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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Family . Fantasy . Adventure

Everyone's favorite novice wizard, Harry Potter, continues his high-flying adventures at Hogwarts. This time around, Harry ignores warnings not to return to school - that is, if he values his life - to investigate a mysterious series of attacks with Ron and Hermione.

Actors: Richard Griffiths , Sean Biggerstaff , Heather Bleasdale , Maggie Smith , Robbie Coltrane , Alan Rickman , Richard Harris , Kenneth Branagh , Emma Watson , Rupert Grint , Daniel Radcliffe
Directors: Chris Columbus
Country: UK , USA , GERMANY
Release: 2002-11-15
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  • Roger Ebert

    Brimming with invention and new ideas, and its Hogwarts School seems to expand and deepen before our very eyes into a world large enough to conceal unguessable secrets -- What a glorious movie.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    It's definitely an enchanting spectacular for Potter fans anxious to ride the Hogwarts Express toward a new year of magic and mischief.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    And 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.)

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Best of all, the second Potter movie reunites its adult cast: Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, John Cleese, Alan Rickman, Julie Walters and others -- a veritable Who's Who of British actors that single-handedly elevates the proceedings out of the kid's movie genre into something special.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Darker and more dramatic, this account of Harry's troubled second year at Hogwarts may be a bit overlong and unmodulated in pacing, but it possesses a confidence and intermittent flair that begin to give it a life of its own apart of the literary franchise, something the initial picture never achieved.

    Variety Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Columbus beautifully realizes many of Rowling's fantastic conceits -- but for the last hour I was searching for a spell to make the credits appear.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The Chamber of Secrets -- darker, scarier and somewhat better than "Sorcerer's Stone."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Moves the franchise even closer to Indiana Jones territory, with bloodcurdling action scenes and a passel of climactic computer-generated slime beasties unparalleled in their potential ability to -- I'm quoting from both book and film here -- '' rip, tear, rend, kill. ''

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A fun, fantastic adventure, but, watching it, I had the sense that it could have been even better than it is. I was diverted and entertained, but never truly absorbed.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    There's a missing element whose absence, forgive me, I can't help but lament. This is a movie about magic that ultimately lacks the magic of movies."

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Plusses and minuses work out about evenly, if you compare the sequel to "Sorcerer's Stone." The three young leads act with more assurance; Radcliffe emerges as a leader, rather than one leg of a triangle. (Too bad he no longer expects to make all seven of the proposed pictures.)

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Frank Lovece

    While this is just as long as the first film, more convincing special effects help make time fly.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Columbus' sequel is faster, livelier and a good deal funnier than his original, due to the presence of some new characters.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Park

    Chamber's charm lies in the sheer visualization of Rowling's weirder inventions: pots of shrivel-phizzed screaming treelets, Harry's arm gone boneless from a bungled spell, a scolding letter from home that leaps to life as a yapping paper mouth.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Nothing from the book is left to wither away. That should please the vast reading audience that'll watch the movie.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Columbus never quite captures the depth, the rich complexities of Rowling's novels. She's written four Harry Potter books for kids that adults swoon for, too. Columbus has made two Harry Potter movies for kids … and we'll leave it at that. That isn't bad. But I suspect there's something better just around the bend.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    It remains an expertly assembled companion piece to its source material, with charms you can't overlook. But the great Harry Potter should be casting a more powerful spell.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Doesn't feel quite so lengthy as its predecessor. And while it still falls short of becoming the classic fans so badly want it to be, the film is livelier and better overall than "The Sorcerer's Stone."

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Chamber is chockablock with action (including a far more exciting game of Quidditch) and crafty special effects.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Screenwriter Steve Kloves still seems overly dedicated to cramming in every detail of J.K. Rowling's novel - while tacking on a schmaltzy Hollywood ending.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Scenes that should have been cut are included, so as not to disappoint anyone. What could have been a small, sweet and genuinely scary film is instead a full hour too long and many millions too fat.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Drags on and on and could frighten little kids. But Kenneth Branaugh is one bright light in Chamber of Secrets.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Rick Kisonak

    May just be the most quintessential Steven Spielberg movie Steven Spielberg never made.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    This time around, Harry Potter has more to worry about than the Dark Arts -- though parts of The Chamber of Secrets are spellbinding, he seems to be suffering from a bit of sequelitis.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    A well-chosen cast helps make the wild notions convincing, and director Chris Columbus presents it all in an attractive, thoroughly watchable package. But try imagining a universe in which the Harry Potter series existed only in film form.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    The film's scary moments are too monstrous and its happy times have too much idiotic beaming, making the film feel like the illegitimate offspring of "Alien" and "The Absent-Minded Professor."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    By the end, instead of feeling stirred to a high pitch of anxiety and excitement, you may feel battered and worn down. But not, in the end, too terribly disappointed.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    It's fun to see the regular gang on hand for new adventures, joined by fresh characters who add touches of novelty and spice. But the secrets in this chamber aren't all that amazing once you get a glimpse of them.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    After its deceptively fleet opening 20 minutes or so, Chamber of Secrets settles into a plodding amble, a rickety framework in which many allegedly exciting things happen -- and are forgotten only minutes later. Full Review
  • Eric Campos

    With “Chamber of Secrets,” all we get is a f____ "Scooby Doo" episode. Boo on everyone involved...BOOOOOOOO!

    Film Threat Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I can't think of a movie this long that has left me so starved for a movie.

    Slate Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Big, dull and empty -- nobody associated with this production appears to have thought hard about storytelling.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first. It's also longer, by nine minutes, but hold that protest to the Kidney Foundation; the time flies, albeit in fits and starts, like players on a Quidditch field.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review