• 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

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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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 19, 2002
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
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| Original Score: D

April 23, 2001
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Even formula-slasher-pic fans are likely to find this hectic, unfocused effort a letdown.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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The results should hold your interest, but they're hardly bewitching.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

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

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

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
Film.com
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Feels like a big teaser for next year's Blair Witch 3.

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
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
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
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
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
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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The inevitable sequel, Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows is upon us. Woe betide us all.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 1, 2000
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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A muddled if appealing failure.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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It's better made than the original, and its writing contains a subtlety and wit the original film lacked.

January 1, 2000

Ebert & Roeper
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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
Dave McCoy
Seattle Times
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Sadly, Artisan gave [Berlinger] little time to develop an interesting movie.

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

January 1, 2000
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

January 1, 2000
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Ambitious but lame.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 1, 2000
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

Toronto Star
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January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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[The] tendency to cannibalize and sample from other horror flicks, made popular by the Scream series, is worse than dull. It's parasitic.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

January 1, 2000
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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.

January 1, 2000
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Intelligent, inventive, worried and surprising.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A pale shadow of the diabolically clever piece of video hocus-focus that was The Blair Witch Project.

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

January 1, 2000
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