Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 Reviews

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Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Like legislation and sausage-making Book of Shadows is not something you want to watch.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
A plausible premise, visual tricks and a little blood don't help this sequel to rise above largely formulaic territory.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The execution isn't quite up to the movie's ambition.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
The whole is less than the sum of its parts; it never actually coalesces into a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A peerless indignity, a club-footed vomit launch of teen-horror clichés, overproduced self-importance, and scareless gore.
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
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.
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
January 1, 2000
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.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
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.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 0/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Laced with just enough intelligence and originality to modestly recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
I wasn't a fan of The Blair Witch Project, but it is a cinematic masterpiece of originality compared to its sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Dave McCoy
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Sadly, Artisan gave [Berlinger] little time to develop an interesting movie.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Creating a movie that virtually everyone can hate is no small accomplishment. But filmmaker Joe Berlinger may just have pulled it off.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
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.
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen
January 1, 2000
A dull, pointless movie that only serves to cash in on the name of the first film.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 1, 2000
A tedious experience.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
The movie's various subplots, flashbacks and hallucinations are tripping all over each other.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Though BW2 eschews the first film's jumpy visuals, its erraticism as a narrative is even worse.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
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.
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