Phoebe in Wonderland Synopsis
Phoebe retreats into a world of her imagination.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

The mesmerizing performance of Fanning as the gifted and troubled young Phoebe sparks the picture.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a delicate, intelligent movie about modern parenthood and the pressures that children face, and it features a cast of talented actors...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Phoebe in Wonderland gradually loses its grip on tone and believability, climaxing with a show-must-go-on moment that's just plain silly....
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Elle Fanning is wondrous in Phoebe in Wonderland. But the movie is an uneven, unfocused amalgamation of ideas and moods that is at times...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As the school drama teacher who tries to unlock ''the real,'' Patricia Clarkson makes high theatrical solemnity funny.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Not even she (Patricia Clarkson), however, can save a movie that suffers from terminal self-enchantment.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
So much of this irritating film from first-time writer-director Daniel Barnz feels like a writing exercise it's amazing Elle Fanning, in...
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One of the best movies at Sundance

By llavender
I saw this film at Sundance 08 and I absolutely loved it. Writer/Director Daniel Barnz does an amazing job with this imaginative story about a young girl dealing with the absence of her mother while...

Amazing! Epic!

By bwbabymovielover
This is beautiful movie! It is visually stunning and it transports you into wonderland with the rest of the characters. The acting is tremendous. Elle Fanning gives a performance beyond her years....

Phoebe in Wonderland

By kbmancini
This was an extremely moving, touching story. It started out a bit slow, but when it picked up, I was hooked....

One of the best films I've seen.

By denoose
Everything about this movie is great...the writing...directing...acting It is one of the best films I've ever seen about the rewards and challenges of parenting and childhood. What I...

By aluzano

Phoebe in Wonderland -- fabulous!

By lizzielu
Funny, heart-wrenching, thoughtful, intriguing, beautiful... just a few of the words that enter my mind as I think about Phoebe. I can't wait to see it again! Daniel Barnz is someone to watch......

Phoebe in Wonderland

By gofan1
Terrific and so moving. Wonderful acting!...

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Rated PG-13 | For thematic material and brief strong language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Touching, at times intense drama teaches tolerance, empathy.
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