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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Reviews

November 12, 2018
There might not be a more gorgeous-looking movie this year than Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 9, 2018
The movie is too busy bouncing all over the place, stuffing subplot after subplot into the mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 9, 2018
"The Crimes of Grindelwald" has one of the biggest third-act reveals in the whole Harry Potter series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2018
Rowling has surrendered to her maximalist tendencies and so cluttered up the story that you spend far too much time trying to untangle who did what to whom and why.
November 8, 2018
With its callbacks to the Potter universe and a lovely eye for detail, The Crimes of Grindelwald has bags of intermittent charm and a warm familiarity. But too often, it feels like a beast that's been overburdened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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November 8, 2018
Newt, meanwhile, never conveys anything resembling an impure impulse. He's as tame as the cuddliest beasts stuffed into his suitcase, and even less than fantastic than the series he headlines.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 8, 2018
"The Crimes of Grindelwald" is hampered by the unwieldy meshing together of disparate plots that could service their own films.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 8, 2018
It took J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter-adjacent franchise exactly one film for the shrugs to set in, even with all those fine actors up there amid expensive digital blue flames.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 8, 2018
It offers up dazzling feats of sorcery and realms of wonderment and manages to conjure the very opposite of magic.
November 8, 2018
In his second outing, Newt has proved himself a lovable lizard - er, wizard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2018
As much as the new sequel bridges gaps to various "Potter" lineages and personalities, it also ties into real-world history in intriguing fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2018
"The Crimes of Grindelwald" probably had enough plot to drive a four-hour mini-series, but even so, what we get is often absorbing and grand.
November 8, 2018
"Fantastic Beasts" assumes a similar level of engagement with its swollen dramatis personae, without allowing the time or putting in the work to earn it.
November 8, 2018
That the film remains enticing despite its evolving, still-pallid hero speaks to Rowling's storytelling strengths.