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21/11/2016 by Anthony LaneIn all, the movie is a cunning and peppy surprise, dulled only by the news that no less than four sequels await.
20/11/2016 by Christopher OrrTo its considerable credit, Fantastic Beasts is not the Potter retread it could easily-and very profitably-have been.
The New Republic
18/11/2016 by Will LeitchThe film strains considerably under the weight of all its plot lines-it's never fun to be the movie with the origin story.
Christian Science Monitor
18/11/2016 by Peter RainerRowling 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.
Globe and Mail
18/11/2016 by Mark MedleyAt least the monsters, when compared with their co-stars, have some personality.
18/11/2016 by Adam GrahamA lavish visual feast that nonetheless fails to cast any new spells over its audience.
Dallas Morning News
17/11/2016 by Nancy ChurninYates has fresh tricks up his sleeve as he preps for four more planned films. Five years after the last Potter movie, his 20-something fans can age alongside wizards and witches again. Magical.
17/11/2016 by Brian LowryFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them turns out to be a hyperbolic name for a pretty so-so movie -- one with entertaining passages, but which mostly feels like a big-budget prequel to the better, more cohesive film that's yet to come.
San Diego Reader
17/11/2016 by Matthew LickonaSet against all the thunderous themes are the antics of a bunch of uninspired imaginary animals - sorry, fantastic beasts - and an astonishingly winning cast that very nearly atones for everything else.
Wall Street Journal
17/11/2016 by Joe MorgensternExtravagant creatures of digital descent can't sustain a story that does little more than set the scene for a long string of sequels.
New York Magazine/Vulture
17/11/2016 by David EdelsteinRowling and her studio are not so much telling a story as erecting another "tentpole," the Hollywood name for a "franchise" that becomes a virus - but is nonetheless regarded as a remedy for red ink. I only wish there were a vaccine.
17/11/2016 by Peter HowellFantastic Beasts offers a good intro to Potter-iffic times ahead, some of them suitably creepy (note the parental guidance rating) as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald threatens to bring his evil doings across the Pond from Europe.
17/11/2016 by Michael O'SullivanThe plot thickens, along with the emotional tension, which was always the best part of the Potter universe, and not the dazzling special effects.
17/11/2016 by Dan KoisThis is the first time that David Yates-who directed the final four movies in the Potter series-has been defeated while dueling his wizardly material.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
17/11/2016 by Calvin WilsonWhat might have been a cynical cash grab is a delightful romp through new but equally spellbinding territory.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
17/11/2016 by Colin CovertA thoroughly satisfying, wildly entertaining and highly enjoyable ride from the very beginning to the very end.
Los Angeles Times
17/11/2016 by Justin ChangIt's ... not hard to feel a twinge of skepticism, a nagging suspicion that this busy, proficient, uninspired movie is soliciting not our sense of wonderment so much as our brand loyalty.
17/11/2016 by Ty BurrRowling proves to be a good, sharp hand with dialogue while still having a ways to go in terms of shaping a movie; that said, you can feel her enjoyment in exploring the terrain she has created.
17/11/2016 by J. R. JonesThe dull special-effects gloss of a fantasy blockbuster only throws [Fogler's] charming performance into greater relief.
17/11/2016 by Susan WloszczynaIt is best to simply sit back at some point and enjoy the ride.
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