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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews

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December 6, 2014
Apart from a rather pointless cameo from Kenneth Branagh and a rather peaky-looking Richard Harris, in truth there was nothing in HP2 that we hadn't already seen in HP1.
January 13, 2013
It's not all bad. But there are wasted, senseless scenes of characters about to head to the Quidditch pitch for a game that doesn't happen and time-eating speeches about how "This could mean the end of Hogwarts" (Crikey, again?)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2014
Columbus' pacing is still murderously slow, his ideas as pedestrian as the worst TV.
December 12, 2002
"The Chamber of Secrets," while more visually striking and entertaining, still suffers from many of the same problems that plagued "The Sorcerer's Stone."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2002
How desperate is Columbus if his creepy spiders look, act, and sound just like the Eight Legged Freaks
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 15, 2002
Swims in mediocrity, sticking its head up for a breath of fresh air now and then.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2003
It's a depressing reality to face, but the second of J.K. Rowling's boy-wizard books was the least interesting read... and hasn't fared much better on film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 8, 2002
The sense of discovery, that initial encounter with the stories' vivid characters and whimsical parallel universe, is missing. In its stead comes frantic activity.
November 11, 2002
Incredibly, once again, screenwriter Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus deliver a movie without passion.
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November 15, 2002
Big, dull and empty.
November 14, 2002
Mercilessly padded, the movie drags us through ages of all-too-familiar territory.
| Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2002
Their thoughts were how to make the book into a movie, not how to make a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 12, 2002
A watered-down, CG-saturated nod to moviemaking convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 14, 2002
It's smartly produced and slightly more streamlined than Sorcerer's Stone, its predecessor, but at almost three hours it's still too slavishly faithful to its source and will no doubt try the patience of Muggle moppets.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2002
Crammed full of labyrinthine plot twists, this second installment will delight Potter-crazy kids even as their parents grow restless at the 2-hour-and -41-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2002
Once again, director Chris Columbus takes a hat-in-hand approach to Rowling that stifles creativity and allows the film to drag on for nearly three hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2002
Just as often the film is as monotonous and despair-inducing as three hours on an airplane with nothing to read but the in-flight magazine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2003
Punishingly long and slow in parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 15, 2002
When it comes to the imagination scale, Harry Potter has everything it needs. But what does it all really amount to in the end? Not much of a payoff, I'm afraid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 27, 2011
Like many children I've met, director Chris Columbus seems never to have heard the word no.
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