Phoebe in Wonderland
Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)

Felicity Huffman, Elle Fanning, and Patricia Clarkson star in director/screenwriter Daniel Barnz's illuminating tale of parenting and growth concerning an exceptional young girl whose troubling retreat into fantasy draws the concern of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Blessed with a good cast, Phoebe's heart is in the right place, but its execution is dicey.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

It needs the power of imagination to be done effectively and I just didn't think it was here.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Though Phoebe is nearly too dark for children and nearly too simple for adults, it succeeds as a swirling reminder of what it felt like to get lost in imagination

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Elle Fanning is vivid in her conveyance of the hurt, anger and loneliness of being different.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

I thought this was delightful, a little depressing at times but with three stellar performances from Fanning, Huffman, and Patricia Clarkson.

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Dana Stevens

[Elle Fanning is] an astonishingly natural and unmannered actress who carries this rather ungainly movie on her narrow shoulders.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

An interesting look at a little girl's struggle to control her disease.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

There's a lot more perspiration than inspiration.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Barnz has made a poignant family movie that, despite its thematic material and brief profanity, is appropriate for mature 10-year-olds and older.

Michael Dequina

The whimsical and outlandish flights of fantasy are what initially grab the attention, but the greatest virtues are the authentic performances by the cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Bowler
The film's strength lies in its candid portrayal of a young girl afflicted and in Elle Fanning's Phoebe. Full review later.
Morgan Salem
This is NOT a childrens' movies. Don't go to Red-Box see the cover and think "O how sweet! A new Alice in Wonderland with Dakota Fannings'… More
"Elle Fanning is every bit as talented as her older sister Dakota. She gives a great performance in <b>Phoebe in Wonderland</b>. Phoebe is a… More
Alexis Nomm
This wasn't the movie I wanted it to be. It's about a troubled girl who finds her school's production of Alice In Wonderland, which ends up… More
Jim Hunter
A troubled ten-year-old gets cast as Alice in the school play version of Alice in Wonderland and copes with the pressures of growing up different than her… More
paul sandberg
Although at times coming off as a film version of a play, this film has a heart and soul, as well as an imagination that, like falling down the rabbit hole,… More