2nd in the series, we decided to watch it 2nd in our preparation for seeing the new one in the theater. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the 2nd and last Harry Potter film to be directed by Chris Columbus.
Roger Ebert loves it, saying "The first movie was the setup, and this one is the payoff." Moria doesn't like the books and says, "The only real complaints one has with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets are all J.K. Rowling’s." The New York Times has a mixed review. Rolling Stone also offers a mixed review, opening with this: "It's not that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second of J.K. Rowling's Potter novels to hit the screen, is a bad movie. It's an improvement on the first."