Ryan Daniel’s review published on Letterboxd:
I watched all of these back when I was in middle school, and I don’t remember a single thing about them. This is better than I thought it was gonna be, but it’s also way cheesier than I remember. I’m guessing they get less cheesy the older the kids get.
I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t a huge fan of the kid’s performances. It may have been the dialogue more than the performances, but something about it was too over the top. Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman make up for it, though.
The special effects have definitely aged, but for 2001, they’re not too bad and they have a nostalgic quality to them even though I don’t remember the movie as a whole too well. Definitely entertaining if nothing else.