Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

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, 46% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore avoids some of the pitfalls that plagued its predecessor, but lacks much of the magic that drew audiences into the wizarding world many movies ago.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    The sequence of events that take place in this film just don't build up to anything that feels like it matters...
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    A.A. DowdThe Week
    It's very clear, watching these movies, that they're adapted from a branded guidebook. They have all the dramatic interest and excitement of a manual.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    This entertaining Harry Potter prequel buries memories of the Grindelwald disaster.
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    Tiffany BabbChicago Reader
    While perhaps the best Fantastic Beasts film, The Secrets of Dumbledore remains a dour movie with lots to say but not enough imagination or understanding to say it well.
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    James LuxfordBBC.com
    Even taken on its own merits, its a case of a sequel too far Theres no getting away from the fact that, without Harry Potter, this (movie) doesnt seem to know where to go.
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    This one may well be better than “Where to Find Them,” which was a mite busy for its own good. Kicking off a franchise can have that effect.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    Here’s a movie that's strictly ab-drab.
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    Jeff BeckThe Blu Spot
    It may have been somewhat amusing to spend more time with some of the more intriguing characters of this world, but it's hard not to come away indifferent to the film's stretched-out plot, which, like the previous entries, is rather forgettable.
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    Call it arrested franchise development, call it a floundering spell, call it an exercise in disenchantment: they all fit, and The Secrets of Dumbledore doesn't have the elixir, incantation or even ambition to magic up anything else.
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    Víctor López G.Espinof
    A continuist sequel that, once again, takes advantage of the appeal of the franchise, but which proves itself unable to offer a satisfactory third act either individually, or as a closure of a potential —and unfinished— trilogy.
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