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Based on 20 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Let Clarkson and Fanning take you to the rabbit hole of seductive enchantment that defines this movie. And don't ask what to do -- jump. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a delicate, intelligent movie about modern parenthood and the pressures that children face, and it features a cast of talented actors who were clearly committed to the movie's message. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Elle Fanning is wondrous in Phoebe in Wonderland. But the movie is an uneven, unfocused amalgamation of ideas and moods that is at times deeply moving nonetheless. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Not even she (Patricia Clarkson), however, can save a movie that suffers from terminal self-enchantment. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    So realistic are Phoebe's quicksilver emotions that at first it doesn't seem Fanning is acting at all. That helps to ground the film, which swings seamlessly from the world of grown-up expectations to that of childhood reverie and rebellion. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    So much of this irritating film from first-time writer-director Daniel Barnz feels like a writing exercise it's amazing Elle Fanning, in the title role, comes off as well as she does. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The mesmerizing performance of Fanning as the gifted and troubled young Phoebe sparks the picture. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Phoebe in Wonderland happens to be at least partly a Lifetime movie, but this special little film is no disease-of-the-week tear-jerker. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Phoebe in Wonderland gradually loses its grip on tone and believability, climaxing with a show-must-go-on moment that's just plain silly. Thankfully, Barnz knows exactly where to end his film: on the face of a girl, and an actress, at the crossroads. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    Director Daniel Barnz produces an enjoyable film that reminds us that imagination is a precious commodity which adults need to nurture by allowing kids to jump. show more

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