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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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Fantastic Beasts is two-plus hours of meandering eye candy that feels numbingly inconsequential.
(Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly)
Sprawling and crowded, as if it were trying to pack too much mythology into one cramped crawlspace.
(Stephanie Zacharek, Time)
Newt lacks soul. So, too, does his movie.
(Amy Nicholson, MTV News)
Perhaps some adults can lose themselves in this world, reveling in the magic, plumbing for Rowling’s themes and deeper meaning. Not me. Read full review
(Roger Moore, Movie Nation)
This is Marvel imitation at its most tedious. It’s particularly disappointing given how, in her original Harry Potter books, screenwriter J.K. Rowling demonstrated a deft ability to put in subtle foreshadowing and use characters and elements that would later take on new significance.
(Daniel Schindel, The Film Stage)
Few movies are as conceptually tedious as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which transports J.K. Rowling’s fascist-wizards versus liberal-wizards-and-muggles conflict to 1920s New York — or a stagy, computer-generated simulation thereof. This time the script is by Dame J.K. herself, and from the outset — before we’ve even gotten to know the characters or the stakes — it’s hectic, cluttered, and ineptly staged. The Dickensian simplicity of the Harry Potter films has been replaced by a lot of desperate mugging. Part of the problem is that Rowling and her studio are not so much telling a story as erecting another “tentpole,” the Hollywood name for a “franchise” that becomes a virus — but is nonetheless regarded as a remedy for red ink. I only wish there were a vaccine.
(David Edelstein, New York Magazine)

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