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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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  Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Review
Tookey's Rating
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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The film is fine enough to make you forgive, if not forget, the fact that it exists primarily as a corporate enterprise and not as an imaginative tour de force. Read full review
(Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)
In all, the movie is a cunning and peppy surprise, dulled only by the news that no less than four sequels await. Will the spell not wear off before then? Read full review
(Anthony Lane, New Yorker)
With the strange caws and showy displays, these beasties provide a lot of the movie’s easygoing pleasures. The adults are rather less engaging. Read full review
(Manohla Dargis, New York Times)
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. Read full review
(Peter Debruge, Variety)
Fantastic Beasts is often lovely to look at, at times even stirring, but there's very little to hold on to, story- or character-wise. Read full review
(Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice)

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