Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Reviews

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May 8, 2020
I thought it was pretty boring.
May 8, 2020
It was a horrible, awful misstep.
March 31, 2020
If it is a fantasy story that includes historical elements but isn't strict about accuracy then there is no reason for the casting to not reflect the diversity of modern audiences...
February 13, 2020
While Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn't all the way a good movie, it has promise.
December 6, 2019
Is it a blatant cash grab from Warner Brothers or a creative return to an expansive world we all knew J.K. Rowling couldn't abandon entirely? Of course it's both.
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.
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