directing are excellent. Johnny Depp is marvelous in his role as James Barrie. He gives an understated and meaningful portrayal matched by the quality work by Kate Winslett. Of course, the coups de gras and best performance, in my opinion, is given by the young boy named ?Peter? about whom much of the Pan character was based. It is very difficult to direct young children but as with everything, the greater the risk, the greater the reward?..so, too, when the directing of the child brings about a memorable and gut wrenching result , the accolades go to where they belong. Marc Forster does a really fine job of directing and, coupled with a great screenplay and wonderful acting, the movie gets and deserves an 8 with a strong >recommendation to go and see it. Dustin Hoffman, for nostalgic reasons I believe (he played Capt. Hook in "Hook"), is in the picture but his scenes are so short and inconsequential that you realize he?s there because, well, as Peter says, ?you have to believe?. Have fun and learn what really was behind the creation and writing of ?Peter Pan?. As Wendy would say, ?wiggle your shoulders and fly to the movie?. Expand
  5. CrystalP.
    Nov 2, 2005
    8
    I thought it was a beautiful film.
  6. May 3, 2016
    7
    Finding Neverland is just like those average Peter Pan stories, except you don't start at exactly Neverland. An another adventure worth goingFinding Neverland is just like those average Peter Pan stories, except you don't start at exactly Neverland. An another adventure worth going and never coming back. Expand
  7. Alex
    Nov 19, 2005
    2
    Manipulative tripe.

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