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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%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This new Harry Potter has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Like many children I've met, director Chris Columbus seems never to have heard the word no."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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
"A good entertaining film with a lot of imagination..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Represents a lost opportunity to give children, not to mention adults, a movie experience that would widen their eyes as the justly beloved Rowling books did."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"[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
"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
"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
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