Finding Neverland (2004)



Critic Consensus: 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 … More

Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements and brief language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Magee, David Magee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Finding Neverland

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (42)

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If it didn't have Johnny Depp as its star, Finding Neverland would barely pass muster as an average PBS Masterpiece Theatre entry.

Full Review… | February 13, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Not about Peter Pan, and not a kids' movie.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & 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.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer


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.

Dan Schultz
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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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