Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

This spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York, which is being threatened by both mystical acts of destruction and a group of extremist No-Majs (the American term for Muggles,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 18, 2016
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2017
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter's rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

In all, the movie is a cunning and peppy surprise, dulled only by the news that no less than four sequels await.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Rowling has a voluminous imagination and Yates keeps things humming along, although, as was also true of many Potter movies, there is often too much of a good thing.

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Charles Bramesco
Polygon

[It] will make for a marvelous theme park attraction someday. But as a movie, as a vessel for narrative and ideas enacted by recognizably human characters, it fails to tap into the same simple potency that Harry and Co. wielded from book one.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

To its considerable credit, Fantastic Beasts is not the Potter retread it could easily-and very profitably-have been.

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Mark Medley
Globe and Mail

At least the monsters, when compared with their co-stars, have some personality.

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David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Fantastic looking, fully realized, and thoroughly absorbing, this extension of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world surpassed my expectations exponentially.

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Will Leitch
The New Republic

The film strains considerably under the weight of all its plot lines-it's never fun to be the movie with the origin story.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

A lavish visual feast that nonetheless fails to cast any new spells over its audience.

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Rain Jokinen
SFist

Towards the end, the film gets a little too action-packed, with the city of New York (once again) on the verge of destruction. But there are enough moments of magic in the rest of the movie to make up for it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
There's a lot to recommend. This should satisfy both Harry Potter fans and fantasy enthusiasts as well. Director David Yates is back. He brings his quirky… More
Christian C
The beasts may be fantastic, but the story?.... M'eh. "Fantastic Beasts" lacks the rich, engaging and inspiring world ofHarry Potter -- but what… More
Kevin M. Williams
The magic franchise reboots with enough CGI to power a Jurassic Park reboot. The story and characterizations are thin but let's not be such whiny and… More
Nate Zoebl
The Harry Potter publishing universe is almost twenty years old and has racked up more money than can be printed, so it was only a matter of time before some… More
Film Crazy
Dedicated Harry Potter fans are more likely to feel underwhelmed by this extension of the wizarding world! The films multiple plot lines and side details… More
Eugene Bernabe
The dialogue and premise may be difficult to grasp at times, but it doesn't completely diminish the return to the Wizarding World. Fantastic Beasts &… More