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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews

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Philip Kerr
New Statesman
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.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 6, 2014
Columbus' pacing is still murderously slow, his ideas as pedestrian as the worst TV.
Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today
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
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
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+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.
Victoria Alexander
November 11, 2002
Incredibly, once again, screenwriter Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus deliver a movie without passion.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
Big, dull and empty.
Christopher Null
November 14, 2002
Mercilessly padded, the movie drags us through ages of all-too-familiar territory.
| Original Score: 3/5
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
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+
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
November 12, 2002
A watered-down, CG-saturated nod to moviemaking convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 20, 2003
Punishingly long and slow in parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 22, 2015
Harry Potter and his friends may soar through the air on broomsticks and dangle from flying cars, but the film itself never takes flight the way it ought to.
David Keyes
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
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