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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews

November 26, 2013
This new Harry Potter has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first.
November 26, 2013
Two down, presumably five to go, and already the franchise is entering dangerous territory: if you aren't one of the many who know their Harry Potter chapter and verse, prepare for a nap.
November 26, 2013
Radcliffe, 3 inches taller and an octave lower than last year, is growing comfortably into his character, as is Watson, the fetching and confident Hermione.
November 26, 2013
It doesn't help that Chamber is pretty much all business from the opening shot, trading in Stone's sometimes-clunky exposition for full-steam-ahead action.
June 27, 2011
Like many children I've met, director Chris Columbus seems never to have heard the word no.
February 9, 2006
The franchise is safe! Columbus' second alchemical movie ups the thrill quotient to satisfy the faithful. There's more action, and it's scarier.
Top Critic
November 20, 2003
J.K. Rowling's bajillion-dollar Potter franchise picks up steam again with the much-anticipated release of the second film based on her children's series. Unfortunately, much of that steam is blown off early.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
April 23, 2003
Before it degenerates into Indiana Potter and the Chamber of Doom, the movie holds promise.
January 18, 2003
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets works the kind of magic that Hollywood rarely displays: It's a sequel that's better than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 16, 2003
Represents a lost opportunity to give children, not to mention adults, a movie experience that would widen their eyes as the justly beloved Rowling books did.
November 22, 2002
In all fairness, I must report that the children of varying ages in my audience never coughed, fidgeted or romped up and down the aisles for bathroom breaks.
November 15, 2002
Most viewers, especially the younger ones, will reap its joys.
November 15, 2002
Big, dull and empty.
November 15, 2002
Just as there is more magic conjured up in Chamber of Secrets the book, Chamber of Secrets the movie weaves a more powerful spell over its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 15, 2002
Much of what made the first film so enchanting remains firmly in place, from the strong ensemble performances through Stuart Craig's magnificent production design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2002
No sequelitis here, kids (and grown-ups) -- this franchise is alive and well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
The whole Harry Potter thing may not be as fresh for moviegoers as it was last year, but thankfully Chamber of Secrets is well-crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2002
While it still falls short of becoming the classic fans so badly want it to be, the film is livelier and better overall than The Sorcerer's Stone, mostly because J.K. Rowling got all that tiresome exposition over with the first time out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2002
This movie, like the first, is more of a translation than an adaptation. It's the visual equivalent of an audio book, slightly abridged.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 15, 2002
Dark, resonant, inventively detailed and packed with fleet turns of plot and a feast of visual amazement.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2002
Not only are the special effects and narrative flow much improved, and Daniel Radcliffe more emotionally assertive this time around as Harry, but the film conjures the magic of author J.K. Rowling's books.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 15, 2002
Entertaining and moves nimbly enough to keep your way-back seat from turning to stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2002
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is superior to its predecessor in every way: It's more thrilling, more entertaining and, yep, more magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2002
I can't think of a movie this long that has left me so starved for a movie.
November 15, 2002
Two-and-a-half hours of unadulterated fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2002
As a companion piece to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets makes for effective viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2002
The first movie was the setup, and this one is the payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2002
Despite terrific special effects and funnier gags, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets finds a way to make J.K. Rowling's marvelous series into a deadly bore.
November 15, 2002
The Chamber of Secrets may not be a classic, but it's more eventful than its predecessor.
Read More | Original Score: B
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 14, 2002
A little better than Sorcerer's Stone.
November 14, 2002
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is deja vu all over again, and while that is a cliche, nothing could be more appropriate. It's likely that whatever you thought of the first production -- pro or con -- you'll likely think of this one.
November 14, 2002
As The Empire Strikes Back was to Star Wars, so Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is to last year's freshman introduction. In short, it's bigger and better.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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 14, 2002
Darker, scarier and somewhat better than Sorcerer's Stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2002
Ironically enough, Chamber of Secrets has more of a narrative arc, but consequently lacks much urgency. It does retain the wonderment that made the first film fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2002
Chris Columbus' sequel is faster, livelier and a good deal funnier than his original.
November 14, 2002
Once again the production values -- the sets, costumes and props -- are pure perfection.
November 14, 2002
It remains an expertly assembled companion piece to its source material, with charms you can't overlook. But the great Harry Potter should be casting a more powerful spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2002
Even though Chamber of Secrets is a vast improvement, Columbus' directorial touch remains more caring than inspired.
Read More | Original Score: A-
November 13, 2002
An improvement on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 13, 2002
Chamber of Secrets is fairly fun despite its length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 12, 2002
Chamber's charm lies in the sheer visualization of Rowling's weirder inventions.
November 11, 2002
Once again, Chris Columbus stays out of J.K. Rowling's way, sticking to the text and hitting each narrative beat cleanly and vigorously.
Read More | Original Score: 57/100
November 11, 2002
Chris Columbus, the director, does a real wonderful job of being faithful to the story but also taking it into a cinematic era.
November 8, 2002
It is on every count a better movie than last year's first film installment.
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.