Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 15, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though perhaps more enchanting for younger audiences, Chamber of Secrets is nevertheless both darker and livelier than its predecessor, expanding and improving upon the first film's universe.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

This new Harry Potter has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Director Chris Columbus has pushed the envelope farther, made a sequel that is pacier and more swashbuckling. Yet it still feels cautious and reined-in.

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Michael Agger
New Yorker

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Like many children I've met, director Chris Columbus seems never to have heard the word no.

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Lizzie Rusbridger

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is darker, funnier and finer than its forerunner Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

The franchise is safe! Columbus' second alchemical movie ups the thrill quotient to satisfy the faithful. There's more action, and it's scarier.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)

Chamber Of Secrets is funnier and more exciting than the first Harry Potter movie, and adorned with some of the most stunning special effects ever.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This second movie is slightly superior to the first one in some aspects, as the story flows in a better pace and the mystery is more gradually developed. Again,… More
Chris Weber
Here's round two of the adventures of young wizard Harry Potter and friends. While not a terrible movie, this one is probably my least favorite and the… More
Daniel Mumby
Hollywood has long been criticised for its conservative, money-driven mindset. By prioritising the commercial success of a given venture over its artistic or… More
Josh Lewis
Chamber of Secrets is an improvement on its predecessor with a stronger story, stronger special effects, and livelier direction from Christopher Columbus. This… More
Thomas Bowler
Though it may be a similar formula of detective mystery + magic + quidditch to the previous installment, the second in the series does well to introduce more of… More
Eugene Bernabe
'Chamber of Secrets' takes its young flamboyant cast into darker territories and possesses an edgier feel than the first installment. The entertaining… More