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Reviews: Pan (2015)

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  • [New – 12/3/15] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Pan just is a disaster, though through no fault of its lead, Levi Miller, who is making his film debut with this production, and it is such a shame that he landed in this turkey.
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Aberrante e hipercolorida precuela del clásico eterno de la literatura con Joe Wright a los mandos, que no tiene por dónde agarrarse en una lectura general. Sin público definido, feamente presentada y hortera en su puesta en escena y toma de decisiones técnicas.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Divertida y llena de nostalgia en algunos momentos, pero pálida y floja en otros, Pan termina siendo una mezcla de emociones. Aunque deja mucho que desear en historia, Pan sí ofrece magia en algunas secuencias de acción y visuales. En fin, Pan es una bienvenida entrada a la mitología de Peter Pan, que aunque tienes sus fallos, está muy lejos de ser mala. Gracias al polvillo de hadas, Pan te mantendrá entretenido hasta el final.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Screenwriter Jason Fuchs (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”) creates a prequel to the J.M. Barrie classic, sprinkling it with insider nods to what is yet to come but British director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Hanna”) has gone bonkers putting it on the screen.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: The Harry Potter influence is only the tip of the iceberg. Screenwriter Fuchs, who has a longer resumé as an actor, has shaken the Peter Pan story up in a grab bag of Hollywood clichés without adding anything genuinely original. In fact, the only property he doesn’t seem to want to imitate is J.M. Barrie himself.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie’s generic plot and characters … are entirely in the service of its design elements.
  • Hugo Gomes @ [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: A grotesque, fantasy/adventure flop…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Courtney Howard @
    • Excerpt: Other films have proven that there’s always a clever way to tell the origin story of Peter Pan. It’s just too bad director Joe Wright’s PAN doesn’t ever find it.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: An embarrassingly empty pastiche of numerous beloved action blockbusters, all frenetic action and soulless mishmashes of fantasy imagery.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: It’s quirky. There is no reason for the kids to sing “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” but it will make you smile because it is so out of place it just about fits.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Pan starts to soar with promise, but how well the film begins tricks audiences into thinking the rest of it will be just as magical, whimsical, and imaginative. So much for happy thoughts.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • James Marsh @ TwitchFilm
    • Excerpt: Following his adaptations of Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina, Joe Wright next turns his attentions to J.M. Barrie’s boy who never grew up. But instead of bringing the adventures of Peter, Wendy and Captain Hook to the big screen, Pan is a prequel, charting Peter’s arrival in Neverland and showdown with legendary pirate Blackbeard. What’s most surprising is that despite pushing fans well outside their comfort zones, Pan actually proves relatively entertaining.
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: With that said: is it necessary? The honest truth is no. I won’t deny that the journey is fun or that Miller shines in his feature lead debut, but it’s hard not to call it highly polished fan-fiction.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Panned…?
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: There’s a lot wrong with Pan and sadly little Wright.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: Despite the vibrant visuals and the given big screen blueprint for ‘Peter Pan’s endearing legacy, Wright’s toothless tale of flashy action and adventure may just prove to be another proverbial flash in the ‘Pan’. Unfortunately for Pan, one might end up saying never mind to the boisterous yet aimless shenanigans situated in Neverland.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Pan was better when it was done by the Wachowskis as “The Matrix.”
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Raucous, bloated with special effects and thoroughly lacking in charm, “Pan” is the rare family movie that should appeal to no group along the age spectrum.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Worth seeing for some of the amazing special effects, especially when Peter Pan learns he can fly.
  • David Upton @ Front Row Reviews
    • Excerpt: Joe Wright takes on a classic English story, but the American filmmaking clichés make for a brash, bewildering mess.
  • Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist
    • Excerpt: … essentially Hook for the Avatar generation.
  • George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd. [Greek]
Updated: December 3, 2015 — 8:32 pm
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