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Peter Pan Reviews

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June 24, 2006
These ingredients are digitally present and correct, but Hogan fails to inject much excitement into the many boisterous action sequences.
December 27, 2003
Read More | Original Score: B
December 26, 2003
A dazzling retelling of the J.M. Barrie tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2003
With only a few exceptions, the performances (and the script) range between dull and mediocre.
December 25, 2003
In this incarnation, Peter is imbued with a greater degree of psychological darkness than before.
December 25, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 25, 2003
A tribute to the power of good storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 25, 2003
Little children may find it a bit scary ... but it's a warmhearted and often magical adventure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2003
If, as you go into the theater, you hear people coming out still chanting 'I do believe in fairies. I do! I do!' do not be alarmed. Soon you will be joining them.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 25, 2003
Hogan's shimmering vision of Peter Pan is rewardingly sumptuous and faithful.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 25, 2003
It's not completely joyless, as Spielberg's Hook was. And it is not without its laughs and little pleasures.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 25, 2003
What it is lacking is any kind of wonder. True fairy dust is in decidedly short supply and without it, the movie sinks like a cannonball.
December 25, 2003
What distinguishes this Peter Pan from other versions is its unsentimental insight into the terrors and delights of both childhood and growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 25, 2003
Sumptuous-looking and engagingly acted.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 25, 2003
Both enchantingly old-fashioned and daringly modern.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2003
Every generation deserves its own version of Peter Pan. Until the next one arrives in 2019 or so, this one will do nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2003
Action-fortified, touching and entertaining from its beguiling beginning to its dreamy conclusion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2003
Has in the young British actress Rachel Hurd-Wood a Wendy for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2003
There just isn't enough in the movie, despite its marvelous design, to warrant another visit to this material.
December 25, 2003
Possesses effects galore, although curiously little to spark the imagination.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 25, 2003
If you're interested in returning to Neverland -- or taking some young person along for the ride -- this Pan will serve you well. For others, though, the flight might seem too familiar.
Read More | Original Score: C+
December 25, 2003
If this film is passed over for technical Academy Award nominations it would be a real oversight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2003
Faithful to its source but rather unremarkable as a movie experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 24, 2003
I walked in anticipating a sweet kiddie fantasy and was surprised to find a film that takes its story very seriously indeed, thank you, and even allows a glimpse of underlying sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 24, 2003
The movie may not soar, but this awfully big adventure is far from earthbound.
Read More | Original Score: C+
December 24, 2003
It ends up being the grown-up version of a children's story, and may have trouble finding an audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 23, 2003
This is by no means a bad film, just one that's not as successful as we'd wish.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 23, 2003
There's nothing to crow about.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2003
One of the best versions of Peter Pan to reach the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2003
Bring back Mary Martin and her spot-the-wires flying routine.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2003
The director, P.J. Hogan, celebrates Peter's elfin derring-do yet recognizes that there's something a bit lonely about it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 23, 2003
Works as mind-tickling entertainment that never stoops to the vulgarities or frenetic pacing of most family films.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2003
The sweep of the story will pull along most viewers, young and old.
December 23, 2003
J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan is a primary text of modern culture, and P.J. Hogan's live-action rendition is the only one, screen or stage, to completely uncage this changeling and give it flight.
December 18, 2003
For the first time in ages, a film makes one grateful for special effects: Indeed, it feels as if this is the very story such innovations were invented to enhance. You do, you do, you DO believe in fairies!
December 18, 2003
The film suffers from uneven acting, an over-reliance on production values and an uncertainty over how dangerous the children's adventures should be.