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Finding Neverland (2004)

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Critic 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.

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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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PG (for mild thematic elements and brief language)
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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
Joe Prospero
as Jack Llewelyn Davies
Kelly Macdonald
as "Peter Pan"
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
Toby Jones
as Smee
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Critic Reviews for Finding Neverland

All Critics (202) | Top Critics (42)

Infused by an awkward decorum; the kind that descends on a gathering dominated by an unmentioned death or transgression.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If it didn't have Johnny Depp as its star, Finding Neverland would barely pass muster as an average PBS Masterpiece Theatre entry.

February 13, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's harmless cotton candy with pleasant turn-of-the-century décor, but I admit the Disney ambiance eventually wore me out and I spent a lot of time looking at my watch.

Full Review… | November 29, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

Finding Neverland is not exactly the way it happened, but this is a movie with a higher truth, one we need to believe in. And you will believe. You will.

November 24, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Watchable and passably engaging.

November 19, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Depp is a charm. He becomes his own, subtly compelling Barrie.

Full Review… | November 19, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Finding Neverland

½

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 Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

½

A wonderful, breezy fantasy tale concerning the inspiration behind J.M. Barrie's writing of "Peter Pan", and how a widow and her boys gave him the idea to write the story. Depp, in his best performance since 1994's "Ed Wood", is simply magnificent, proving once again that when given the right material he can be one of the best actors on the planet. The story may be a little familiar and some things are a little romanticized like Hollywood films tend to do, but the strength of Depp's performance coupled with the superb supporting cast (Kate Winslet, effortlessly incredible, as are Julie Christie and Freddy Highmore), makes this movie rise above its predictability and flaws. The ending scene is definitely tear-jerking, as director Marc Forster constructs a beautiful conclusion to his moving film.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Finding Neverland is a terrific film about author J.M Barrie's journey in creating the legendary work, Peter Pan. Starring Johnny Depp as J.M Barrie, Finding Neverland is a wonderful, well acted film with an engaging story. Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp have terrific chemistry on screen. The performances of the cast altogether are superb. Johnny Depp is perfect in the role of J.M Barrie. I felt he added a touch of innocence to the role, which was needed to make Barrie come truly alive on screen. Finding Neverland is a terrific drama film that the whole family can enjoy. A wonderful, engaging story makes this a must see film, and for those who love Barrie's work of Peter Pan, this film may appeal to you too. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and it may not be perfect, but it shows how this legendary story came into being. Finding Neverland is a terrific film that is well acted and well told. I really enjoyed this film, and I thought it was a superb drama film with many elements that can appeal to people of all ages. The film is sad, whimsical and is really a perfect film that you can watch as a family. The cast elevate this film from being just another biopic or real life drama, and they make it truly something special and memorable.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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