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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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United Kingdom, United States
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2016

Rated PG-13 · 2h 13m

Director David Yates
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol

Genre Adventure, Fantasy

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The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. While making a stopover in New York, a number of the specimens Newt brought back with him escape, which sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt and threatens to further strain magical-non magical relations.

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TheWrap by

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has all the makings of a huge family blockbuster, but all the bloated traps of those, too. It hasn’t quite got the balance right.
60

ScreenCrush by E. Oliver Whitney

Fantastic Beasts is a good movie, and offers a fun and inventive return to Rowling’s wizarding world, but it could have been a better movie if didn’t waste so much time setting up a new franchise.
83

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

The “Potter” movies were so well conceived that they contain endless possibilities for more entries, and “Fantastic Beasts” takes the bait right on cue, not repeating a formula so much as enriching it with a spellbinding polish.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Invention and effects are the name of the game here, predictably, and this world invites us in as effectively as the best of the Potter episodes.... Somewhat less effective is the film's character-bonding agenda.
100

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

That entertainment enchanter JK Rowling has come storming back to the world of magic in a shower of supernatural sparks - and created a glorious fantasy-romance adventure.
70

Variety by Peter Debruge

Maintaining Yates as director lends a consistency to the project, and yet, it would have been refreshing to get a completely new take on Rowling’s world with this series, especially considering how murky and self-serious they got in the final chapters. Still, Yates knows this world as well as anyone, and he excels at finding visual solutions for challenging ideas.
70

Screen International by Tim Grierson

Like the wizarding movies to which it’s connected, Fantastic Beasts is better the darker it gets, especially in a robust final reel where the film fully hits its stride.

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