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Imagine a world like nothing you've ever seen, where every day is an adventure, where you never have to grow up or grow old. That's the world of Peter Pan - the clanging swords of furious rivals, the quivering plank of the Jolly Roger, the transcendent thrill of flying … and the magical power of a hidden kiss.
Adventure - Like the many other screen versions of the classic book, this is an
adventure story for the family. While a little more dark than most
takes on Peter Pan, the film is still appropriate for most children
though some mildly intense/scary parts may upset young children.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good ...enough entertainment value to allow Mom, Dad, and the kids to have a good time. Plus, pirate movies are big these days (Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the year's top money-makers), and this is one of the better ones. P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan proves that some concepts, like their characters, are ageless.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good I walked in anticipating a sweet kiddie fantasy and was surprised to find a film that takes its story very seriously indeed, thank you, and even allows a glimpse of underlying sadness. To be Peter Pan is fun for a day or a year, but can it be fun forever? But to never grow up is unspeakably sad, and this is the first "Peter Pan" where Peter's final flight seems not like a victory but an escape.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 99 moviegoer opinions. These opinions are pretty mixed so I'll go by age/gender.
Children and teens, both male and female, really enjoyed Peter Pan.
Adult and twentysomething females also enjoyed it very much. Only a few rated it a little low.
Only about half of the twentysomething males truly enjoyed the movie, but the remaining half thought it was at least an OK movie.
Most adult males enjoyed Peter Pan very much, but their opinions were not quite as high as the ladies.
The story begins on a chilly night in buttoned-up Edwardian London as Wendy Darling (Rachel Hurd-Wood) mesmerizes her younger brothers with tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and Captain Hook, the legendary pirate who fears nothing but a ticking clock. But a clock is ticking for Wendy, too. Her father has decreed that it's time for her to grow up. After tonight, no more stories. She's to be groomed for womanhood and marriage by strict Aunt Millicent (Lynn Redgrave).
Unknown to the Darlings, Peter Pan loves Wendy's stories, too, and travels a great distance to hear them. His appearance in their nursery that night, along with a jealous little fairy called Tinker Bell (Ludivine Sagnier), triggers an awfully big adventure for Wendy and her brothers. Following him out the window like a small flock of birds, the children swoop over London's moonlit rooftops, through a galaxy of radiant planets and stars, to the magical Neverland, where they begin an exhilarating new life free of grown-up rules with Peter and the Lost Boys in their secret underground home. Confronting depraved pirates, malicious mermaids, a monstrous crocodile and, worst of all, the vicious steel claw dangling from Hook's right arm, Wendy and her brothers find out what they're made of. And the ongoing battle between Peter and Hook escalates to a thrilling climax, played out against the fantastical backdrop of the enchanted world of Neverland.