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Director P.J. Hogan's take on J.M. Barrie's classic does a better job than previous adaptations at capturing its melancholy, not to say its weird sexual vibe. Individual scenes have a nice wistful quality, and the art design (patterned after Maxfield Parrish's paintings) is often beautiful. But Hogan can't sustain the tone over the long haul—the only thing holding the visual set pieces together is James Newton Howard's bludgeoning score. Jason Isaacs has some fun in the dual roles of Captain Hook and Mr. Darling, and Jeremy Sumpter gives Peter Pan the right mix of playfulness and savagery, but none of the other actors is given much to work with. It's a bad sign when you can't name or differentiate any of the Lost Boys. PG, 113 min.

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