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.
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.
Excerpt: Based on Stephen King’s novel, IT Chapter Two satisfyingly concludes a decades-long saga against the child-murdering clown Pennywise, but a nearly three-hour runtime is more likely to scare viewers away than the movie itself.
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.
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.
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.