Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 Reviews

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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 1, 2000
Even formula-slasher-pic fans are likely to find this hectic, unfocused effort a letdown.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The results should hold your interest, but they're hardly bewitching.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: D-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
A plausible premise, visual tricks and a little blood don't help this sequel to rise above largely formulaic territory.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
The real problem here may be that Blair Witch 2 was made simply -- and only -- because Blair Witch made a lot of money.
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Feels like a big teaser for next year's Blair Witch 3.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
For all its clever notions, Book of Shadows often seems more like a montage of pasted-together images than a coherent horror story.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Though BW2 eschews the first film's jumpy visuals, its erraticism as a narrative is even worse.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, Berlinger has chosen to 'go Hollywood' with his first theatrical feature, which plays more like Wes Craven's Scream 3 than what it should.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The execution isn't quite up to the movie's ambition.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Creating a movie that virtually everyone can hate is no small accomplishment. But filmmaker Joe Berlinger may just have pulled it off.
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January 1, 2000
The inevitable sequel, Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows is upon us. Woe betide us all.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
A muddled if appealing failure.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Book of Shadows isn't going to scare anyone except the bean counters at Artisan who are counting on a big financial return.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
It's better made than the original, and its writing contains a subtlety and wit the original film lacked.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A peerless indignity, a club-footed vomit launch of teen-horror clichés, overproduced self-importance, and scareless gore.
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Dave McCoy
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Sadly, Artisan gave [Berlinger] little time to develop an interesting movie.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Missing from the mix are any characters with whom you'd want to spend one minute around a campfire.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
The movie's various subplots, flashbacks and hallucinations are tripping all over each other.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
If you're going to direct a piece of crass, nonsensical junk, at least have the decency to release it straight to video, where it belongs.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Ambitious but lame.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Not a very lucid piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
[The] tendency to cannibalize and sample from other horror flicks, made popular by the Scream series, is worse than dull. It's parasitic.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The only thing vaguely demonic here is the ease with which a movie as scary and original as The Blair Witch Project can be downloaded into oblivion and compressed into this week's product.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
It's not the first horror movie to end up making no sense, but it may be the first that actually appears proud of the accomplishment.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Intelligent, inventive, worried and surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
A pale shadow of the diabolically clever piece of video hocus-focus that was The Blair Witch Project.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
While Berlinger may indeed be a good documentarian, he seems woefully inept at coaching consistently professional-level performances from young actors in a fictional film.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Just another bad horror film with inadequate young actors chased around a big house by something.