Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Reviews

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March 4, 2019
A bunch of building at this stage. At some point, I want to live in the world, not watch it being put together.
November 19, 2018
Never for a frame less than gorgeous to the eye, its beauty saves these beasts.
November 18, 2018
About as exciting as a trip to Hogwarts's most neglected lavatory.
November 16, 2018
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
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
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
Despite being light in the story department, The Crimes of Grindelwald offers plenty of small pleasures and tightens up the linkage between this series and Harry Potter.
November 16, 2018
The "Fantastic Beasts" films have as much to do with the Potter world as the current Detroit Pistons have to do with the championship winning Bad Boys.
Top Critic
November 15, 2018
Congratulations to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald for being the first flat-out terrible product of the Harry Potter expanded universe.
Top Critic
November 15, 2018
No, it doesn't work. No, it's not, not even a little bit, good. But it's familiar.
November 15, 2018
The Crimes of Grindelwald is a tiresome slog - but it ends well.
November 15, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is much better than its predecessor in this Harry Potter-adjacent franchise, if only because it's a whole movie.
November 15, 2018
While it's often great fun to look at, "Crimes of Grindelwald" fails at what should be Rowling's great strength: storytelling. Three more to go, and an infusion of magic is desperately needed.
November 15, 2018
The twists get twistier as the film hurtles toward a climax at Paris' Pere Lachaise Cemetery. But the getting there, which should be half the fun, turns out to be a bit of a slog. Fine for Pottermores, but a trial for us Muggles.
November 15, 2018
There's indeed magic to be found here, as well as visual wonder, but there's also an unwieldy amount of character and plot.
November 15, 2018
The world Rowling dreamt up during the Tony Blair era is getting no richer after this installment, but its creator and various producers certainly will be.
November 15, 2018
A dark but entertaining second chapter in J.K. Rowling's five-film series.
November 15, 2018
"The Crimes of Grindelwald" is often dazzling, occasionally wondrous and always atmospheric. But is also a bit of a mess. Even magic bags can be overweight.
November 15, 2018
There's a lot to take in. As well as being asked to master the politics of the wizarding world, you're treated to a series of flashbacks containing clues to the plot's prevailing mysteries.
November 14, 2018
While it is a perfectly serviceable placeholder in the larger series, its contributions to the Potterverse are disappointingly minor.
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