Parents' Guide to

Wendy

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Updated Peter Pan story has striking visuals, uneven plot.

Movie PG-13 2020 112 minutes
Wendy Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Not for kids!!!

This movie is not for children under 13, maybe even older if your child is sensitive. My daughter is afraid to go to sleep now. Like others have reported, the chopping off the hand really freaked out all of us. The movie itself is not bad, just very suspenseful and unsettling. I told my daughter the moral of the story was that a mother's love is the guiding light home, no matter what hard or dark situation a person might find themselves in life. I think it's safe to say this ruined Peter Pan for us for a long time.
age 13+

Promoting Children's Danger

Watched this boring drama with our 12 and 15 year old; absolutely horrible movie. I believe anyone working on this movie should attend the funeral of every child killed by these ridiculous notions. Want to be young forever? Then this movie says step 1 = run away from home, step 2 = jump on a train, step 3 = dive and swim on the rocky coastline while ocean waves are crashing against you and finally step 4 = if that doesn't work swim into an underwater submerged ship to risk drowning. Oh, and if you miss your brother that drowns and feel sad, then you will grow old and ugly instantly.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (8 ):

This visually impressive Peter Pan retelling focuses on Wendy but lacks a strong narrative thread beyond the chaotic wonder of a potentially never-ending childhood. Parts of the film are lovely and memorable, and in terms of cinematography, score, and production design, the movie is impressive. But the plot and the dialogue beg more questions than they answer, and there are upsetting twists that will leave viewers unsatisfied and disappointed, given the source material.

France is an expressive young actor, and -- like Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project -- she's able to convey a lot. In fact, most of the amateur young actors do a good job, although they mostly just have to play, run, and scream in delight (there's quite a lot of hollering). The emphasis on the setting and the story's allegorical elements may lack appeal for younger viewers, but older moviegoers could be intrigued to figure out what Zeitlin is trying to say about childhood, adulthood, and what's lost and gained in the adventure of growing up. One character's story arc in particular fits into the Pan legend but is deeply upsetting to the point of being an unforgivable flaw. There's a lot to unpack in this leisurely paced, thoughtful examination of Peter Pan, but the movie falls short of the greatness expected as the follow-up to Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate