Phoebe in Wonderland Reviews

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March 6, 2009
The taxing whimsy of Phoebe in Wonderland proves more grating than poignantly escapist.
March 6, 2009
Visuals aside, what drags Phoebe in Wonderland along is Fanning's performance, but the rest of the film never rises up to the level of her simple moments counting steps or explaining that she has to wash her hands a certain number of times.
March 6, 2009
[Elle Fanning is] an astonishingly natural and unmannered actress who carries this rather ungainly movie on her narrow shoulders.
March 6, 2009
Barnz has made a poignant family movie that, despite its thematic material and brief profanity, is appropriate for mature 10-year-olds and older.
March 6, 2009
Let Clarkson and Fanning take you to the rabbit hole of seductive enchantment that defines this movie.
March 6, 2009
Touching, at times intense drama teaches tolerance, empathy.
March 6, 2009
It's a rare thing when a labor of love turns out to be worth both the labor and the love.
March 6, 2009
Writer-director Daniel Barnz manages to achieve a true and delicate balance for much of Phoebe in Wonderland, his first feature, but ultimately undermines himself with heavy-handed and rather hackneyed whimsy.
March 6, 2009
Phoebe in Wonderland introduces us to a smart new talent in Barnz and lets the more established members of its cast work at their top capacity. It's a film about kids graced with a mature aesthetic and rare behavioral wisdom.
March 6, 2009
The screenplay is unusual in its reliance on children for many of the scenes, and its understanding of the drama in the heart of a troubled 9-year-old.
March 6, 2009
It leaves you frustrated and annoyed.
March 6, 2009
An uneven, unfocused amalgamation of ideas and moods that is at times deeply moving nonetheless.
March 6, 2009
It's that kind of movie, full of therapeutic notions paraded as poetry and scenes that seem to carry explanatory labels.
March 6, 2009
Elle Fanning, and her audience, deserve better.
March 6, 2009
There's no denying the cast (which also includes Bill Pullman and Campbell Scott) is terrific and that first time writer/director Daniel Barnz has stacked the deck for his precious indie flick.
March 6, 2009
The intentions...are good, and the picture boasts a fine lead performance, but ultimately...it's just a fancy disease-of-the-week movie that comes off confused and overly cute.
March 6, 2009
...has the advantage of having the marvelous Elle Fanning in its title role. She gives a performance of nuance and intensity...
March 6, 2009
Make no mistake, there is a euphoria to Phoebe's journey, a delicious wonderment to her ability to see the world through a prism entirely her own.
March 5, 2009
Abstract portrayals of kids with OCD and Tourette's do not, it turns out, make great entertainment.
March 5, 2009
... an involving and empathetic drama of mothers and daughters.
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