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Peter Pan (2003)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 109 | Rotten: 32

Solid if far from definitive, this version of Peter Pan is visually impressive, psychologically complex and faithful to its original source.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 12

Solid if far from definitive, this version of Peter Pan is visually impressive, psychologically complex and faithful to its original source.



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Director P.J. Hogan (Muriel's Wedding, My Best Friend's Wedding) helms this live-action retelling of J.M. Barrie's classic children's play Peter Pan. Starring Jeremy Sumpter (Frailty) in the title role, the film follows the adventures of the Darling children, Wendy (Rachel Hurd-Wood), John (Harry Newell), and Michael (Freddie Popplewell), as they are visited by the boy who never grows up and whisked away to Neverland, where they encounter The Lost Boys, Tinker Bell (Ludivine Sagnier), and the

May 4, 2004


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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (32) | DVD (18)

These ingredients are digitally present and correct, but Hogan fails to inject much excitement into the many boisterous action sequences.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A dazzling retelling of the J.M. Barrie tale.

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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With only a few exceptions, the performances (and the script) range between dull and mediocre.

December 25, 2003
Washington Post
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In this incarnation, Peter is imbued with a greater degree of psychological darkness than before.

December 25, 2003
Washington Post
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Familiarity doesn't exactly breed contempt, yet despite the novelty of a real boy as Peter, the movie does engender a listless been-there / eaten-that reaction.

December 25, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
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A tribute to the power of good storytelling.

December 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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On the whole it's a pleasant thing, if hardly the definitive treatment of the source material.

July 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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It won't give Harry Potter a run for his money, but it beats the hell out of a Cannon & Ball panto in Skegness.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Live-action version keeps its thrill and charm.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Great performances, rollicking action and excitement, and a beautiful story kids will surely love...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Siendo notorio el gusto de Hogan por las letras clįsicas de Peter Pan y Wendy, el director sabe educir el alma del libro para llevarla al celuloide.

July 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

PJ Hogan's lazy, logy Peter Pan states that not growing up is a tragedy, but presents neither evidence nor arguments.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Low IQ Canadian

[I]t's an unfortunate time for a new version of Peter Pan to hit theaters, but those who can push all those King of Pop connections aside will be rewarded.

February 28, 2004 Full Review

Even if you don't believe in fairies, this movie will make a believer of you....timeless story gets a grand treatment, though some parents may balk at Hogan's darker tones.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

It's not colourful, it's not fun, it's just a gaudy mess of bad aesthetic choices and cruddy CGI.

February 24, 2004 | Comment (1)

First off, the movie looks fantastic. The sets are amazing and the effects are wonderful.

February 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Don't get caught somewhere in the middle, wandering around Neverland without a fairy guide.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

Gorgeously mounted and imagined, this new incarnation of Peter Pan has one gigantic flaw: Jeremy Sumpter, who plays Pan, cannot act at all.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source:

As smart and definitive a version as we're likely to see for a while, which is fine, if only because it casts an actual child actor instead of a creepy female man-child.

January 24, 2004 Full Review Source:

I loved every minute.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Hogan's adapation is likely faithful to a fault: it goes through the motions of the story without seeming to have any reason for telling it.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

This is the vision of Peter Pan that I would want in my head when I read the story.

January 15, 2004 Full Review

...deliciously dark...

January 14, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

An earnest and enjoyable entertainment that remains loyal to its source if not to those hoping for state-of-the-art special effects.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

Peter Pan is so loaded with visual wonder that even when aspects of it fall short, it's gorgeous to behold.

January 13, 2004 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Peter Pan

This is a different version than I am used to, but I liked it. I may be forced to read the book to determine what really happened. I have not quite figured out the significance of Wendy creating Captain Hook in the image of her father.
September 5, 2012

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Certainly not the greatest graphics. Awkward filming. Decent acting. Incredibly cute. Yeah, I'd have my kids watch this if I had them!
December 14, 2011
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The graphic quality is stunningly bad, enough to take one's attention away from the (admittedly mediocre) story. But Jeremy Sumpter is the kind of guy I would have been obsessed with had I actually seen this when it came out, so I'm giving it a little bit benefit of the doubt. Too bad he grew up into the weaselly JD McCoy of FNL fame.
August 15, 2011

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August 12, 2011

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    1. Peter Pan: To live would be an awfully big adventure.
    – Submitted by Andrew O (8 months ago)
    1. Captain Hook: If I were you, I'd give up!
    2. Peter Pan: If you were me, I'd be ugly.
    – Submitted by Andrew O (8 months ago)
    1. Smee: Wow. Two dead already.
    – Submitted by Claudia M (18 months ago)
    1. Peter Pan: To die will be an awfully big adventure.
    – Submitted by Carol L (22 months ago)
    1. Smee: Captain, the ice is melting, the sun is out, the flowers are all in bloom...
    2. Captain Hook: He's back.
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Pan: Forget the Wendy. Forget them all. Come away to Neverland.
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
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