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Return to Never Land (2002)

tomatometer

45

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 52

With its forgettable songs and lackluster story, this new Pan will surely entertain kids, but will feel more like a retread to adults.

63

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 9

With its forgettable songs and lackluster story, this new Pan will surely entertain kids, but will feel more like a retread to adults.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Almost 50 years after Walt Disney brought James M. Barrie's classic children's tale Peter Pan to the screen in one of the best-loved animated features, the studio that bears his name revisits the story of the magical boy who doesn't grow up in this sequel. In London during World War II, Wendy (voice of Kath Soucie) comforts her children with stories about her youthful adventures with Peter Pan (voice of Blayne Weaver) in the fantastic world of Neverland. Young Danny (voice of Andrew McDonough)

Aug 20, 2002

$48.3M

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Offers enough playful fun to entertain the preschool set while embracing a wholesome attitude.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Children will enjoy Never Land for its adventure and physical humor. Adults may simply like strolling down memory lane.

March 4, 2002
Arizona Republic
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If you've got a house full of tots -- don't worry, this will be on video long before they grow up and you can wait till then.

February 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A brisk, reverent, and subtly different sequel.

February 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Though the characters may connect as nostalgia for boomer parents, their kiddies will wonder what all the fuss was about.

February 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Less a formulaic continuation than a witty set of themes and variations that fit the earlier picture like a glowing outer ring.

February 16, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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[Blu-ray Review] "Return to Never Land" is (1) a terrific motion picture, and (2) absolutely gorgeous to watch and listen to. The Blu-ray release of "Return to Never Land" is a no-brainer for Disney fans and comes highly recommended.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

'Return to Never Land' is a cheerier film than 'Peter Pan,' and parents who object to the original for various reasons will find this one a gentler, friendlier option for young children.

August 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Has an unappealing main character drifting through a dramatically inert script.

November 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Pleasant but forgettable sequel to Disney classic.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Suficientemente divertido e com toques certos de drama para não manchar a memória do original.

January 5, 2010
Cinema em Cena

It's not groundbreaking, but kids who enjoyed the original Peter Pan should welcome a trip back to Neverland

August 17, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

There is no doubt the movie is lovely to look at; it just hasn't much substance to it or much new to say.

November 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The first fifteen minutes are so unremittingly dreary that it plays like Disney for depressive kids. Pass the kiddies' Prozac, I say . . .

March 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gurus

Running at a brisk 72 minutes, it's near impossible to become bored with the film...

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Buzz, Shrek, Sully and Mike can sleep easy.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

This film looks like it was produced in 1954, shelved for 48 years, and repackaged for a 2002 audience.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The film is fun, energetic, and brightly colored and I think kids will love it a lot.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Mostly good work, but still weighed down by many second-rate elements.

November 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Has all the hallmarks of a movie designed strictly for children's home video, a market so insatiable it absorbs all manner of lame entertainment, as long as 3-year-olds find it diverting.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

I can only assume that Disney buried Peter Pan in Stephen King's pet sematary, because resurrected in the misbegotten Return to Never Land is one sour Fairy King.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

While not all that bad of a movie, it's nowhere near as good as the original.

July 9, 2002 Full Review
Supercala.com

Fulfills the minimum requirement of Disney animation.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Disney aficionados will notice distinct parallels between this story and the 1971 musical "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," which also dealt with British children rediscovering the power of fantasy during wartime.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Peter Pan Lite, if I can say that without conjuring images of low-fat peanut butter.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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Audience Reviews for Return to Never Land

not worthy of being a disney sequel
June 2, 2011
michael e.
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I thought it was ok. I would rather watch Hook than sit through this though. It is better than most of the straight to DVD sequels that disney always puts out though.
June 16, 2010
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

Find me a good Disney Cartoon sequal that isnt Aladdin.
June 16, 2010
Godless

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