It: Chapter Two

It: Chapter Two

It: Chapter Two

James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader star in the sequel to 2017's hit horror, set 27 years after the events of the first film. Director Andy Muschietti returns, along with Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.

2019Rating: R16, Graphic violence, offensive language & cruelty169 minsUSA
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It: Chapter Two / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

Building on the effective scares of the first film, director Andy Muschietti shows an inventiveness with horror sequences that may not always chill to the bone but impress with an apparent love for stop-motion animation (Tool music videos, perhaps?), borderline cartoonish grotesqueries and an appreciation for how to best take Pennywise from playing the forlorn clown to threatening figure and eventually chomping away on his victims.

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Newshub

Newshub

IT Chapter Two closes the book on the greatest modern horror story in worthy fashion. It's a film that's not only terrifying, but also touching, frequently funny and wildly imaginative.

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Stuff

Stuff

There is plenty of film-making craft on the screen, a bunch of pretty good gags, an acceptable amount of well-engineered jump-scares and some truly exceptional detail and design to drink in when your attention for the story falters.

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Time Out

Time Out

Even as it drifts into narrative indiscipline, you appreciate the movie's attempt to make sense of a troubled, beclowned present.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

While the film stumbles and meanders... there's no denying that it delivers enough set-pieces for three regular horror films.

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Total Film

Total Film

Huge kudos goes to Muschietti for again capturing the essence of King's magnum opus.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A psychologically merciless sequel, everything here is as it should be: deeper, scarier, funnier. Muschietti in particular has stepped up, skilfully guiding us through a rollicking funhouse. It is obscenely entertaining.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

When it comes down to it, It Chapter Two just isn't all that scary.

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The Age

The Age

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.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

There's nowhere else to go: history repeats itself, the film tells us. So does trauma. And so, apparently, do movies.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It traverses gutting emotional terrain, saved by an excellent cast...

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Bloody, surreal and at times confounding, It Chapter Two is an ambitious slice of cosmic horror bolstered by strong performances, enthusiastic direction and a fantastic (in all sense of the word) monster.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Even without the cohesive story and Spielberg-ian charms of the first film, the sequel still delivers ample shock and awe.

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