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

Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 Reviews

David Ansen
Newsweek
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March 31, 2008


Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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September 26, 2002


Globe and Mail
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March 19, 2002

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
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April 23, 2001

| Original Score: D
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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January 1, 2000

Even formula-slasher-pic fans are likely to find this hectic, unfocused effort a letdown.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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January 1, 2000

The results should hold your interest, but they're hardly bewitching.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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January 1, 2000

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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January 1, 2000

| Original Score: D-
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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January 1, 2000

A plausible premise, visual tricks and a little blood don't help this sequel to rise above largely formulaic territory.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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January 1, 2000

The real problem here may be that Blair Witch 2 was made simply -- and only -- because Blair Witch made a lot of money.

Sean Means
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

Feels like a big teaser for next year's Blair Witch 3.

Stephen Holden
New York Times
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January 1, 2000

For all its clever notions, Book of Shadows often seems more like a montage of pasted-together images than a coherent horror story.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

Though BW2 eschews the first film's jumpy visuals, its erraticism as a narrative is even worse.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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January 1, 2000

The execution isn't quite up to the movie's ambition.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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January 1, 2000

The inevitable sequel, Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows is upon us. Woe betide us all.

Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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January 1, 2000

A muddled if appealing failure.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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January 1, 2000

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 | Original Score: 1/4
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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January 1, 2000

It's better made than the original, and its writing contains a subtlety and wit the original film lacked.


Ebert & Roeper
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January 1, 2000

Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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January 1, 2000

A peerless indignity, a club-footed vomit launch of teen-horror clichés, overproduced self-importance, and scareless gore.

Dave McCoy
Seattle Times
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January 1, 2000

Sadly, Artisan gave [Berlinger] little time to develop an interesting movie.

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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January 1, 2000

Missing from the mix are any characters with whom you'd want to spend one minute around a campfire.

John Anderson
Newsday
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January 1, 2000

The movie's various subplots, flashbacks and hallucinations are tripping all over each other.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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January 1, 2000

If you're going to direct a piece of crass, nonsensical junk, at least have the decency to release it straight to video, where it belongs.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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January 1, 2000

Ambitious but lame.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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January 1, 2000

Not a very lucid piece of filmmaking.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Toronto Star
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January 1, 2000

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

[The] tendency to cannibalize and sample from other horror flicks, made popular by the Scream series, is worse than dull. It's parasitic.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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January 1, 2000

The only thing vaguely demonic here is the ease with which a movie as scary and original as The Blair Witch Project can be downloaded into oblivion and compressed into this week's product.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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January 1, 2000

It's not the first horror movie to end up making no sense, but it may be the first that actually appears proud of the accomplishment.

Tom Long
Detroit News
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January 1, 2000

Intelligent, inventive, worried and surprising.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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January 1, 2000

A pale shadow of the diabolically clever piece of video hocus-focus that was The Blair Witch Project.

Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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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.

Robert Horton
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

Just another bad horror film with inadequate young actors chased around a big house by something.