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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 63
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Scenes that should have been cut are included, so as not to disappoint anyone. What could have been a small, sweet and genuinely scary film is instead a full hour too long and many millions too fat. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first. It's also longer, by nine minutes, but hold that protest to the Kidney Foundation; the time flies, albeit in fits and starts, like players on a Quidditch field. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Chamber of Secrets -- darker, scarier and somewhat better than "Sorcerer's Stone." show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Chamber is chockablock with action (including a far more exciting game of Quidditch) and crafty special effects. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Brimming with invention and new ideas, and its Hogwarts School seems to expand and deepen before our very eyes into a world large enough to conceal unguessable secrets -- What a glorious movie. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Moves the franchise even closer to Indiana Jones territory, with bloodcurdling action scenes and a passel of climactic computer-generated slime beasties unparalleled in their potential ability to -- I'm quoting from both book and film here -- '' rip, tear, rend, kill. '' show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A fun, fantastic adventure, but, watching it, I had the sense that it could have been even better than it is. I was diverted and entertained, but never truly absorbed. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    There's a missing element whose absence, forgive me, I can't help but lament. This is a movie about magic that ultimately lacks the magic of movies." show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Plusses and minuses work out about evenly, if you compare the sequel to "Sorcerer's Stone." The three young leads act with more assurance; Radcliffe emerges as a leader, rather than one leg of a triangle. (Too bad he no longer expects to make all seven of the proposed pictures.) show more

  • 63
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    It remains an expertly assembled companion piece to its source material, with charms you can't overlook. But the great Harry Potter should be casting a more powerful spell. show more

  • May 06, 2013 nu00000000148169
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    super like, harry potter ;)

  • April 20, 2012 Dry Master
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    This was a great Harry Potter film but stronger and somehow grossing. It's nice to see Hogwarts and the gang return. The story was entertaining and like the character design. This was overall a good film.

  • August 11, 2011 movieman928
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    Better than the first!!!

  • December 31, 2010 Weston
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  • December 21, 2008 Lil mikey 1012
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    not a five star movie, but i thought it was beta den da first. a good dark family movie.

  • July 06, 2008 cubbyduke
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    I really liked this movie.

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