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Finding Neverland Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    67

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Takes liberties with its hero, which is hardly a crime (the real-life Barrie was extremely childlike), but the movie chases after magic with overproduced fantasy sequences, and a feel-good, literalist climax that betrays the very notion of imagination as a force superior to reality.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The story is told gently and simply without excess sentimentality. It is a welcome departure from more contrived holiday fare.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Depp 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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A rewarding piece of filmmaking that has all the makings of a classic weepie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 11+

Not about Peter Pan, and not a kids' movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this really isn't a kids' movie. It's about J.M. Barrie and his relationship with four boys who have lost their father before the movie begins and who lose their mother before it ends. Barrie's marriage breaks up because (among other things) his wife has a new boyfriend. It will probably disappoint younger kids who come expecting something Peter Pan-like. If you do go with your kids, you might talk about sources of imagination and creativity.

  • Families can talk about why Barrie wanted to play with the boys and why he was sorry to see them grow up. What is the best part of being a child? What is the best part of being a grown-up? Also, for aspiring young writers, what adventures in your own life can lead to your next great story?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Pirate play, and a kid gets dropped from a harness. A sad death.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Mild references to adultery and possible improper interest in young boys.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking.

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