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Finding Neverland Reviews

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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Infused by an awkward decorum; the kind that descends on a gathering dominated by an unmentioned death or transgression.
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 13, 2005
If it didn't have Johnny Depp as its star, Finding Neverland would barely pass muster as an average PBS Masterpiece Theatre entry.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 29, 2004
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 24, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 19, 2004
Watchable and passably engaging.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 19, 2004
Depp is a charm. He becomes his own, subtly compelling Barrie.
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
November 19, 2004
You're expected to weep, and perhaps you will weep. But if you do, it's not likely that you'll respect yourself in the morning.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 19, 2004
There isn't much that's less interesting to watch Johnny Depp do than bring a quiet and steady decency to anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2004
The movie is one long snooze, until the finish leaves half the audience glowing and in tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 19, 2004
Pretty as a Victorian candy box and gentle as a sleeping child's breath, Finding Neverland is a small treasure of a film.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 19, 2004
Some things are worth causing a lump in your throat. Finding Neverland is one of them.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 19, 2004
It's a mild pleasure to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 19, 2004
We can always see the frightened little boy in the man, and the importance of the role that make-believe plays in a world often too eager to tell us to accept things as they are instead of urging us to remake them by dreaming of how they could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 19, 2004
It's a reminder that a sense of play is at the heart of every play -- at the heart of every artistic endeavor, for that matter -- and yet life is more than just a playground.
| Original Score: A
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 19, 2004
For the most part, Forster peeks inside the creative process, presenting us with scenes that are sweetly realized and often touching.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 19, 2004
The verities are about the ways imagination is craved and curtailed by loved ones and by society.
| Original Score: 3/4
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November 19, 2004
I'd rank it as one of the best films of the year.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2004
For Depp, Finding Neverland is the latest in an extraordinary series of performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 19, 2004
Good taste runs amok. The movie is careful to offend no one, which, in a more dramatically told film might not be as irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 18, 2004
It is Depp who makes the magic real enough to believe.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2004
Twee is one of those distinctly English words. It's used to describe something flowery, fey, hopelessly lightweight. It can also be applied -- quite nicely, thank you -- to Finding Neverland.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 18, 2004
Finding Neverland establishes its limits and then transcends them to provide a glorious entertainment for this holiday season.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 18, 2004
Intelligent and inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 18, 2004
Despite opportunities to turn soft and clammy, the film is moving but not maudlin, whimsical but not cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 18, 2004
The film reminds us not only of the many uses of enchantment, but of the exhilarating magic of the words, 'Let's pretend.'
| Original Score: A-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2004
Finding Neverland has a radiance that comes primarily from Depp's performance but finally suffuses the whole movie -- with its marvelous cast and lovingly created images of a British Edwardian past.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 18, 2004
Forster builds on each scene, and the finale ... is quite moving.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 12, 2004
Forster doesn't know how to make his story flow -- the picture moves from scene to scene with an almost painfully mechanical precision.
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 12, 2004
In its understated way, it is based on a sense of what separates children from adults and how someone like Barrie might have bridged that gap.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 12, 2004
Johnny Depp adds yet another indelible, Oscar-worthy portrait to his gallery of memorable characters
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 12, 2004
As a study of the creative process, Finding Neverland is too literal, yet gives a healthy idea of the richness and ingenuity of Barrie's work.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 11, 2004
The story is told gently and simply without excess sentimentality. It is a welcome departure from more contrived holiday fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2004
Finding Neverland is gently seductive, genuinely tender and often moving without being maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 11, 2004
Marc Forster's handsome-looking film stars Johnny Depp as J. M. Barrie and Kate Winslet as the widow whose sons inspired Barrie to write Peter Pan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 11, 2004
As Peter Pan might have put it, an awfully small adventure.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 10, 2004
Depp, as the Scottish-born turn-of-the-century playwright J.M. Barrie, portrays a fellow who is openly gentle to the core, and the actor just about wraps the movie around his lilting delivery and quiescent gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 9, 2004
This is solid but unspectacular entertainment, and most who see it will leave theaters satisfied, although not overwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
November 9, 2004
Finding Neverland practices a tasteful restraint, embodied by Depp's unusually subdued performance.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 8, 2004
I like the way this film kind of mirrors Peter Pan. That we have these magical elements, little things that of course are now keystones and touch notes in the Peter Pan story we see how the idea first came to him.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 4, 2004
Glorious entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 9, 2004
Impeccably made and genuinely moving.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2004
A rewarding piece of filmmaking that has all the makings of a classic weepie.