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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews

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Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It's not all bad. But there are wasted, senseless scenes of characters about to head to the Quidditch pitch for a game that doesn't happen and time-eating speeches about how "This could mean the end of Hogwarts" (Crikey, again?)

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2013
Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today

"The Chamber of Secrets," while more visually striking and entertaining, still suffers from many of the same problems that plagued "The Sorcerer's Stone."

Full Review Source: Greater Milwaukee Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2002
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

How desperate is Columbus if his creepy spiders look, act, and sound just like the Eight Legged Freaks

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Swims in mediocrity, sticking its head up for a breath of fresh air now and then.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2002
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

It's a depressing reality to face, but the second of J.K. Rowling's boy-wizard books was the least interesting read... and hasn't fared much better on film.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C+

October 7, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The sense of discovery, that initial encounter with the stories' vivid characters and whimsical parallel universe, is missing. In its stead comes frantic activity.

November 8, 2002
Victoria Alexander

Incredibly, once again, screenwriter Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus deliver a movie without passion.

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November 11, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Big, dull and empty.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 15, 2002
Christopher Null

Mercilessly padded, the movie drags us through ages of all-too-familiar territory.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

November 14, 2002
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)

Their thoughts were how to make the book into a movie, not how to make a great movie.

Full Review Source: KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX) | Original Score: C+

November 13, 2002
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

A watered-down, CG-saturated nod to moviemaking convention.

Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

November 12, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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It's smartly produced and slightly more streamlined than Sorcerer's Stone, its predecessor, but at almost three hours it's still too slavishly faithful to its source and will no doubt try the patience of Muggle moppets.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Crammed full of labyrinthine plot twists, this second installment will delight Potter-crazy kids even as their parents grow restless at the 2-hour-and -41-minute running time.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Once again, director Chris Columbus takes a hat-in-hand approach to Rowling that stifles creativity and allows the film to drag on for nearly three hours.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Just as often the film is as monotonous and despair-inducing as three hours on an airplane with nothing to read but the in-flight magazine.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Punishingly long and slow in parts.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 20, 2003
David Keyes

When it comes to the imagination scale, Harry Potter has everything it needs. But what does it all really amount to in the end? Not much of a payoff, I'm afraid.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2002
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Like many children I've met, director Chris Columbus seems never to have heard the word no.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 27, 2011
Brian Mckay

I still don't understand how J.K. Rowling could have made such obscene gobs of cash off of such a simple and overwrought premise ... I'll stick with LORD OF THE RINGS

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2003
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Harry's latest adventure has enough snakes, mandrakes, phoenix tears, Cornish pixies, climaxes and denouements to scare the J.R.R. Tolkien out of you.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 11, 2002
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