It Chapter Two Reviews

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September 9, 2019
Not unlike the town in which it's set, Muschietti's It only sees what it wants to.
September 8, 2019
The result is a film with all the unsettling power and visual elan of the kiddy-friendly Goosebumps series (Jack Black + monsters = zzzz).
September 6, 2019
"It" never decides which fears to take at face value and which exist only in the subconscious, and winds up confused as a result.
September 6, 2019
It's obvious that the filmmakers failed to fully reckon with what they've put on the screen, and the results are grim.
September 6, 2019
Overall, "It Chapter Two" is a fitting companion piece to the first film. There are flaws, to be sure, but nothing you wouldn't expect going in.
September 6, 2019
Chapter Two goes deeper than its predecessor, and yet never loses a feeling of shallowness.
September 6, 2019
It Chapter Two can be a sprawling, unwieldy mess -- overlong, overstuffed and full of frustrating detours -- but its casting is so spot-on ... the film keeps you hooked.
September 6, 2019
The new chapter doesn't bring much fresh psychological shading to this process. Instead, the film bombards us with plot and monsters that pile up like toys in the attic.
Top Critic
September 5, 2019
The first It brought a robust blockbuster maximalism to the horror genre, and the sequel, like many blockbuster franchises, starts to list from all the baggage.
September 5, 2019
A wearisome sequel by returning director Andy Muschietti that runs nearly three hours, paying tedious obeisance to King's overwritten prose.
September 5, 2019
Considering the challenges associated with adapting the second half of the novel, the filmmakers have done an adequate job, which is probably all that's needed to make Chapter Two a major box office success.
September 5, 2019
"Chapter Two" languishes over two hours and 49 minutes and it feels even longer because of its structure.
September 5, 2019
Rather than using the extended running time to dig deep into these characters, director Andy Muschietti, who also directed the original, piles on the frights in a manner that builds to an ending drenched in hysteria.
September 5, 2019
Muschietti and his newly expanded cast come through pretty satisfyingly at points. But they also come up short at others, and at still others shift priorities entirely to concentrate instead on ante-upping chills.
September 5, 2019
The various ghouls that besiege the grown-up Loser's Club, all visions of Pennywise, are silly, textureless creations. With them, suspense is in short supply.
September 5, 2019
Almost as scary but not quite as grabby as Chapter One, the grownup second half of Stephen King's horror saga is lifted by a great Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård's iconic psycho clown Pennywise, but hobbled by a nearly three-hour run time.
September 5, 2019
An awkward mix of humor and horror that brings Stephen King's "It" to a disappointing end.
September 4, 2019
Even without the cohesive story and Spielberg-ian charms of the first film, the sequel still delivers ample shock and awe.
September 4, 2019
Real trauma is given the same consideration as a literal funhouse of horrors, which cheapens what the characters and audience are put through.
September 4, 2019
When the nightmare becomes a daydream, it is best to call It a day.
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