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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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  Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Review
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2 /10
Average Rating
5.85 /10
Eddie Redmayne , Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston
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Directed by: David Yates
Written by: J.K. Rowling

Released: 2016
Origin: US/ UK
Length: 132

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Director David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter films, is in his element with this mix of wand-waving and rollicking adventure. He keeps the overstuffed story zipping along for the most part. And he's thrown in all the eye-popping wonders that $180 million can buy.
(Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News)
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.
(Eric Kohn, Indiewire)
Director David Yatesí entertaining introduction of awkward hero and magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is a confident and surprisingly funny adventure thatís more charming than most of the eight Harry Potter films.
(Brian Truitt, USA Today)
Yates and Rowling skillfully weave their bleak Ė and very blunt-edged Ė message into the fabric of the story. It might be wildly out of place in a fantasy aimed at tweens, but itís a welcome change from the usual vapid blockbuster.
(Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer)
Shares the magical appeal of the Harry Potter movies, which should come as no surprise.
(Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A great deal of love, intelligence and effort have gone into crafting a more mature rendering of the Wizarding World, where pertinent themes of segregation, racism, international politics bubble in the narrative cauldron.
(Joe Walsh, CineVue)
The filmmakers beautifully balance goofy moments with Gothic darkness.
(Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer)
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.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Like the wizarding movies to which itís connected, Fantastic Beasts is better the darker it gets, especially in a robust final reel where the film fully hits its stride. Read full review
(Tim Grierson, Screen International)
This entertaining first spin-off from the Harry Potter movies is both inventive and familiar Ė and Eddie Redmayne makes an endearing new wizarding lead.
(Cath Clarke, Time Out London)
The film is immaculately cast, and the chemistry between its four heroes holds your eye with its firework fizz. Read full review
(Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph)
Just right on many levels... Itís marvellous escapism.
(Brian Viner, Daily Mail)

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