• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Joe Berlinger
    In Theaters:
    Oct 27, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 1, 1998
  • Artisan Entertainment

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Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 Reviews

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Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Like legislation and sausage-making Book of Shadows is not something you want to watch.

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A plausible premise, visual tricks and a little blood don't help this sequel to rise above largely formulaic territory.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The execution isn't quite up to the movie's ambition.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The whole is less than the sum of its parts; it never actually coalesces into a movie.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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A peerless indignity, a club-footed vomit launch of teen-horror clichés, overproduced self-importance, and scareless gore.

January 1, 2000
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune

The unknown actors do a fine job of looking freaked out at all times, but the compassion felt for the original Blair Witch victims isn't translated to these new adventurers.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

January 1, 2000
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times

If it's slicing and dicing you're after, the butchers at the Berkeley Bowl can give you a much more entertaining show and send you home with a spectacular cut of meat.

January 1, 2000
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Unfortunately, Berlinger has chosen to 'go Hollywood' with his first theatrical feature, which plays more like Wes Craven's Scream 3 than what it should.

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

One wonders what Berlinger's intentions were as he clearly didn't set out to make the simple scary movie everyone wants and expects.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Laced with just enough intelligence and originality to modestly recommend it.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

I wasn't a fan of The Blair Witch Project, but it is a cinematic masterpiece of originality compared to its sequel.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 4/10

January 1, 2000
Dave McCoy
Seattle Times
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Sadly, Artisan gave [Berlinger] little time to develop an interesting movie.

January 1, 2000
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Creating a movie that virtually everyone can hate is no small accomplishment. But filmmaker Joe Berlinger may just have pulled it off.

January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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While Berlinger may indeed be a good documentarian, he seems woefully inept at coaching consistently professional-level performances from young actors in a fictional film.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

January 1, 2000
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen

A dull, pointless movie that only serves to cash in on the name of the first film.

January 1, 2000
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A tedious experience.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

January 1, 2000
John Anderson
Newsday
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The movie's various subplots, flashbacks and hallucinations are tripping all over each other.

January 1, 2000
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Though BW2 eschews the first film's jumpy visuals, its erraticism as a narrative is even worse.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

This is industrial Hollywood at its worst -- a studio throwing together a cheap, thoughtless, self-referential quickie that betrays virtually everything about the spirit of its predecessor.

January 1, 2000
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

MTV newshound Kurt Loder's wizened face is the first image in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, and that's about as scary as this loser movie gets.

January 1, 2000
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