Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Reviews

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October 3, 2019
A bloated hodgepodge of tangential creature-related asides distract from a tedious ho-hum narrative.
June 25, 2019
Fantastic Beasts is an unnecessary installment of a beloved franchise that features a stupid caricature doing slapstick comedy, a repetitive villain, racist characters, and poor acting. Sorry Potterheads, you just got Phantom Menace-d.
April 2, 2019
There is fun to be had with the magical beasts and characters like Queenie but it's hard to endorse a movie when I can't understand the lead character most of the time.
November 4, 2018
The closest thing to the grotesque incestuous f***pile that defines the deeper recesses of modern "fanfic" culture ever to grace a movie screen: a Doctor Who meets Pokemon mash-up rewritten into a tangential Harry Potter prequel.
November 2, 2018
As the credits rolled and the foreknowledge of a collective eight-to-ten more hours of this stuff hit me, all I felt was fatigue.
August 28, 2018
As the audience, we have developed no connection whatsoever with the characters that we are about to see, yet the film is trying evoke memories of a deep past that earned its affection over the course of a decade.
June 13, 2018
Great if you fear change but if you're looking for depth, fresh eyes, or diversity, this ain't the film for you.
March 21, 2018
Fantastic Beasts feels like a missed opportunity for Rowling...While there are flashes of wonder and whimsy, there seems little in these characters that would support an ambitious, five-part franchise.
August 25, 2017
"Annoying" is the perfect term for his portrayal of Fantastic Beasts' hero, Newt Scamander, a shrugging, slumping sack of stammers and tics.
June 1, 2017
[It] will make for a marvelous theme park attraction someday. But as a movie, as a vessel for narrative and ideas enacted by recognizably human characters, it fails to tap into the same simple potency that Harry and Co. wielded from book one.
March 9, 2017
The film wants so badly to be fun and silly, but I'm sorry to say it's an old-fashioned dud.
January 2, 2017
Rowling may be back, but her magic has largely been lost.
December 30, 2016
This is the beginning of a series, and it offers passable entertainment for fans, but let's hope it gets better.
December 26, 2016
The same-same beasts are only one of the many 21st-century cliches that hobble this over-long, under-whelming film
December 25, 2016
It feels more like a knowledge building history lesson rather than an exciting, free-flowing adventure.
December 22, 2016
David Yates directs a movie that is entertaining but never garners all that much excitement, and it's an emotional flatline for the bulk of the film.
December 22, 2016
The plot loses its foothold just as the momentum should be taking over, leading us into a barrage of meandering episodes that lack the compelling gravity you would expect out of this ambitious world.
December 19, 2016
A visual and magical delight that isn't enough to be enchanting for all muggles; It doesn't petrify emotions as a good spell. [Full review in Spanish]
December 12, 2016
It's just too bad this feels more like the set-up for later films than a strong, standalone movie, with lead characters who feel thinner than some of the smallest cameo roles in Rowling's novels.
December 9, 2016
The plot of Fantastic Beasts seems so disinterested in the urgency of their conflict, that quickly infects us with that disinterest. [Full review in Spanish]
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