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Finding Neverland

Family . Biography . Drama

Finding Neverland is an amusing drama about how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland came to be. During a writing slump play writer J.M. Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia and her three children who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and the inspiration that lead him to create his masterpiece “Peter Pan.”

Actors: Luke Spill , Nick Roud , Joe Prospero , Kate Maberly , Radha Mitchell , Freddie Highmore , Dustin Hoffman , Julie Christie , Kate Winslet , Johnny Depp
Directors: Marc Forster
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2004-12-17
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  • Glenn Kenny

    Depp and Winslet in particular are, as you might expect, immaculate. I don't think there's another actor alive who can convey the intermingling of gentleness and passion with as much precision as Depp.

    Premiere Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It's a real pleasure to find a movie as calm, measured and dead-on in its impact as Finding Neverland.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Glorious entertainment.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Surprisingly moving.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    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.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The glory of the movie is Depp, who achieves his own immortality.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Johnny Depp has finally won me over to rabid support after "Neverland" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." He gives the most controlled, least mannered performance of his career, staying sweet and rueful while suggesting unseen emotional depths.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Ray Bennett

    A rewarding piece of filmmaking that has all the makings of a classic weepie.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    Gently seductive, genuinely tender and often moving without being maudlin.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Mingling reality and fantasy, Forster has given us a luminous, touching meditation on life and art.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    An impeccably made and genuinely moving account of how Scottish author J.M. Barrie came to write "Peter Pan."

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Depp is a charm. He becomes his own, subtly compelling Barrie.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    Takes you back to a time in which people – children, in particular – still created whole worlds in their heads, inventing characters and situations as far away as their flights of fancy would take them.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Forster keeps the picture as a whole in perfect tune with Depp's approach.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Delightful and moving - although fanciful.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The story is told gently and simply without excess sentimentality. It is a welcome departure from more contrived holiday fare.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Compelling and life-affirming.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Because it's a well-crafted and superbly acted sweet little tearjerker, we're content too -- it's a mild pleasure to watch.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Depp portrays a fellow who is openly gentle to the core, and the actor just about wraps the movie around his lilting delivery and quiescent gaze.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The film rests on Depp's evocation of Barrie's gentle, playfulness and deeply buried sorrows; it's difficult to imagine another actor so gracefully evoking Barrie's childlike qualities without seeming creepy or emotionally malformed, and only the hard of heart will come away dry-eyed.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    A worthwhile way to spend some of your precious leisure time, especially in this season of obnoxious cartoons and ham-handed holiday fare.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    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.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Meredith Brody

    The plays and amusements the boys put on--by far the most successfully magical scenes in the movie--inspire Barrie to create his great work, "Peter Pan."

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Handsome, professional and dutiful, but it never feels inspired.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Washes over you with an enjoyable gloss, and it might even make you cry a little, but it evaporates in memory like fairy dust.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    It's a portrait of the artist as Mary Poppins.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It just doesn't have the buoyancy, or the resonance, that this kind of semifactual flight of fancy needs. Full Review
  • Teresa Wiltz

    You're expected to weep, and perhaps you will weep. But if you do, it's not likely that you'll respect yourself in the morning.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A sappy excursion to Edwardian days.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Precious and uninsightful but ends beautifully.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Surprisingly wan film.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    Depp and Highmore's final scene together strikes a muted blow of desolation -- bottomless but just bearable -- that Forster rather bravely lets stand as the last word on all the fanciful solace that Barrieland had to offer.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A handsome-looking film about the writer and his unripe inspirations, the actor Johnny Depp neither soars nor crashes, but moseys forward with vague purpose and actorly restraint.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Forster's movie doesn't want to grow up, but it doesn't seem to understand childhood, either. For a film about the life-affirming power of imagination, Finding Neverland displays precious little of its own.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Finding Neverland takes a big, brave leap and lands splat on the sidewalk.

    Time Full Review
  • Stanley Kauffmann

    Dismal and heavy, and the failure rests chiefly with Johnny Depp, who plays Barrie.

    The New Republic Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Takes liberties with its hero, which is hardly a crime (the real-life Barrie was extremely childlike), but the movie chases after magic with overproduced fantasy sequences, and a feel-good, literalist climax that betrays the very notion of imagination as a force superior to reality.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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