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The next installment in the Harry Potter series finds young wizard Harry Potter and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to uncover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.
Fantasy Adventure - Just about every child in America will want to see this fantasy
sequel, and most parents won't object to taking them--and neither
will adults without children mind going. Really young children may
be upset by the darker, scarier moments, but overall this is a funny
and entertaining adventure viewers of all ages can enjoy.
PROFANITY: A couple of very mildly objectionable words. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Some rough fighting with creatures and mildly upsetting images. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Very brief alcohol use. ACTION: Many flying scenes, fighting scenes, magical battles. COMEDY: Silly wisecracks and slapstick.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Review Very Good "...among the things this ''HP'' does very well indeed is
deepen the darker, more frightening atmosphere for audiences of all ages already
familiar with the intricacies of the ''Potter'' landscape. (This is as it should
be: Harry's story is supposed to get darker.) Besides, the gathering darkness is
funny as often as it's scary, the returning actors now fully filling out their
flowing robes and pointed hats.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Very Good "The first hour occasionally feels sluggish and prone to
aimless wandering. After that, once the main story kicks into high gear, the
film comes across as better focused and faster paced – at least until the last
quarter-hour and the seemingly endless denouement.''
Review Excellent "The first movie was the setup, and this one is the
payoff. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" leaves all of the
explanations of wizardry behind and plunges quickly into an adventure that's
darker and scarier than anything in the first Harry Potter movie. What a
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Excellent "Relieved of the burden of character introduction that
fell to HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, this adaptation of J.K. Rowling's
second novel is free to get off to a rollicking start. Fans have little reason
to complain: Chris Columbus makes the novel's transformation into a big-budget
feature look effortless, and the film's darker tone is more satisfying than that
of the first...''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Well this is certainly no surprise. I think we all knew Harry would receive some excellent moviegoer opinions and it certainly did. Even though my recommendation won't be of much value, I will highly recommend "Harry Potter."
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected) Much like how the first film crossed age barriers despite a mammoth two-hour-plus running time, the latest film in the fantasy adventure series should also be a hit with the entire family and with all age groups. Darker in tone than the first film, there are a few creepy-crawly sequences that will be too scary and intense for younger children, but otherwise this is a film parents won't feel bad about taking their kids to, nor one that non-parents will feel embarrassed seeing on their own.
Harry Potter (DANIEL RADCLIFFE) has not had a good summer.
Not only has he had to put up with his overbearing Aunt Petunia (FIONA SHAW) and
Uncle Vernon Dursley (RICHARD GRIFFITHS) and their dread of his magical
abilities, but it seems as if Harry's best friends Ron Weasley (RUPERT GRINT)
and Hermione Granger (EMMA WATSON) have forgotten him as they haven't replied
to a single one of his letters. Then, suddenly and mysteriously, house-elf Dobby
appears in Harry's bedroom and warns him of great danger if he should attempt
to return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Dobby is so eager to prevent the young Gryffindor from
returning to Hogwarts, he has blocked all of Ron and Hermione's correspondence
from reaching Harry. But despite the elf's mischievous efforts, the
ever-determined Harry is rescued from the Dursleys' dreary clutches by Ron and
his brothers – with the aid of a flying car! – and whisked into the warmth
of the Weasley household.
But when Harry and Ron are suspiciously prevented from
entering Platform 9 ¾ and boarding the Hogwarts Express back to school, the
boys take emergency action to avoid being late for the new term – only to
incur the wrath of Professor Snape (ALAN RICKMAN), who calls for their expulsion
after they crash the flying Ford Anglia into Hogwarts' enchanted Whomping
Meanwhile, news of Harry's first year heroism has spread
throughout Hogwarts and he finds himself the center of much unwanted attention.
His new fans include Ron's little sister Ginny (BONNIE WRIGHT); first year
would-be photographer Colin Creevey (HUGH MITCHELL); and most irritatingly, the
new Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, Gilderoy Lockhart (KENNETH BRANAGH).
Outshone only by his own vanity, Lockhart craves the
attention that Harry shuns and is all too willing to associate himself with
Hogwarts' young hero. But not even Lockhart can offer an explanation for the
sinister new terror that is gripping the school.
Now all eyes are on Harry, and his friends are beginning to
doubt him. Everyone, that is, except Ron, Hermione and fragile young Ginny,
whose focus has turned to her mysterious new diary.
But Harry is not about to let his friends down and, with or
without the support of Gilderoy Lockhart, he will confront the dark force
lurking in his beloved school.