100

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By 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.)
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80

Wall Street Journal

By 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.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By 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."
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75

Charlotte Observer

By 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.)
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Chamber of Secrets -- darker, scarier and somewhat better than "Sorcerer's Stone."
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75

ReelViews

By 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.
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75

Boston Globe

By 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. ''
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63

San Francisco Chronicle

By 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.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Chamber is chockablock with action (including a far more exciting game of Quidditch) and crafty special effects.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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