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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews

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November 22, 2015
Harry Potter and his friends may soar through the air on broomsticks and dangle from flying cars, but the film itself never takes flight the way it ought to.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
December 6, 2014
Director Chris Columbus has pushed the envelope farther, made a sequel that is pacier and more swashbuckling. Yet it still feels cautious and reined-in.
December 6, 2014
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is darker, funnier and finer than its forerunner Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 6, 2014
Chamber Of Secrets is funnier and more exciting than the first Harry Potter movie, and adorned with some of the most stunning special effects ever.
Brian Linder
IGN Movies
December 6, 2014
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets isn't perfect, but it's everything it should be: fun, exciting, humorous and stirring.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 6, 2014
Have no fear, you legions of Potter fans: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a solid step forward in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling's much-read novels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
December 6, 2014
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is good enough to satisfy hard-core fans, even if it falls short of being truly transporting moviemaking.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 6, 2014
Columbus' pacing is still murderously slow, his ideas as pedestrian as the worst TV.
Philip Kerr
New Statesman
December 6, 2014
Apart from a rather pointless cameo from Kenneth Branagh and a rather peaky-looking Richard Harris, in truth there was nothing in HP2 that we hadn't already seen in HP1.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
December 6, 2014
Despite its sophomoric awkwardness, the Chamber of Secrets is a welcome delivery of childlike wonder for a planet of ever- increasing ugliness.
Michael Kleinschrodt
Times-Picayune
December 6, 2014
Although it's unlikely to make converts of the uninitiated, fans of the series and its characters will find the movie to be a worthy entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
KJB
IGN Movies
December 6, 2014
It appears that the production has learned from its mistakes and managed to put together the kind of film that deserves to be a part of young adult film folklore for generations to come.
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 26, 2013
This new Harry Potter has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first.
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Michael Agger
New Yorker
November 26, 2013
Two down, presumably five to go, and already the franchise is entering dangerous territory: if you aren't one of the many who know their Harry Potter chapter and verse, prepare for a nap.
James Keith La Croix
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 26, 2013
Columbus carefully avoids overly replaying the visual wonders of his first episode, and heedfully edits and amplifies Rowling's story for the screen, preserving its spooky darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
November 26, 2013
Better story, better acting, better characters and better effects. All they need is to sort out the dialogue next time, and everyone's a winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 26, 2013
[Chamber of Secrets] is more tightly plotted than the original film and boasts a welcome, lighter touch in its early scenes. But it devolves, during its wearying 161-min. running time, into a been-there-fought-that action hero yarn.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
November 26, 2013
Director Chris Columbus (again working from a screenplay by Steve Kloves) has allowed some mechanical repetition to creep in, but overall this manages to be ingenious as well as faithful to its source.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Screen International
November 26, 2013
The three main child actors, including Emma Watson as Hermione, have gained in confidence and grown nicely into their roles and all of the regular ensemble from the first film return.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 26, 2013
Radcliffe, 3 inches taller and an octave lower than last year, is growing comfortably into his character, as is Watson, the fetching and confident Hermione.
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