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November 8, 2018
Ironically, for a film series that's about magic, this lost all sense of magic and whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.8/10
November 8, 2018
While it is possible, if you squint very hard, to make out some of the deeper themes at play here...the real driving force behind Crimes of Grindelwald seems to be a burning desire to set up a sequel.
November 9, 2018
It has more to say than its predecessor, but the message gets jumbled in the process, leaving viewers wanting more-or at least a little more breathing room.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 8, 2018
If this were a film based around Johnny Depp's Grindelwald and Jude Law's young Dumbledore, we could have a near classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2018
There's something about this go-around that's less engaging, even on the level of sheer visual sumptuousness.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 9, 2018
As it turns out, Grindelwald's biggest crime was excessive exposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 13, 2018
The Crimes of Grindelwald is mostly table-setting, which can't sustain an entire movie-even one serving a fan base as passionate as this one.
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+
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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
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
"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 12, 2018
...sort of fun at the start, kinda agreeable at the end, but will suck your whimsy dry for most of its runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/20
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 8, 2018
The biggest riddle in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is working out what on earth the film is actually about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 12, 2018
The garbled story doesn't flow in any particular direction. At best, it slowly oozes towards an ickily inconclusive finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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 9, 2018
An unfocused, overwhelming and ultimately numbing sprawl that seems to drag on forever.
November 8, 2018
It's the big-screen version of a Netflix series, an ineffective rehash with all the bells and whistles of the Harry Potter movies, but almost none of the magic that made them work.
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
November 8, 2018
It's even less concerned with telling a concise, satisfying story than its predecessor. What's worse is at almost every turn, it weaves in broad strokes created only to set up the next movie.
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