But a few critics liked it, noting that its an improvement from the first movie.
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" comes to theaters Friday, November 16. But early reviews are in, and they're not so good.
"Crimes of Grindelwald" brings back the majority of the first film's cast, including Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Johnny Depp and Dan Fogler. But it also introduces a slew of new characters including Jude Law's Young Dumbledore, Zoë Kravitz as a descendant of the Lestrange family, and Claudia Kim as a woman with a curse, who will eventually turn into Voldemort's snake Nagini.
People are excited to see Jude Law as Dumbledore. Warner Bros.
The film continues to tell the story of zoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne), but this time around, the story takes place in Europe instead of the United States, and characters from the "Harry Potter" series weave their way into the movie.
But critics don't love the film, because it's too much story and lacks the magic that made the original series so loved. "The biggest riddle in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,'" The Daily Telegraph wrote, "is working out what on earth the film is actually about."
The film currently has a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, but is subject to change closer to the release date. Here's what critics are saying.
Although it tries very hard, the film does not capture the feeling that made "Harry Potter" so iconic and beloved.
"With its callbacks to the Potter universe and a lovely eye for detail, 'The Crimes of Grindelwald' has bags of intermittent charm and a warm familiarity. But too often, it feels like a beast that's been overburdened."
— Olly Richards, Time Out
The clunky screenplay, written by J.K. Rowling, tries to fit way too much in too little time.
The movie serves mostly as a reminder of how much better the original story is compared to this one.
"'The Crimes of Grindelwald' is hampered by the unwieldy meshing together of disparate plots that could service their own films."
—Kate Erbland, IndieWire
It has no clear purpose, besides building up to a third movie and getting people to the theater.
"The biggest riddle in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' is working out what on earth the film is actually about."
But a few critics liked it, noting that it's an improvement from the first movie.
"'The Crimes of Grindelwald'' has one of the biggest third-act reveals in the whole Harry Potter series."
—Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post
"It is entrenched in the themes that have always driven J.K.
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