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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

 
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At Theaters: 11/18/2016 On Video: 3/28/2017
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 12 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600876
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
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Adventure Fantasy - This effects-heavy period fantasy adventure is set in the backstory of the Harry Potter universe, but with adult characters as the focus, it doesn't have quite the same kid appeal as those films. That said, most parents will find this to be safe viewing for the family though there is some very mildly suggestive humor, and as with the Harry Potter films, some disturbing imagery that may be too scary and intense for very young kids. Eddie Redmayne fans will be pleased though other familiar faces such as Colin Farrell have smaller parts.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Eddie Redmayne THE DANISH GIRL, JUPITER ASCENDING
Ezra Miller THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
Colin Farrell THE LOBSTER, WINTER'S TALE, SAVING MR. BANKS, EPIC
Director: David Yates THE LEGEND OF TARZAN
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 miscellaneous profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights with magic between people and creatures.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Chases, fighting, destruction.
COMEDY: Silly banter, wisecracks, and sight gags; some very mild suggestive humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Fantastic Beasts is an enjoyable stand-alone but its position as the progenitor of a new franchise remains unclear. Fantastic Beasts is sufficiently detached from the Harry Potter books/movies so that a prospective viewer doesn't require familiarity with the latter to enjoy the former.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good There are plot points that rush by without being fully explained and characters who will hopefully become more fleshed out in later installments. As is all too common in blockbusters lately, violence primarily takes the form of destruction of urban landscapes.

USA Today Full Review
Good Like most franchise-starting vehicles, Fantastic Beasts tries to do way too much in two hours. Wizarding is serious business and some of the darker scenes seem inconsistent with the film's lighthearted nature. ...whether you're a Potterhead or not, Beasts creates a story that's both original and enchanting.

NY Post Full Review
Average ... the cast of characters you'll find here is a pale imitation of her Hogwarts heroes. the film's sluggish pacing and weirdly muted delivery — of nearly every character save Miller's — made me long for a "wrap it up, already” spell.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 132 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
19
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
9
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
17
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
30
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
41
High
93%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 132 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: Great reviews from the kids! Nearly everyone loved "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
TEENS: GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females. Only a few females rated it as low as "average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Of the 8 males, 5 loved it and 3 rated it "above average," which indicates they enjoyed it very much. Same thing for the 8 females. Five loved it and 3 enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS: Half the males loved it with another 25%, or so, rating it "above average." Close to 20% rated it "average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Close to 10% actually disliked it, which is unusual and surprising for this type of movie. As for the females, just over 60% loved it with another 15% enjoying it very much. Like the males, about 15% felt it was just an "average" movie with close to 10% actually disliking it.

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