"...Many of the sequences are thrilling....The visual environment is beautifully conceived and skillfully rendered..."
New York Times
"...CHAMBER OF SECRETS, the movie weaves a powerful spell over its audience..."
"...[The film has] new characters, marvelously played by fresh king-and-queen hams who conjure the old-fashioned art of well-placed acting..."
"...The young actors -- Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Rupert Grint as Ron, and Emma Watson as Hermione -- exude a new ease..."
"...It affords an opportunity for such character actors as Kenneth Branagh and Shirley Henderson to let rip....[The] monsters from the first film are smoother and more nuanced here..."
Sight and Sound
"...CHAMBER OF SECRETS, like its predecessor, is intelligently cast and makes good use of behind-the-camera talent..."
Los Angeles Times
"...Enchanting....We see even more of the exquisitely realized Harry Potter universe in this outing..."
"...It possesses a confidence and intermittent flair that begin to give it a life of its own....[The] film features a commanding turn by Christian Coulson..."