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It Chapter Two Reviews

September 21, 2019
Trimming the adults' often soppy individual narratives to focus on their more interesting dynamic as a group might have mitigated some of the numbness that sets in from predictability.
September 9, 2019
Not unlike the town in which it's set, Muschietti's It only sees what it wants to.
September 7, 2019
The result is a film with all the unsettling power and visual elan of the kiddy-friendly Goosebumps series (Jack Black + monsters = zzzz).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 6, 2019
"It" never decides which fears to take at face value and which exist only in the subconscious, and winds up confused as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 6, 2019
It's obvious that the filmmakers failed to fully reckon with what they've put on the screen, and the results are grim.
September 6, 2019
Overall, "It Chapter Two" is a fitting companion piece to the first film. There are flaws, to be sure, but nothing you wouldn't expect going in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 6, 2019
Chapter Two goes deeper than its predecessor, and yet never loses a feeling of shallowness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 6, 2019
It Chapter Two can be a sprawling, unwieldy mess -- overlong, overstuffed and full of frustrating detours -- but its casting is so spot-on ... the film keeps you hooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2019
The new chapter doesn't bring much fresh psychological shading to this process. Instead, the film bombards us with plot and monsters that pile up like toys in the attic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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September 5, 2019
The first It brought a robust blockbuster maximalism to the horror genre, and the sequel, like many blockbuster franchises, starts to list from all the baggage.
September 5, 2019
A wearisome sequel by returning director Andy Muschietti that runs nearly three hours, paying tedious obeisance to King's overwritten prose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 5, 2019
Considering the challenges associated with adapting the second half of the novel, the filmmakers have done an adequate job, which is probably all that's needed to make Chapter Two a major box office success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 5, 2019
"Chapter Two" languishes over two hours and 49 minutes and it feels even longer because of its structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 5, 2019
Rather than using the extended running time to dig deep into these characters, director Andy Muschietti, who also directed the original, piles on the frights in a manner that builds to an ending drenched in hysteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 5, 2019
Muschietti and his newly expanded cast come through pretty satisfyingly at points. But they also come up short at others, and at still others shift priorities entirely to concentrate instead on ante-upping chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2019
The various ghouls that besiege the grown-up Loser's Club, all visions of Pennywise, are silly, textureless creations. With them, suspense is in short supply.
September 5, 2019
Almost as scary but not quite as grabby as Chapter One, the grownup second half of Stephen King's horror saga is lifted by a great Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård's iconic psycho clown Pennywise, but hobbled by a nearly three-hour run time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 4, 2019
An awkward mix of humor and horror that brings Stephen King's "It" to a disappointing end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 4, 2019
Even without the cohesive story and Spielberg-ian charms of the first film, the sequel still delivers ample shock and awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 4, 2019
Real trauma is given the same consideration as a literal funhouse of horrors, which cheapens what the characters and audience are put through.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 4, 2019
It's a movie that whenever all else fails (regularly here) sends for the digital effects team.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 4, 2019
When the nightmare becomes a daydream, it is best to call It a day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 4, 2019
That sheer much-ness is in the spirit of King's massive book. "Chapter Two" is, for better or worse, a horror carnival.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 3, 2019
If Muschietti's achievement with these two features is one more of managerial smarts and problem-solving than anything else, still his skill and control is welcome.
September 3, 2019
This is a solid, extremely well-crafted, great-looking and occasionally quite chilling film, with terrific performances by the grown-ups as well as the returning kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 3, 2019
It traverses gutting emotional terrain, saved by an excellent cast...
September 3, 2019
Pennywise's evils have a numbing effect. He's capable of blood-curling murder and yet lacks a truly scary bogeyman appeal. You've seen one shape-shifting scam, you've seen them all.
September 3, 2019
It's all incredibly Jungian, dredging up their shadows in order to face them. But in the process, it becomes clear the horrors of the real world are so much more horrifying than any giant murderous statues, puking ghouls or elderly wraiths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 3, 2019
Slick, self-indulgent, never-ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 3, 2019
It's a whole lot less scary or fun the second time around.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 3, 2019
Skarsgard finds new ways to totally freak you out, even in a surprisingly human fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 3, 2019
It Chapter Two is in many ways a victim of its own success, a sequel virtually assured a vast audience that proceeds to undermine its virtues by conspicuously overplaying them and overstaying its welcome.
September 3, 2019
Even if the film is mostly too lacking in narrative momentum to be truly suspenseful, it retains a disturbing quality which stems precisely from Muschietti's willingness to court the absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 3, 2019
Hader rises above the rest. If you've seen "Barry," his HBO series, you know he has no problem blending comedy and drama. In this case, he adds horror to the mix, and he's just as good at that, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 3, 2019
It's an admirable attempt, and there's a lot of artistry on show here, but there's no escaping how truly unwieldy the final product is.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 3, 2019
Really, the main problem with Chapter Two is that it goes on, and on, for so very long.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 3, 2019
It Chapter Two isn't better than Chapter One. It's certainly not scarier. Here's the thing, though: when it counts, it's every bit as thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 3, 2019
Hader's wonderful ability to meld humour and horror, using each to animate the other, is the best special effect that money can buy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 3, 2019
When it comes down to it, It Chapter Two just isn't all that scary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 3, 2019
It is just so pointlessly long: approaching three hours, with our heroes finally beginning to assume a glassy-eyed solemnity like Hogwarts graduates or the Fellowship of the Ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 3, 2019
An immensely satisfying, often thrilling adventure film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 3, 2019
Literally doubling the number of actors that played key roles in its predecessor, 2017's Chapter One, the film puts excellent thesps in the parts but winds up feeling much less satisfying.
September 3, 2019
This 2-hour-49-minute movie drags more than it jumps, wearing out its premise and possibly also your patience as it lumbers toward the final showdown.
September 3, 2019
An elaborate fun-house horror movie that springs pop-up gimmicks and boogie-boogie scares steadily enough to excuse its been-there story and self-important 169-minute running time.
September 3, 2019
Even as it drifts into narrative indiscipline, you appreciate the movie's attempt to make sense of a troubled, beclowned present.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5