Wendy

Wendy

Wendy

Oscar-nominated director Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) reimagines Peter Pan in this fantasy epic told from Wendy Darling's point of view.

"Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up." (Official synopsis)

2020Rating: M112 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Flicks

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

Very much a work of atmospheria, sometimes maddening but with a style, a mood, a feeling impossible to shake.

3.0

There are some excellent scenes of frightening maturity that I certainly did not expect from this ‘kids film’, and while those got me more on board with the movie, I was still a little lost as to the story and its purpose. It wasn’t ‘till the closing twenty minutes that I started to feel an overwhelming emotional connection to the film, its characters, and...

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Zeitlin has no fresh take on the material... it's the usual clichés about resisting the encroaching disillusionment of adult life, filtered through a "grounded" reboot that leeches all the actual excitement and adventure, the magic, out of the story.

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

There's a raw, unrefined energy to Wendy that's charming at first, but quickly gets tiresome

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Benh Zeitlin's take on Peter Pan from Wendy's female perspective is a mixed bag that drifts from exhilarating to enervating, burying visionary wonders and a gifted cast of amateurs in chaotic clutter that deserves, well, the hook.

Vox

Vox

press

The core concept of Wendy, in which Wendy isn't Peter's devoted follower so much as his headstrong, courageous challenger, is a good one; the movie doesn't do much with it.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

I'm not a fan of the film. There were many aspects from a filmmaking and storytelling process that I found admirable, but I just can't see myself recommending it.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Your wandering attention may begin to fixate on other deficiencies: the flimsiness of the narrative scaffolding, the thinness of the characterisations and the filmmakers' tendency to mistake platitudes for poetry.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Zeitlin - who proves more sentimental about childhood than Barrie - keeps the parts whirring, casting about for meaning that never fully comes.

Collider

Collider

press

Zeitlin's film skillfully explores the despair and beauty of growing up on a dying planet.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Though the film contains some mesmerising visuals, the story does not correspond to the magical images on screen.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Wendy is undoubtedly self-assured and in-your-face, and the gorgeous location photography certainly has an impact. But it's wrecked by chapters so lengthy they become simply excruciating.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

"Wendy" is fun for a while, but as it drags on, it becomes harder to follow - and worse, boring.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Every frame of the film is excitingly alive and freshly conceived, making it something very much worth seeing on the big screen.

Flicks

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

Very much a work of atmospheria, sometimes maddening but with a style, a mood, a feeling impossible to shake.

3.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Zeitlin has no fresh take on the material... it's the usual clichés about resisting the encroaching disillusionment of adult life, filtered through a "grounded" reboot that leeches all the actual excitement and adventure, the magic, out of the story.

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

There's a raw, unrefined energy to Wendy that's charming at first, but quickly gets tiresome

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Benh Zeitlin's take on Peter Pan from Wendy's female perspective is a mixed bag that drifts from exhilarating to enervating, burying visionary wonders and a gifted cast of amateurs in chaotic clutter that deserves, well, the hook.

Vox

Vox

press

The core concept of Wendy, in which Wendy isn't Peter's devoted follower so much as his headstrong, courageous challenger, is a good one; the movie doesn't do much with it.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

I'm not a fan of the film. There were many aspects from a filmmaking and storytelling process that I found admirable, but I just can't see myself recommending it.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Your wandering attention may begin to fixate on other deficiencies: the flimsiness of the narrative scaffolding, the thinness of the characterisations and the filmmakers' tendency to mistake platitudes for poetry.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Zeitlin - who proves more sentimental about childhood than Barrie - keeps the parts whirring, casting about for meaning that never fully comes.

Collider

Collider

press

Zeitlin's film skillfully explores the despair and beauty of growing up on a dying planet.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Though the film contains some mesmerising visuals, the story does not correspond to the magical images on screen.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Wendy is undoubtedly self-assured and in-your-face, and the gorgeous location photography certainly has an impact. But it's wrecked by chapters so lengthy they become simply excruciating.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

"Wendy" is fun for a while, but as it drags on, it becomes harder to follow - and worse, boring.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Every frame of the film is excitingly alive and freshly conceived, making it something very much worth seeing on the big screen.

There are some excellent scenes of frightening maturity that I certainly did not expect from this ‘kids film’, and while those got me more on board with the movie, I was still a little lost as to the story and its purpose. It wasn’t ‘till the closing twenty minutes that I started to feel an overwhelming emotional connection to the film, its characters,...

4.0