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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Reviews

November 18, 2018
About as exciting as a trip to Hogwarts's most neglected lavatory.
November 16, 2018
Dash it all, even the devoted will likely struggle with the reams of expository talk and gobs of unearned feeling and scads of largely pointless beasties, plus some just plain lazy visuals (looking at you, magic cats).
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 16, 2018
More workmanlike than magical, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" nevertheless feels like an upgrade from its predecessor, one that adds star power, introduces key characters and lays the foundation for a genuine "Wizarding World" franchise.
November 15, 2018
The Crimes of Grindelwald feels hollow and disconnected, like it could have been made by anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Rowling's wizarding world.
November 15, 2018
Despite being light in the story department, The Crimes of Grindelwald offers plenty of small pleasures and tightens up the linkage between this series and Harry Potter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2018
The "Fantastic Beasts" films have as much to do with the Potter world as the current Detroit Pistons have to do with the championship winning Bad Boys.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
November 15, 2018
Congratulations to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald for being the first flat-out terrible product of the Harry Potter expanded universe.
Top Critic
November 15, 2018
No, it doesn't work. No, it's not, not even a little bit, good. But it's familiar.
November 15, 2018
The Crimes of Grindelwald is a tiresome slog - but it ends well.
November 15, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is much better than its predecessor in this Harry Potter-adjacent franchise, if only because it's a whole movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2018
While it's often great fun to look at, "Crimes of Grindelwald" fails at what should be Rowling's great strength: storytelling. Three more to go, and an infusion of magic is desperately needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2018
The twists get twistier as the film hurtles toward a climax at Paris' Pere Lachaise Cemetery. But the getting there, which should be half the fun, turns out to be a bit of a slog. Fine for Pottermores, but a trial for us Muggles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2018
There's indeed magic to be found here, as well as visual wonder, but there's also an unwieldy amount of character and plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2018
The world Rowling dreamt up during the Tony Blair era is getting no richer after this installment, but its creator and various producers certainly will be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2018
A dark but entertaining second chapter in J.K. Rowling's five-film series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2018
"The Crimes of Grindelwald" is often dazzling, occasionally wondrous and always atmospheric. But is also a bit of a mess. Even magic bags can be overweight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2018
While it is a perfectly serviceable placeholder in the larger series, its contributions to the Potterverse are disappointingly minor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2018
By the time we reach the unsatisfying cliffhanger ending, there's little to look forward to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2018
The film functioned as a reverse Mirror of Erised, showing me only things I desperately did not want.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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 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
Top Critic
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.