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Phoebe in Wonderland

Whether at home or at school, 9-year-old Phoebe (Elle Fanning) always seems to get in trouble for breaking the rules. When her drama teacher (Patricia Clarkson) casts her in a production of "Alice in Wonderland," Phoebe begins to receive personal advice from the play's characters. Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman and Campbell Scott also star in this fantastical tale about inspiration and overcoming adversity.
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It needs the power of imagination to be done effectively and I just didn't think it was here.
Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies  full review
 
I thought this was delightful, a little depressing at times but with three stellar performances from Fanning, Huffman, and Patricia Clarkson.
Ben Lyons, At the Movies  full review
 
[Elle Fanning is] an astonishingly natural and unmannered actress who carries this rather ungainly movie on her narrow shoulders.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
 
Barnz has made a poignant family movie that, despite its thematic material and brief profanity, is appropriate for mature 10-year-olds and older.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
Let Clarkson and Fanning take you to the rabbit hole of seductive enchantment that defines this movie.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone  full review
 
Writer-director Daniel Barnz manages to achieve a true and delicate balance for much of Phoebe in Wonderland, his first feature, but ultimately undermines himself with heavy-handed and rather hackneyed whimsy.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press  full review
 
It's a rare thing when a labor of love turns out to be worth both the labor and the love.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
It leaves you frustrated and annoyed.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
 
An uneven, unfocused amalgamation of ideas and moods that is at times deeply moving nonetheless.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
 
It's that kind of movie, full of therapeutic notions paraded as poetry and scenes that seem to carry explanatory labels.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
Elle Fanning, and her audience, deserve better.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
 
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.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
Phoebe appears to have obsessive-compulsive disorder (or something), but Phoebe in Wonderland is so intent on celebrating her as 'special' that it quirks up the trauma of her issues.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
The performances are transcendent -- especially Fanning's, as the little girl who wants to get better, who wants to be better, as she slowly disappears through the Looking Glass.
Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice  full review
 
Barnz arbitrarily posits a nonsensical series of school "rules" to embody conformity, while imagination is repped by Tourette syndrome.
Ronnie Scheib, Variety  full review
 
The mesmerizing performance of [Elle] Fanning as the gifted and troubled young Phoebe sparks the picture.
Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
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