I can’t get a handle on the world of Harry Potter, so I polled my Brain Trust and got these results:
Franchezka Westwood, while not a book fan, was able to follow the storyline and thought the action and suspenseful elements were first class. Franchezka’s pals felt this edition was not as exciting as the previous films.
Potter scholar, Ellen Smith, felt the screenplay was watered down so non-readers could better follow the machinations of the hero and his comrades. Key scenes were left out.
Angela Thomas feels that "Chamber of Secrets" is the best film in the series.