Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
November 26, 2013

This new Harry Potter has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first.

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.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Top Critic
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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 15, 2013

A good entertaining film with a lot of imagination...

Daniel Saney
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

Possibly second only to Goblet of Fire of all the Potter films to date, Chamber of Secrets should please fans and muggles alike.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

June 27, 2011

Those who adore the books may bemoan the flat emotional landscape of the films, which are less easy to engage with. Fans of the first film will be suitably entertained.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
June 27, 2011

Scary spiders, impressive effects and a barnstorming Branagh add pizzazz to Potter.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010

Action- and creature-packed Potter sequel.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
January 29, 2009

Everything about The Sorcerer's Stone pretty much applies to the adaptation of the second novel in the series.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

Allow yourself the luxury of discovering this enchanted world for yourself.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 24, 2007

The exciting second chapter in the Harry Potter chronicle that in many ways surpasses the original.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007

Though these films are trifles, they are at least high quality trifles.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wally Hammond
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

The franchise is safe! Columbus' second alchemical movie ups the thrill quotient to satisfy the faithful. There's more action, and it's scarier.

Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005

May just be the most quintessential Steven Spielberg movie Steven Spielberg never made.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005

This second effort is even better than the first go around.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005

An enjoyable sequel.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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