Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Reviews

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January 18, 2019
An incoherent but not entirely unenjoyable mess of a prequel
January 8, 2019
The Crimes of Grindelwald fails to reproduce the fun of the original-and fills Rowling's Potterverse with a slew of gaping holes.
January 19, 2019
It's just terrible and I'm sad. The end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
December 22, 2018
A too long, too weak, too confusing jumble of characters and ideas that most outside of the hardcore Harry Potter fan base will struggle to find any enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 5, 2018
[L]ong and vaguely confusing and - most damningly - joyless ... if your movie about exploring the wonders of a massive wizarding world isn't fun, then what are we even doing here?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2018
The film didn't work as well as I hoped it would going in ... While the film offers some intriguing scenarios ... there is a lot left lacking as a film to itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
January 18, 2019
Audiences will likely find themselves losing connection to everyone but Newt, who is the only character given a solid arc. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a visually beautiful misstep. "Accio, better script!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 15, 2018
Nothing seems to matter and yet everyone tells us how much is at stake.
November 15, 2018
This dreary snooze-fest puckers up to give the once-beloved franchise the Dementor's Kiss.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 16, 2018
This movie is the cinematic equivalent to reading Rowling's tiresome retcon tweets: trite, laboured, unnecessary, and sometimes even offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
November 13, 2018
The new Harry Potter prequel feels more like a history lesson in our favorite magical scoundrels than anything new or entertaining, and still manages to have little plot or even the secretive mysteries that normally characterize these films
Full Review | Original Score: D+
November 18, 2018
Razzle dazzle doesn't save this problematic foray into the pre-Potter world of witchcraft and wizardry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2018
Welcome to Fantastic Films And Where To Find Them, as somewhere in here are several compelling stories trying to get noticed, yet sinking under the weight of everything else. There are some magical delights (especially Jude Law's Dumbledore).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 17, 2018
I'm not going to say it's the worst movie I've ever seen; but it's very possibly the worst prequel - the new low-point for expository, minutiae-obsessed, continuity-porn, anti-narrative in the "Cinematic Universe" era of blockbuster film making.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5
December 19, 2018
Underwhelming plot and uninteresting main character getting over shadowed by the supporting cast. I didn't feel the magic here.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
November 14, 2018
The Crimes of Grindelwald has the unique distinction of a being a movie that is absolutely overstuffed with characters and plot lines yet nothing actually happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 19, 2018
While the initial film was the perfect foundation for the series, "Crimes" takes a step back with a story that plods along before a frustrating finale.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 16, 2018
The beasts are once again fantastic, but the rest of the film is a dark, slow-moving prelude to war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2018
Casual viewers may be left confused as to the film's meaning as The Crimes of Grindlewald ultimately serves as an extended prologue for three movies to come.
November 16, 2018
Sadly, Crimes of Grindelwald does not work on its own merits. Fans of the franchise will still find an enjoyable adventure in their beloved Wizarding World.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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