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Return to Never Land Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Offers enough playful fun to entertain the preschool set while embracing a wholesome attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
March 4, 2002
Children will enjoy Never Land for its adventure and physical humor. Adults may simply like strolling down memory lane.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 19, 2002
If you've got a house full of tots -- don't worry, this will be on video long before they grow up and you can wait till then.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
February 19, 2002
A brisk, reverent, and subtly different sequel.
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
February 16, 2002
The boy who wouldn't grow up comes off like a shrill, obnoxious little drip.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 16, 2002
Though the characters may connect as nostalgia for boomer parents, their kiddies will wonder what all the fuss was about.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
February 16, 2002
Less a formulaic continuation than a witty set of themes and variations that fit the earlier picture like a glowing outer ring.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2002
This is pleasant, safe entertainment that ought to appeal to kids younger than 10, especially to girls, with its female-empowerment fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 15, 2002
Evokes enough of the first movie to trigger a good time for veteran Pan fans and new audiences.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
February 15, 2002
ou've got to love a Disney pic with as little cleavage as this one has, and a heroine as feisty and principled as Jane.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 15, 2002
This follow-up seems so similar to the 1953 Disney classic that it makes one long for a geriatric Peter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
February 15, 2002
When it comes right down to it, kids don't really care. They just want to see a good story full of compelling characters, and Return To Never Land is that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
February 15, 2002
Return to Never Land is much more P.C. than the original version (no more racist portraits of Indians, for instance), but the excitement is missing.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 15, 2002
If you know kids who are insisting on a return trip to Never Land ... you'd do the kids a bigger favor by renting either the Mary Martin or Cathy Rigby version of the original stage show.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 15, 2002
Boomers and their kids will have a Barrie good time.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
February 15, 2002
As handsome and playful as the movie often is, it's another example of the let's-further -exploit-a-hit genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 15, 2002
Preceded by a 1957 Pluto short, Never Land is a warmly nostalgic throwback.
| Original Score: B
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
February 15, 2002
An eminently airworthy sequel to one of the studio's most renowned creations, 1953's Peter Pan.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 15, 2002
A bland animated sequel that hardly seems worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 15, 2002
Return to Never Land is a bright and energetic animated comedy, with all the slick polish we expect from Disney, but it's not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
February 15, 2002
Return to Never Land is reliable, standard Disney animated fare, with enough creative energy and wit to entertain all ages.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 14, 2002
If Return to Never Land ... doesn't have a story to match the original's in breadth and imagination, it does a smooth job of recycling its characters and themes.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
February 14, 2002
Like an extra slice of childhood when you least expect it there, Return to Never Land fulfills its promise.
| Original Score: B+
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
February 14, 2002
With an anachronistic soundtrack and uneven animation, Return to Neverland feels like an unasked for, direct-to-video rehash of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4