Finding Neverland

2004

Finding Neverland

Critics 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.

82%

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Total Count: 205

87%

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User Ratings: 465,329
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Movie Info

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 Christie. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Cast

Johnny Depp
as J.M. Barrie
Kate Winslet
as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Julie Christie
as Mrs. Emma du Maurier
Nick Roud
as George Llewelyn Davies
Radha Mitchell
as Mary Barrie
Kelly Macdonald
as "Peter Pan"
Joe Prospero
as Jack Llewelyn Davies
Freddie Highmore
as Peter Llewelyn Davies
Dustin Hoffman
as Charles Frohman
Eileen Essell
as Mrs. Snow
Luke Spill
as Michael Llewelyn Davis
Paul Whitehouse
as Stage Manager
Ian Hart
as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Audience Reviews for Finding Neverland

  • Sep 10, 2015
    Heartbreaking, magical and wholesome, Finding Neverland is a tearjerker with nostalgia and beautifully done performances. Rating: 88
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2013
    Depp and Winslet despite their pedigree seem to suck all the fun out of the life of Peter Pan's creator J.M. Barrie. What we are left with is wishing that we knew less about the author about more about the creation.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2013
    Finding Neverland is a touching and breathtaking film that takes you to a world of imagination. The film follows playwright James Barrie as he forms a unique bond with the Davies family, which inspires him to write Peter Pan. It's a compelling story about the powers and dangers of imagination. Johnny Depp gives a brilliant performance, and plays especially well off of Freddie Highmore; creating some truly inspiring and heartbreaking scenes. Additionally, the performances by co-stars Kate Winslet, Radha Mitchell, and Dustin Hoffman are excellent. And, Marc Forster's directing is equally as impressive: wonderfully incorporating the fantasy elements of the film. In fact, everything about this film is wonderful, from the extravagant costumes to the fantastical score. Exceptionally captivating, Finding Neverland is an uplifting and magical tale.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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