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USA Today
6.0

As much as the new sequel bridges gaps to various 'Potter' lineages and personalities, it also ties into real-world history in intriguing fashion.

Read review Brian Truitt
New York Post
6.0

Rediscovers that Potter magic (...) Newt has proved himself a lovable lizard.

Read review Johnny Oleksinski
The Hollywood Reporter

A vibrant, engaging improvement on the series' first installment (...) It displays enough of the autor's magical formula and Dickensian narrative power to make this sequel a huge step up.

Read review Caryn James
The Wrap

It probably had enough plot to drive a four-hour mini-series, but even so, what we get is often absorbing and grand.

Read review William Bibbiani
The Washington Post

Surprisingly dark (...) It has one of the biggest third-act reveals in the whole 'Harry Potter' series.

Read review Michael O'Sullivan
Indiewire

It is hamped by the unwieldy meshing together of disparate plots that could service their own films.

Read review Kate Erbland
The Guardian
6.0

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.

Read review Peter Bradshaw
Chicago Sun-Times
5.0

It has a storyline worth further exploration, but the movie is too busy bouncing all over the place, stuffing subplot after subplot into the mix.

Read review Richard Roeper
Variety

Most of the surface pleasures of filmic Potterdom (...) have survived intact, but real magic is in short supply.

Read review Andrew Barker
New York Times

It is scattered with minor pleasures, mostly ornamental (...) Yet, by the time Rowling has gathered all her story lines (...) the movie has loosened its grip on you.

Read review Manohla Dargis
Time Out

With its callbacks to the Potter universe and a lovely eye for detail, 'The Crimes of Grindelwald' has bags of intermittent charm and a warm familiarity. But too often, it feels like a beast that's been overburdened.

Read review Olly Richards