Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review & Rating

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review & Rating


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Video Review

Summary: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 British fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. A spin-off of the Harry Potter film series, the film was written by J. K. Rowling (in her screenwriting debut), inspired by her book of the same name. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell.

Principal photography began at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden on 17 August 2015. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Thempremiered in New York City on 10 November 2016 and is scheduled to be released worldwide on 18 November 2016 in 3D, IMAX 4K Laser and other large format theatres. Written by Wikipedia

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Storyline: The year is 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Written by IMDB

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Critic Reviews

100 The Guardian | Peter Bradshaw
That entertainment enchanter JK Rowling has come storming back to the world of magic in a shower of supernatural sparks – and created a glorious fantasy-romance adventure. Read full review

88 St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Calvin Wilson
Shares the magical appeal of the “Harry Potter” movies, which should come as no surprise. Read full review

88 Charlotte Observer | Lawrence Toppman
The filmmakers beautifully balance goofy moments with Gothic darkness. Read full review

83 Consequence of Sound | Allison Shoemaker
There’s something sad, frightening, or even disturbing around nearly every corner. Still, there’s delight in the world, and it’s hardly in short supply. Read full review

83 Indiewire | Eric Kohn
The “Potter” movies were so well conceived that they contain endless possibilities for more entries, and “Fantastic Beasts” takes the bait right on cue, not repeating a formula so much as enriching it with a spellbinding polish. Read full review

80 Arizona Republic | Bill Goodykoontz
It’s all quite intricate and entertaining and terrific to look at. The “Fantastic” of the title might be stretching things a bit, but it doesn’t miss the mark by much. Better still, it makes you look forward to, and not dread, the next installment — and that’s real magic. Read full review

80 New York Daily News | Joe Dziemianowicz
Director David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” films, is in his element with this mix of wand-waving and rollicking adventure. He keeps the overstuffed story zipping along for the most part. And he’s thrown in all the eye-popping wonders that $180 million can buy. Read full review

80 Time Out London | Cath Clarke
This entertaining first spin-off from the Harry Potter movies is both inventive and familiar – and Eddie Redmayne makes an endearing new wizarding lead. Read full review

80 The Telegraph | Robbie Collin
The film is immaculately cast, and the chemistry between its four heroes holds your eye with its firework fizz. Read full review

78 Austin Chronicle | Josh Kupecki
While Fantastic Beasts suffers from some symptoms we’ve basically taken as par for the course in recent high-profile Hollywood spectacles: too many set-pieces, various plotlines stitched together like a quilt, and one-note supporting roles (pretty sure Jon Voight – playing a newspaper mogul – is just there to introduce himself for subsequent entries), it is also really fun. Read full review

75 Christian Science Monitor | Peter Rainer
The film is fine enough to make you forgive, if not forget, the fact that it exists primarily as a corporate enterprise and not as an imaginative tour de force. Read full review

75 Washington Post | Michael O’Sullivan
The plot thickens, along with the emotional tension, which was always the best part of the Potter universe, and not the dazzling special effects. Read full review

75 ReelViews | James Berardinelli
Fantastic Beasts is an enjoyable stand-alone but its position as the progenitor of a new franchise remains unclear.Read full review

75 | Susan Wloszczyna
As with most complicated narratives, it is best to simply sit back at some point and enjoy the ride. Read full review

75 Boston Globe | Ty Burr
The new film is a juicily enjoyable crowd-pleaser that works hard at expanding to fit the size of its ambitions and that wants to give the audience a high old time while slipping in reminders of how low some people may sink in the pursuit of power. Read full review

75 San Francisco Chronicle | Peter Hartlaub
It’s a solid first step into the magical world of the familiar. Escapist entertainment for crowds that prefer to know their destination in advance. Read full review

75 Chicago Tribune | Michael Phillips
The storytelling rhythm gets a bit pokey for the amount of story being told…. But director Yates knows his way around this stuff. The visual evocation of ’20s Manhattan with a twist offers considerable satisfaction, as does Redmayne’s embodiment of a boy-man more comfortable in the company of animals than with humans. Read full review

75 USA Today | Brian Truitt
Director David Yates’ entertaining introduction of awkward hero and magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is a confident and surprisingly funny adventure that’s more charming than most of the eight Harry Potter films. Read full review

75 Rolling Stone | Peter Travers
The real stars here are the beasts, supposedly ugly, weird and dangerous, but paragons of FX creativity in service of genuine ideas. Read full review

75 Philadelphia Inquirer | Tirdad Derakhshani
Yates and Rowling skillfully weave their bleak – and very blunt-edged – message into the fabric of the story. It might be wildly out of place in a fantasy aimed at tweens, but it’s a welcome change from the usual vapid blockbuster. Read full review

75 Chicago Sun-Times | Richard Roeper
The special effects are of course top level (though again, I wouldn’t say they’re breathtakingly special); the sets are amazingly rich in detail; the cinematography is fluid and vibrant. The result is an effective if not everlasting magical spell. Read full review

74 The Verge | Tasha Robinson
While Fantastic Beasts’ erratic leaps between murderous gravity and childish silliness are distracting, one thing is consistent: the characters here can be silly, broad, naïve, bungling, or just one-dimensional, but a surprising number of them are in some form of pain. Read full review

70 Los Angeles Times | Justin Chang
It both benefits and suffers from the relentless commercial logic that has, for the moment, placed a bit of a stranglehold on its own considerable magic. Read full review

70 The New York Times | Manohla Dargis
With the strange caws and showy displays, these beasties provide a lot of the movie’s easygoing pleasures. The adults are rather less engaging. Read full review

70 Variety | Peter Debruge
Maintaining Yates as director lends a consistency to the project, and yet, it would have been refreshing to get a completely new take on Rowling’s world with this series, especially considering how murky and self-serious they got in the final chapters. Still, Yates knows this world as well as anyone, and he excels at finding visual solutions for challenging ideas. Read full review

70 Screen International | Tim Grierson
Like the wizarding movies to which it’s connected, Fantastic Beasts is better the darker it gets, especially in a robust final reel where the film fully hits its stride. Read full review

70 The Hollywood Reporter | John DeFore
Invention and effects are the name of the game here, predictably, and this world invites us in as effectively as the best of the Potter episodes…. Somewhat less effective is the film’s character-bonding agenda. Read full review

70 TheWrap | Jason Solomons
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has all the makings of a huge family blockbuster, but all the bloated traps of those, too. It hasn’t quite got the balance right. Read full review

67 The Playlist | Will Ashton
As a world-building exercise, Fantastic Beasts often succeeds. It’s charming, playful and welcoming in ways these movies haven’t been since the first two installments, and the patchiness of the plot is often forgiven because these characters are likable, rather affable, and well-cast. Read full review

67 Entertainment Weekly | Chris Nashawaty
Fantastic Beasts is two-plus hours of meandering eye candy that feels numbingly inconsequential. Read full review

63 The Seattle Times | Moira Macdonald
There’s room for improvement in the “Fantastic Beasts” universe; perhaps we’ll see it in the next installment or two. Meanwhile — even if you, like me, are a bit Pottered out and wish Rowling would devote herself instead to her marvelous Cormoran Strike detective-novel series (magic comes in many forms) — it’s still a pleasure to revisit the author’s world. Read full review

60 Slate | Dan Kois|
While it’s a decent table-setter and a welcome return to a magical world that many of us love dearly, it’s no Force Awakens, bogged down as it is by exposition, dull characters, and sludgy pacing. Read full review

60 Village Voice | Bilge Ebiri
Fantastic Beasts is often lovely to look at, at times even stirring, but there’s very little to hold on to, story- or character-wise. Read full review

60 We Got This Covered | Matt Donato
Fantastic Beasts is both a slice of magical monster mayhem and severely underwritten storytelling, landing somewhere between “pretty passable” and “zany fun” – but certainly nothing fantastic. Read full review

60 TimeStep | hanie Zacharek
The picture—directed by David Yates, who also gave us the last four Harry Potter films, terrific ones—feels both sprawling and crowded, as if it were trying to pack too much mythology into one cramped crawlspace. Read full review

60 Empire | Helen O’Hara
Big, bold and teeming with imagination, it is so busy world-building that it occasionally forgets to have fun. But with this heavy lifting done, there’s every reason to hope for an even more magical adventure next time. Read full review

60 ScreenCrush | Erin Whitney
Fantastic Beasts is a good movie, and offers a fun and inventive return to Rowling’s wizarding world, but it could have been a better movie if didn’t waste so much time setting up a new franchise. Read full review

60 Total Film | Jamie Graham
What Fantastic Beasts lacks in wonderment it almost makes up for in scares and subtext. Read full review

58 The A.V. Club | Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Patchy but occasionally charming, the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them delivers most of what has come to be expected from J.K. Rowling’s book series and its successful film adaptations. Read full review

58 Tampa Bay Times | Steve Persall
Not even J.K. Rowling can say abracadabra and make a worthwhile movie franchise appear. The lightning that struck Harry Potter once merely grazes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, turning the sorcerer’s mentor into a fantasy apprentice. Read full review

50 Wall Street Journal | Joe Morgenstern
We can all use more magic in our lives, and that promise is fulfilled quite delightfully at first. But extravagant creatures of digital descent can’t sustain a story that does little more than set the scene for a long string of sequels. Read full review

50 MTV News | Amy Nicholson
Newt lacks soul. So, too, does his movie. Read full review

50 New York Post | Sara Stewart
Unfortunately, the cast of characters you’ll find here is a pale imitation of her Hogwarts heroes. Read full review

50 Movie Nation | Roger Moore
Perhaps some adults can lose themselves in this world, reveling in the magic, plumbing for Rowling’s themes and deeper meaning. Not me. Read full review

42 The Film Stage | Daniel Schindel
This is Marvel imitation at its most tedious. It’s particularly disappointing given how, in her original Harry Potter books, screenwriter J.K. Rowling demonstrated a deft ability to put in subtle foreshadowing and use characters and elements that would later take on new significance. Read full review

40 New York Magazine (Vulture) | David Edelstein
The movie might pass muster for kids weaned on the Harry Potter films — I shudder to think of the movies that pleased me when I was 7 or 8 — and uncritical critics. But you’d have to be desperate for another Potter fix to think this is magical entertainment. It’s thoroughly No-Maj. Read full review

38 The Globe and Mail (Toronto) | Mark Medley
The problem with this spinoff is, like homework, you’d rather be doing something else with your time. Read full review

38 Slant Magazine | Eric Henderson
The film exists resolutely outside of salience and doggedly within the comfort of escapism. Read full review


Official Sites: Official siteIMDBWikipedia
Country: UK | USA
Language: English
Release Date: 18 November 2016 (USA)
Genres: Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Runtime: 133 min
Production: Heyday Films, Warner Bros.
Filming Locations: Leavesden Studios, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Budget: $180,000,000 (estimated)

Director Credit
David Yates Director


Writer Credit
J.K. Rowling Written By


Principal Cast Credit
Alison Sudol Queenie Goldstein
Carmen Ejogo Seraphina Picquery
Colin Farrell Percival Graves
Dan Fogler Jacob Kowalski
Eddie Redmayne Newt Scamander
Ezra Miller Credence
Katherine Waterston Porpentina Goldstein


Cast Credit
Akin Gazi Auror
Alison Sudol Queenie Goldstein
Attila G. Kerekes New York Citizen
Carmen Ejogo Seraphina Picquery
Chloe de Burgh Tenement Woman
Christine Marzano Exterminator
Cinta Laura Kiehl Candy Store Girl
Colin Farrell Percival Graves
Dan Fogler Jacob Kowalski
Denis Khoroshko Banker Smirnoff
Dino Fazzani Factory Worker
Eddie Redmayne Newt Scamander
Elizabeth Moynihan Executioner #1
Ezra Miller Kredan
Faith Wood-Blagrove Modesty
Flor Ferraco Bank Client
Gemma Chan Cast
Jason Newell Sasquatch
Jenn Murray Chastity
Joe Malone Young Wizard
Joelle Koissi New York Citizen
Johnny Depp Gellert Grindelwald
Jon Voight Henry Shaw, Sr
Jorge Leon Martinez Spaniard Ship Passenger
Kamil Lemieszewski Polish Noble Man/Jan Kowalski
Karl Farrer Banker
Katherine Waterston Porpentina Scamander
Lasco Atkins Pedestrian
Lobna Futers Witch
Lucie Pohl Secretary
Peter Breitmayer Gilbert Bingley
Richard Douglas Gentleman
Ron Perlman Gnarlack
Ronan Raftery Laurence
Sam Redford Customs Official
Samantha Morton Mary Lou
Sean Cronin Criminal
Zoë Kravitz Cast


Producer Credit
David Heyman Production Executive
J.K. Rowling Producer
Lionel Wigram Producer
Neil Blair Producer
Rick Senat Executive Producer
Steve Kloves Producer
Tim Lewis Executive Producer


Music Credit
James Newton Howard —-

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