• 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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Not a very lucid piece of filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Book of Shadows isn't going to scare anyone except the bean counters at Artisan who are counting on a big financial return.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg

I'll make it real simple: This movie is garbage.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

October 10, 2001
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
Eric D. Snider

Not only is it an illogical, nastily violent affair full of stock characters and slasher-movie tactics, but it's a sequel to a movie that absolutely needed no sequel in the first place.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: F

January 1, 2000
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

[It] sounds a death knell for this overhyped marketing phenomenon, and not a moment too soon.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: D

August 13, 2002
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

This Witch smoothes over the on-the-cheap rough edges of the original, while venturing through those same woods basically down a path to nowhere.

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March 24, 2001
Rob Gonsalves

The arguing goes on and on, until you just want someone to die so you can go home already.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

July 23, 2007
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Really bad slasher sequel.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

December 14, 2010
Christopher Null

The film just doesn't make a lot of sense, and it's not compelling enough to make it worth the effort to try and figure out.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: F

January 10, 2003
Rob Blackwelder

Flashy, derivative and makes absolutely no sense. It's not even scary.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The story contains very few chilling moments.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

In ninety minutes of screen time, "Book of Shadows" doesn't provide a single moment of suspense or a single frightening scene.

| Original Score: 4/10

March 15, 2001
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium

This film is an utter travesty for those who loved The Blair Witch Project, those who hated it, and those who didn't really care in the first place.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: D

October 24, 2001
Susan Granger

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2/10

January 1, 2000
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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For all its clever notions, Book of Shadows often seems more like a montage of pasted-together images than a coherent horror story.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: D-

January 1, 2000
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Missing from the mix are any characters with whom you'd want to spend one minute around a campfire.

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
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 7, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Mike Ward
January 1, 2000
Jason Anderson
January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Anchorage Press

June 11, 2001
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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September 26, 2002
Kim Newman
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
David Ansen
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News & Observer, Raleigh, NC

January 1, 2000

Ebert & Roeper
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Toronto Star
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January 1, 2000

April 16, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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