Finding Neverland Reviews

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March 13, 2018
Mingling reality and fantasy, Forster has given us a luminous, touching meditation on life and art.
December 26, 2017
Wooden, yes, and saccharine, too. Oh, and did I mention the neutered whimsy?
February 9, 2006
Infused by an awkward decorum; the kind that descends on a gathering dominated by an unmentioned death or transgression.
January 17, 2006
Plenty of narrative liberties have been taken. It doesn't matter a jot. At heart, this isn't a biography anyway, it's an ode to the power of the imagination.
December 6, 2005
A nicely played family entertainment with perhaps more mystery than it knows what to do with.
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.
Top Critic
November 29, 2004
It's harmless cotton candy with pleasant turn-of-the-century dcor, but I admit the Disney ambiance eventually wore me out and I spent a lot of time looking at my watch.
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.
November 19, 2004
Watchable and passably engaging.
November 19, 2004
Depp is a charm. He becomes his own, subtly compelling Barrie.
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.
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.
November 19, 2004
The movie is one long snooze, until the finish leaves half the audience glowing and in tears.
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.
November 19, 2004
Some things are worth causing a lump in your throat. Finding Neverland is one of them.
November 19, 2004
It's a mild pleasure to watch.
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.
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.
November 19, 2004
For the most part, Forster peeks inside the creative process, presenting us with scenes that are sweetly realized and often touching.
November 19, 2004
The verities are about the ways imagination is craved and curtailed by loved ones and by society.
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