Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has glimmers of the magic familiar to Harry Potter fans, but the story's spell isn't as strong as earlier installments.

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Movie Info

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Cast

Johnny Depp
as Gellert Grindelwald
Kevin Guthrie
as Abernathy
Carmen Ejogo
as Seraphina Picquery
Wolf Roth
as Spielman
Eddie Redmayne
as Newt Scamander
Zoë Kravitz
as Leta Lestrange
Callum Turner
as Theseus Scamander
Derek Riddell
as Torquil Travers
Cornell John
as Arnold Guzman
Ezra Miller
as Credence Barebone
Maja Bloom
as Carrow
Jude Law
as Albus Dumbledore
Dan Fogler
as Jacob Kowalski
Alison Sudol
as Queenie Goldstein
Katherine Waterston
as Tina Goldstein
Alfie Mailley
as Child in Bubble
William Nadylam
as Yusuf Kama
David Wilmot
as Portkey Tout
Ed Gaughan
as French Policeman
Olivia Popica
as Receptionist
Daniele Hugues
as Irma Dugard
Isaac Cortinovis Johnson
as McClaggan's Friend
Alfie Simmons
as McClaggan
Fiona Glascott
as Minerva McGonagall
Jamie Campbell Bower
as Young Grindelwald
Toby Regbo
as Young Dumbledore
Jemima Woolnough
as Gryffindor Girl
Hollie Burgess
as Gryffindor Girl
Thea Lamb
as Young Leta Lestrange (13-16 Years Old)
Joshua Shea
as Young Newt (13-16 Years Old)
Alfrun Rose
as Red-Haired Witch
Brontis Jodorowsky
as Nicolas Flamel
Jessica Williams
as Eulalie Flamel
Isaura Barbe
as Brown-Laurena Kama
Hugh Quarshie
as Mustafa Kama
Isaac Domingos
as Yusuf Kama (12 Years Old)
Keith Chanter
as Corvus Lestrange Senior
Ruby Woolfenden
as Young Leta Lestrange (3-6 Years Old)
Linda Santiago
as Credence's Aunt
Christopher Birks
as Young Auror-Auditorium
Simon Wan
as Chang
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

All Critics (323) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (206)

  • A bunch of building at this stage. At some point, I want to live in the world, not watch it being put together.

    March 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Never for a frame less than gorgeous to the eye, its beauty saves these beasts.

    November 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • About as exciting as a trip to Hogwarts's most neglected lavatory.

    November 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Dash it all, even the devoted will likely struggle with the reams of expository talk and gobs of unearned feeling and scads of largely pointless beasties, plus some just plain lazy visuals (looking at you, magic cats).

    November 16, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • More workmanlike than magical, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" nevertheless feels like an upgrade from its predecessor, one that adds star power, introduces key characters and lays the foundation for a genuine "Wizarding World" franchise.

    November 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • The Crimes of Grindelwald feels hollow and disconnected, like it could have been made by anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Rowling's wizarding world.

    November 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

  • Aug 10, 2020
    I re-watched the original Fantastic Beasts today to prep for Crimes of Grindelwald and it made me realise that the only reason I gave that first film a positive review was because of Queenie Goldstein. She's just such a sweetheart. Her character wasn't the only thing I liked about that movie, but without her, it still gets pushed down into Rotten. So when they took her in this one and first made her a rapist and then a Nazis, I was uh... Not exactly stoked. But that's a personal thing, and I try to, at least partially, put that aside and review on things like technical aspect. And in that Avenue, Crimes of Grindelwald is an abysmal failure. This is not the outright worst film of the year, but it was definitely the worst one I've seen in cinemas for a long damn time.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2019
    This has a large canvas but the storyline is uneventful and misleading. This is a world building movie, nothing more. Depp is great and attempts to inject himself into the series, but he is missing for most of the film. Redmayne is sidelined for this film and all the hard work from the last film feel like nothing. Comparing this to the first is unavoidable and sadly this never feels like the fun filled film that was. I wanted a complete film with hints for the next, but this plays out like a saga film and offers little. Great cast are not allowed substance and this film is the least liked of the overall franchise. Too much of everything and offering nothing. 07/07/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2019
    Even if the first one lacked compelling characters, it at least felt like they were trying something different. This one just feels like a rehash while having too much plot.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2019
    What a disappointment! Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was such a waste of time that I could have slept right through and woken up just for the final 15 minutes and never missed a thing. For a die hard fan, I left the cinema feeling betrayed and milked by a greedy film studio and an author who should leave writing screenplays to real screenplay writers. The uneven pacing and poor direction gave me cause to yawn, The one thing that really got me irritated was the ensemble cast in this latest "universe". Sadly, it was one too many bad actors and terrible acting. I have to say Johnny Depp didn't fit in this universe at all, as his celebrity status came across as bigger than the character. You don't see Grindelwald, you just see Johnny Depp. Acting fail. Eddie Redmayne as the main lead Newt Scamander felt like a fly on the wall as CGI took over with all the myriad characters and subplots creating more meandering and tested my patience. Unless there's a change to the screenwriter and the director, I'm not watching the next segment. Don't waste my time.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer

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