Finding Neverland 2004

Finding Neverland

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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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This charming account of a period in the life of author J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) reveals the real relationships and events that served as the basis for the author's most iconic work, "Peter Pan." After Barrie develops a platonic relationship with the widowed Sylvia (Kate Winslet) and her four sons, he is inspired to write a play about a group of children who don't want to grow up. The work proves a hit and winds up bringing Barrie and the children together in a way he had never expected.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Depp
J.M. Barrie
Kate Winslet
Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Julie Christie
Mrs. du Maurier
Dustin Hoffman
Charles Frohman
Kelly Macdonald
Peter Pan (in "Peter Pan")
Ian Hart
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Paul Whitehouse
Stage manager
Freddie Highmore
Peter Llewelyn Davies
Joe Prospero
Jack Llewelyn Davies
Gary Binkow
Executive Producer
Neal Israel
Executive Producer
Tracey Becker
Associate Producer
David Magee
Screenwriter
Allan Knee
Writer (Play)
Elton John
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Critic Reviews for Finding Neverland

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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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