Finding Neverland (2004)
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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as J.M. Barrie
as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
as Mrs. Emma du Maurier
as George Llewelyn Davies
as Mary Barrie
as Jack Llewelyn Davies
as "Peter Pan"
as Peter Llewelyn Davies
as Charles Frohman
as Mrs. Snow
as Stage Manager
as Michael Llewelyn Davis
as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Critic Reviews for Finding Neverland
Infused by an awkward decorum; the kind that descends on a gathering dominated by an unmentioned death or transgression.
If it didn't have Johnny Depp as its star, Finding Neverland would barely pass muster as an average PBS Masterpiece Theatre entry.
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.
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.
Watchable and passably engaging.
Audience Reviews for Finding Neverland
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.
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.
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.
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