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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Youthful wizard Harry Potter returns to the screen in this, the second film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of novels for young people. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) return for a second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris), Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), and Hagrid the Giant (Robbie Coltrane) are joined by new faculty members Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), a self-centered expert in Defense… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"This new Harry Potter has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"It doesn't help that Chamber is pretty much all business from the opening shot, trading in Stone's sometimes-clunky exposition for full-steam-ahead action."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Columbus carefully avoids overly replaying the visual wonders of his first episode, and heedfully edits and amplifies Rowling's story for the screen, preserving its spooky darkness."
‑ James Keith La Croix, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Director Chris Columbus (again working from a screenplay by Steve Kloves) has allowed some mechanical repetition to creep in, but overall this manages to be ingenious as well as faithful to its source."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"It's not all bad. But there are wasted, senseless scenes of characters about to head to the Quidditch pitch for a game that doesn't happen and time-eating speeches about how "This could mean the end of Hogwarts" (Crikey, again?)"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Two down, presumably five to go, and already the franchise is entering dangerous territory: if you aren't one of the many who know their Harry Potter chapter and verse, prepare for a nap."
‑ Michael Agger, New Yorker
"Like many children I've met, director Chris Columbus seems never to have heard the word no."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Better story, better acting, better characters and better effects. All they need is to sort out the dialogue next time, and everyone's a winner."
‑ , Total Film
"The three main child actors, including Emma Watson as Hermione, have gained in confidence and grown nicely into their roles and all of the regular ensemble from the first film return."
‑ Allan Hunter, Screen International
"Possibly second only to Goblet of Fire of all the Potter films to date, Chamber of Secrets should please fans and muggles alike."
‑ Daniel Saney, Digital Spy
"Radcliffe, 3 inches taller and an octave lower than last year, is growing comfortably into his character, as is Watson, the fetching and confident Hermione."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The franchise is safe! Columbus' second alchemical movie ups the thrill quotient to satisfy the faithful. There's more action, and it's scarier."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"[Chamber of Secrets] is more tightly plotted than the original film and boasts a welcome, lighter touch in its early scenes. But it devolves, during its wearying 161-min. running time, into a been-there-fought-that action hero yarn."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"A good entertaining film with a lot of imagination..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Those who adore the books may bemoan the flat emotional landscape of the films, which are less easy to engage with. Fans of the first film will be suitably entertained."
‑ , Film4
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