Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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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
Kevin Guthrie
as Abernathy
Carmen Ejogo
as Seraphina Picquery
Wolf Roth
as Spielman
Eddie Redmayne
as Newt Scamander
Zoë Kravitz
as Leta Lestrange
Callum Turner
as Theseus Scamander
Derek Riddell
as Torquil Travers
Cornell John
as Arnold Guzman
Ezra Miller
as Credence Barebone
Maja Bloom
as Carrow
Jude Law
as Albus Dumbledore
Dan Fogler
as Jacob Kowalski
Alison Sudol
as Queenie Goldstein
Katherine Waterston
as Tina Goldstein
Alfie Mailley
as Child in Bubble
Claudia Kim
as Maledictus, Nagini
William Nadylam
as Yusuf Kama
David Wilmot
as Portkey Tout
Ed Gaughan
as French Policeman
Olivia Popica
as Receptionist
Daniele Hugues
as Irma Dugard
Isaac Cortinovis Johnson
as McClaggan's Friend
Alfie Simmons
as McClaggan
Fiona Glascott
as Minerva McGonagall
Jamie Campbell Bower
as Young McGonagall
Toby Regbo
as Young Grindelwald
Jemima Woolnough
as Gryffindor Girl
Hollie Burgess
as Gryffindor Girl
Thea Lamb
as Young Leta Lestrange (13-16 Years Old)
Joshua Shea
as Young Newt (13-16 Years Old)
Alfrun Rose
as Red-Haired Witch
Brontis Jodorowsky
as Nicolas Flamel
Jessica Williams
as Eulalie Flamel
Isaura Barbe
as Brown-Laurena Kama
Hugh Quarshie
as Mustafa Kama
Isaac Domingos
as Yusuf Kama (12 Years Old)
Keith Chanter
as Corvus Lestrange Senior
Ruby Woolfenden
as Young Leta Lestrange (3-6 Years Old)
Linda Santiago
as Credence's Aunt
Christopher Birks
as Young Auror-Auditorium
Simon Wan
as Chang
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

All Critics (310) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (196)

  • A bunch of building at this stage. At some point, I want to live in the world, not watch it being put together.

    Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Never for a frame less than gorgeous to the eye, its beauty saves these beasts.

    Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • About as exciting as a trip to Hogwarts's most neglected lavatory.

    Nov 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Dash it all, even the devoted will likely struggle with the reams of expository talk and gobs of unearned feeling and scads of largely pointless beasties, plus some just plain lazy visuals (looking at you, magic cats).

    Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • More workmanlike than magical, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" nevertheless feels like an upgrade from its predecessor, one that adds star power, introduces key characters and lays the foundation for a genuine "Wizarding World" franchise.

    Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry
    Top Critic
  • The Crimes of Grindelwald feels hollow and disconnected, like it could have been made by anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Rowling's wizarding world.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

  • Jul 10, 2019
    This has a large canvas but the storyline is uneventful and misleading. This is a world building movie, nothing more. Depp is great and attempts to inject himself into the series, but he is missing for most of the film. Redmayne is sidelined for this film and all the hard work from the last film feel like nothing. Comparing this to the first is unavoidable and sadly this never feels like the fun filled film that was. I wanted a complete film with hints for the next, but this plays out like a saga film and offers little. Great cast are not allowed substance and this film is the least liked of the overall franchise. Too much of everything and offering nothing. 07/07/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2019
    Even if the first one lacked compelling characters, it at least felt like they were trying something different. This one just feels like a rehash while having too much plot.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2019
    What a disappointment! Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was such a waste of time that I could have slept right through and woken up just for the final 15 minutes and never missed a thing. For a die hard fan, I left the cinema feeling betrayed and milked by a greedy film studio and an author who should leave writing screenplays to real screenplay writers. The uneven pacing and poor direction gave me cause to yawn, The one thing that really got me irritated was the ensemble cast in this latest "universe". Sadly, it was one too many bad actors and terrible acting. I have to say Johnny Depp didn't fit in this universe at all, as his celebrity status came across as bigger than the character. You don't see Grindelwald, you just see Johnny Depp. Acting fail. Eddie Redmayne as the main lead Newt Scamander felt like a fly on the wall as CGI took over with all the myriad characters and subplots creating more meandering and tested my patience. Unless there's a change to the screenwriter and the director, I'm not watching the next segment. Don't waste my time.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2018
    You probably forgot most of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, aside from a few details. It was a decent, but overstuffed prequel. It benefitted from its charming 1920's New York setting, a couple of performances, and the promise of an interesting series, even if this initial foray was a bit messy and pointless. But all would be forgiven if J. K. Rowling and David Yates could pull off a better sequel and justify the heinous threat of FOUR MORE installments. Surely, the two people most responsible for making Harry Potter such an international success could turn mediocrity into victory. So, they fucked up. BIG TIME. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (god that's such a miserable title) is a poorly made slogfest that advances the story very little and does nothing but set up presumably better sequels. I like to call that "Dead Man's Chest Syndrome." Problem is back when POTC was making pointless sequels, audiences were willing to put up with it. Now in 2018 there are simply too many movies, TV shows, and bad Netflix decisions to endure, so they had an easy time letting Crimes underperform. It's been no more than two weeks since I've seen this movie and I can barely remember five scenes. It's that forgettable. David Yates has always been a workman-like director who gets the job done, but with little flourish. But not even that is on display here, as this picture is LAZY. Not to mention bad dialogue. The CGI action looks pretty much the exact same as the Harry Potter movies from a decade ago. (And let me tell you, that look is aging poorly.) Most of the performances are adequate despite this, and there were a few standouts such as Zoe Kravitz, Dan Fogler, and Katherine Waterson. Jude Law's Dumbledore is...okay for the five minutes he's onscreen. Eddie Redmayne looks bored and detached. Grindelwald himself is an interesting and semi-complex villain, but the movie he's trapped in doesn't serve him well. Depp can only do so much with this material, miscast or not. I think we have to admit that the Harry Potter universe only really works when the core characters from the original series are the focus. The world they inhabit isn't as interesting as people used to pretend. Devoted fans have already seen it, but I would advise anyone else from wasting their time or money on it. It's a crime.
    Joshua S Super Reviewer

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