Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Reviews

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November 21, 2016
In all, the movie is a cunning and peppy surprise, dulled only by the news that no less than four sequels await.
November 20, 2016
To its considerable credit, Fantastic Beasts is not the Potter retread it could easily-and very profitably-have been.
November 20, 2016
This film has it all: a cracking story, a morality tale and moments of ripe comedy.
November 18, 2016
The film strains considerably under the weight of all its plot lines-it's never fun to be the movie with the origin story.
November 18, 2016
Rowling has a voluminous imagination and Yates keeps things humming along, although, as was also true of many Potter movies, there is often too much of a good thing.
November 18, 2016
At least the monsters, when compared with their co-stars, have some personality.
November 18, 2016
A lavish visual feast that nonetheless fails to cast any new spells over its audience.
November 17, 2016
Almost every scene has something ingenious and beautifully designed for you to gasp at, and the supernatural hijinks are all underpinned by Rowling's sincere pro-tolerance message. But it's all at the expense of the supposed protagonists.
November 17, 2016
Yates has fresh tricks up his sleeve as he preps for four more planned films. Five years after the last Potter movie, his 20-something fans can age alongside wizards and witches again. Magical.
November 17, 2016
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them turns out to be a hyperbolic name for a pretty so-so movie -- one with entertaining passages, but which mostly feels like a big-budget prequel to the better, more cohesive film that's yet to come.
November 17, 2016
Set against all the thunderous themes are the antics of a bunch of uninspired imaginary animals - sorry, fantastic beasts - and an astonishingly winning cast that very nearly atones for everything else.
November 17, 2016
Extravagant creatures of digital descent can't sustain a story that does little more than set the scene for a long string of sequels.
November 17, 2016
Rowling and her studio are not so much telling a story as erecting another "tentpole," the Hollywood name for a "franchise" that becomes a virus - but is nonetheless regarded as a remedy for red ink. I only wish there were a vaccine.
November 17, 2016
Fantastic Beasts offers a good intro to Potter-iffic times ahead, some of them suitably creepy (note the parental guidance rating) as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald threatens to bring his evil doings across the Pond from Europe.
November 17, 2016
The plot thickens, along with the emotional tension, which was always the best part of the Potter universe, and not the dazzling special effects.
Top Critic
November 17, 2016
This is the first time that David Yates-who directed the final four movies in the Potter series-has been defeated while dueling his wizardly material.
November 17, 2016
What might have been a cynical cash grab is a delightful romp through new but equally spellbinding territory.
November 17, 2016
It's ... not hard to feel a twinge of skepticism, a nagging suspicion that this busy, proficient, uninspired movie is soliciting not our sense of wonderment so much as our brand loyalty.
November 17, 2016
Rowling proves to be a good, sharp hand with dialogue while still having a ways to go in terms of shaping a movie; that said, you can feel her enjoyment in exploring the terrain she has created.
November 17, 2016
The dull special-effects gloss of a fantasy blockbuster only throws [Fogler's] charming performance into greater relief.
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