Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)


Critic Consensus: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has glimmers of the magic familiar to Harry Potter fans, but the story's spell isn't as strong as earlier installments.

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At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.


Johnny Depp
as Gellert Grindelwald
Ezra Miller
as Credence Barebone
Zoë Kravitz
as Leta Lestrange
Katherine Waterston
as Tina Goldstein
Eddie Redmayne
as Newt Scamander
Jude Law
as Albus Dumbledore
Carmen Ejogo
as Seraphina Picquery
Alison Sudol
as Queenie Goldstein
Claudia Kim
as Maledictus
Callum Turner
as Theseus Scamander
Dan Fogler
as Jacob Kowalski
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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13)

The movie is too busy bouncing all over the place, stuffing subplot after subplot into the mix.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Crimes of Grindelwald" has one of the biggest third-act reveals in the whole Harry Potter series.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Rowling has surrendered to her maximalist tendencies and so cluttered up the story that you spend far too much time trying to untangle who did what to whom and why.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Newt, meanwhile, never conveys anything resembling an impure impulse. He's as tame as the cuddliest beasts stuffed into his suitcase, and even less than fantastic than the series he headlines.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
AV Club
Top Critic

"The Crimes of Grindelwald" is hampered by the unwieldy meshing together of disparate plots that could service their own films.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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