Reviews: It Chapter Two (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: At least returning screenwriter Gary Dauberman sets up a running gag about Bill’s inability to end any of his books well, a charge that could be leveled at King…whose source material is, frankly, one of these films’ biggest problems.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
  • Karl Delossantos @
    • Excerpt: Rather than adding onto and complementing the first movie, It Chapter Two feels bogged down by it. Director Andy Muschietti and screenwriter Gary Dauberman try to make the movie funnier, scarier, more intense, and more emotional. As a result, it’s none of those things.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The film isn’t as tightly focused and constructed as the first, but it is significantly more fun and adventurous.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New] | Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The drama is so sloppily constructed, ultimately it doesn’t feel like a story but rather a highlight reel for the visual effects teams.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A bigger misfire than its predecessor, and a waste of a great cast. Unsupportably overlong, with a feel-good self-care denouement that’s almost dangerous. The only terrifying thing here is the tedium.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The episodic “face your inner demon” scenes needlessly extend the story diluting the horror in the process. Muschietti stills knows how to cinematically murder children, but Pennywise and company lack the spit and vigor from Chapter 1.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Even if it’s nowhere near as overtly scary as the first chapter, what the story gets at thematically is an effective fulfillment of what has already been established.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: It’s about self-empowerment rising to defeat the self-doubt and self-loathing spawned from vicious external sources that were often supposed to be their protectors.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: It: Chapter 2 had me floating away with the feeling I’ve spent five hours with this series, with no real thoughts other than seeing a missed opportunity.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: It Chapter Two’ is clunky, too long, and not as scary as it could have been, but when it hits, it really hits.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: The plot is a bit of a mess, it feels about 12 hours long, and the way they appropriate indigenous peoples is gross. Still, the movie is quite fun in parts, and the character of Pennywise, and Bill Skarsgård’s performance, is chilling.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens