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Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland (2004)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 202
Fresh: 167 | Rotten: 35

It won't pass muster for those looking for historical accuracy, but Finding Neverland is a warm, heartfelt drama with a charm all its own -- and Johnny Depp gives a graceful performance as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 10

It won't pass muster for those looking for historical accuracy, but Finding Neverland is a warm, heartfelt drama with a charm all its own -- and Johnny Depp gives a graceful performance as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie.



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Following up his critically acclaimed Monster's Ball, director Marc Forster took on this biography of playwright James Matthew Barrie, the scribe who penned the children's classic Peter Pan. Johnny Depp stars as the turn-of-the-century writer as the film follows Barrie as he struggles to write and have his play produced while he cares for his down-on-their-luck neighbors who inspired the story in the first place. J.M. Barrie's Neverland also stars Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet, and Julie



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Infused by an awkward decorum; the kind that descends on a gathering dominated by an unmentioned death or transgression.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If it didn't have Johnny Depp as its star, Finding Neverland would barely pass muster as an average PBS Masterpiece Theatre entry.

February 13, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comment (1)
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It's harmless cotton candy with pleasant turn-of-the-century décor, but I admit the Disney ambiance eventually wore me out and I spent a lot of time looking at my watch.

November 29, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Finding Neverland is not exactly the way it happened, but this is a movie with a higher truth, one we need to believe in. And you will believe. You will.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Watchable and passably engaging.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Depp is a charm. He becomes his own, subtly compelling Barrie.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Not about Peter Pan, and not a kids' movie.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A heartfelt, beautiful film, and one of the best dramas I've seen in years.

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

Like Big Fish and The Neverending Story, this is a film that reminds us that life, coloured by our perceptions, is what we make it; all we have to do is believe.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Johnny Depp makes another run at the Oscar in the shoes of author-playwright J.M. Barrie.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Finding Neverland is about hanging on to that belief in something that transcends the empirical world. It's a small, gentle, graceful motion picture.

September 19, 2007
Looking Closer

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A charming and dramatic tearjerker that's sweet without resorting to syrup.

September 28, 2006
Christianity Today

Plenty of narrative liberties have been taken. It doesn't matter a jot. At heart, this isn't a biography anyway, it's an ode to the power of the imagination.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A nicely played family entertainment with perhaps more mystery than it knows what to do with.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Independent

Clap your hands for a better script.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The only spark of genuine humanity appears at the very end, but by that time most great opportunities of FINDING NEVERLAND are already lost.

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

The film's about knowing where your inner child is and letting it out to explore great worlds of adventure.

April 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

'En una época tan falta de historias agradables, que rejuvenezcan el espíritu humano y nos transporten a lo mejor de nuestra infancia, un filme como este es perfecto'

April 4, 2005

The film is incredibly manipulative both in its script and execution, but despite this we do feel for the characters.

March 23, 2005 Full Review Source:

Interestingly and movingly hints at the sad future fate of his Lost Boys, but it's too timid to follow up on those dark portents.

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

Finding Neverland is sentimental, to be sure, but a wonderful find for the patient viewer.

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

Se queda grabada en el alma, esa alma que debiera seguir con polvos mágicos en vez de sólo empolvándose con el paso del tiempo.

February 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

'The jewel in the cast is 12-year-old Highmore. Not since Henry Thomas in "E.T." has such a young actor held the screen with such emotion.'

February 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Audience Reviews for Finding Neverland

A simplistic and overly-sentimental movie about Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie with great performances by Depp and Winslet but not nearly enough substance to keep the story engaging.
August 6, 2013
Sam Barnett

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A wonderful, breezy fantasy tale concerning the inspiration behind J.M. Barrie's writing of "Peter Pan", and how a widow and her boys gave him the idea to write the story. Depp, in his best performance since 1994's "Ed Wood", is simply magnificent, proving once again that when given the right material he can be one of the best actors on the planet. The story may be a little familiar and some things are a little romanticized like Hollywood films tend to do, but the strength of Depp's performance coupled with the superb supporting cast (Kate Winslet, effortlessly incredible, as are Julie Christie and Freddy Highmore), makes this movie rise above its predictability and flaws. The ending scene is definitely tear-jerking, as director Marc Forster constructs a beautiful conclusion to his moving film.
January 31, 2013
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Finding Neverland is a terrific film about author J.M Barrie's journey in creating the legendary work, Peter Pan. Starring Johnny Depp as J.M Barrie, Finding Neverland is a wonderful, well acted film with an engaging story. Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp have terrific chemistry on screen. The performances of the cast altogether are superb. Johnny Depp is perfect in the role of J.M Barrie. I felt he added a touch of innocence to the role, which was needed to make Barrie come truly alive on screen. Finding Neverland is a terrific drama film that the whole family can enjoy. A wonderful, engaging story makes this a must see film, and for those who love Barrie's work of Peter Pan, this film may appeal to you too. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and it may not be perfect, but it shows how this legendary story came into being. Finding Neverland is a terrific film that is well acted and well told. I really enjoyed this film, and I thought it was a superb drama film with many elements that can appeal to people of all ages. The film is sad, whimsical and is really a perfect film that you can watch as a family. The cast elevate this film from being just another biopic or real life drama, and they make it truly something special and memorable.
September 13, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

It was okay.
August 29, 2011
Dead Angel

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    1. James Barrie: They can see it you know... You can't go on just pretending.
    – Submitted by Nadz S (2 years ago)
    1. James Barrie: You find a glimmer of happiness in this world, there's always someone who wants to destroy it.
    – Submitted by Chad E (3 years ago)
    1. James Barrie: Young boys should never be sent to bed... they always wake up a day older.
    – Submitted by Chad E (3 years ago)
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