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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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United Kingdom, United States

2018

Rated PG-13 • 2h 14m

Director David Yates

Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Johnny Depp

Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Drama

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Gellert Grindelwald has escaped imprisonment and begun gathering followers to his cause; creating a new world order where pure-blooded wizards rule over all non-magical beings. In this increasingly divided wizarding world, lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family.

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Time Out by

The second part in the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off provides twists and glorious visuals, but has too much plot to truly soar. These beasts are overburdened.
78

TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

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. The sense that this magical world is actually, well, fantastic is finally back in the series.
50

Variety by Andrew Barker

Most of the surface pleasures of filmic Potterdom (the chiaroscuro tones, the overqualified character actors, the superb costuming, James Newton Howard’s warmly enveloping score) have survived intact, but real magic is in short supply.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Caryn James

The sequel has better and at times galvanizing special effects, a darker tone and a high-stakes battle between good and evil. Best of all, its characters are more vibrantly drawn, and tangled in relationships that range from delightful to lethal.
80

IGN by David Griffin

Another strong entry in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World saga. Rowling has improved upon the first Fantastic Beasts film by fleshing out her characters in a way that’s engaging, though not everybody receives as much attention. Both Johnny Depp and Eddie Redmayne are - forgive the pun - fantastic in their perspective roles.
60

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

JK Rowling’s creative imagination is as fertile as ever, and newcomers Law and Johnny Depp impress, but the second film in the series is bogged down by franchise detail.
40

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Telling an audience this stuff is important is one thing: making them actually feel that it is is the magical part, and Grindelwald bungles the trick.
76

The Verge by Tasha Robinson

For the serious fans who this series is meant for, the promise of at least six more hours of Fantastic Beasts action likely means a lot more thrilling beasts, barriers, and beats to explore. Everyone else may find that all the little personal bits of character business and frantic complications aren’t much of a substitute for a clear and compelling plot with a single meaningful protagonist.

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