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

The magic of Harry Potter lives on in this Warner Bros. spin-off penned by {J.K. Rowling}, and intended as the first chapter in a whole new fantasy film franchise. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 18, 2016
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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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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

This new movie, while slight, is also dazzling, diverting and wonderful fun.

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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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Blake Howard
Graffiti With Punctuation

Like the first chapter of any story, it has the burden of making you want to come back; and not just for the desperate satisfaction of knowing what's next

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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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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Rowling may be back, but her magic has largely been lost.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Carlos Magalh„es
It is always a pleasure to return to this universe full of wonders and fantastic beings conceived by J. K. Rowling, who dazzles us once again with her usual… More