Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    Newell puts his own stamp on the franchise and delivers the best Potter movie yet filmed.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    No, I couldn't be more pleased with what the screenwriter, Steven Kloves, and the director, Mike Newell, have wrought this time.
  3. There's ample reason to stay with this series. When Harry says "I love magic," you believe it.
  4. 91
    A mature, tense, frightening and altogether masterful film.
  5. Harry IV is an intelligent, visually seductive and mostly very satisfying fantasy epic of the first order.
  6. 90
    Its look has the same grudging beauty that, once you get used to it, English weather does: It's so defiant in its grayness that you come to appreciate its conviction.
  7. It's not until Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that a film has successfully re-created the sense of stirring magical adventure and engaged, edge-of-your-seat excitement that has made the books such an international phenomenon.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Last year's "The Prisoner of Azkaban" seemed dark, but this excellent fourth film derived from J.K. Rowling's books is the darkest "Potter" yet, intense enough to warrant a PG-13 rating.
  9. The studio, like plucky Harry, passes with flying colors. The new one, directed by Mike Newell from another astute script by Mr. Kloves, is even richer and fuller, as well as dramatically darker. It's downright scary how good this movie is.
  10. 88
    The film is more violent, less cute than the others, but the action is not the mindless destruction of a video game; it has purpose, shape and style.
  11. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter just keeps growing up. So do the Potter movies, in size, in ambition and in visual splendor - and with increasingly stunning results.
  12. The darkest, most thrilling entry yet in the movie franchise.
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Goblet of Fire is the entry in which Rowling finally took off the gloves.
  14. Death, torture, humour and even budding eroticism -- now this is more like it.
  15. 80
    The film's quick pace and near-constant action carries you along quite nicely, and by the time Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) makes his climactic appearance, one can't help but look forward to the remaining films.
  16. 80
    Whenever it hits its stride, it's a well-acted, vividly executed, full-speed-ahead special-effects extravaganza that puts as much bang as possible into every remaining scene.
  17. In the grand scheme of things, Goblet of Fire is perhaps closest to the original "Sorcerer's Stone."
  18. His (Ralph Fiennes) Voldemort may be the greatest screen performance ever delivered without the benefit of a nose; certainly it's a performance of sublime villainy.
  19. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The uncontestable triumph of Goblet of Fire, however, is Brendan Gleeson's Alastor (Mad-Eye) Moody, the grizzled new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.
  20. Probably the most engaging Potter film of the series thus far.
  21. 80
    By a pleasing irony, the parts of the film that stay with you are concerned not with the dark arts but with something far more unstoppable: teen-agers.
  22. Qualitatively different from its cinematic forbears: It doesn't linger on the gothic curlicues of its source material, it moves straightforwardly from place to place, and it emphasizes the emotional development of its characters with dramatic interplay rather than expressionistic, atmospheric gloom.
  23. 75
    With the cast getting looser and the mind games kinkier, it's hard to resist.
  24. 75
    It's a testament to the power of the story -- and this engaging adaptation -- that leaving Hogwarts is tough anyway.
  25. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Fine for people of developing minds, but the story so often stops its forward motion to take us on long detours into the land of CGI effects that it amounts to a $150 million magic show.
  26. Goblet of Fire, fourth in the fantasy franchise, is the most fun and the most fraught with conflict.
  27. Offers a brew of wondrous chimera combined with the wonders of human nature.
  28. 75
    Inventive visuals and funny bits abound, but the film's gritty look and unsentimental characterizations - Harry, Hermione and Ron are far from golden teens - ominously foreshadow the truly wicked shape of things to come.
  29. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    It's hard to beat the last movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," and this film is not better, but it has much to recommend it.
  30. 75
    Imperfect, but magical nonetheless.
  31. The best thing about the picture is Harry's new maturity: For the first time, he dominates a picture named for him.
  32. 70
    A 157-minute holding pattern in which neither of the ongoing stories--Harry's conflict with the evil sorcerer Voldemort, the young schoolmates' coming of age at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft--progresses much.
  33. Kids may be appropriately terrified, but to this overgrown Potter fan, Voldemort, the Darth Vader of the black arts, was a heck of a lot scarier when you couldn't see him.
  34. 67
    Too bad the bulk of Rowling's humor goes down a black-magic drain.
  35. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Terrific effects and considerable charm, but, once again, you can't help wishing the filmmakers had been bolder with the adaptation.
  36. 60
    Came alive only in the presence of a supposed dead man -- specifically, the nefarious Lord Voldemort.
  37. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    To this viewer and reader, the decade-old juggernaut is as deeply felt as it is flawed, dense and illogical and laudably "weird."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 715 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 311
  1. Dec 17, 2011
    Thrilling with some great performances, and dazzling visuals and Potters most complex story yet, and definitely the most entertaining of all of the Potters. I give this movie 92% of a good film. Full Review »
  2. Sep 23, 2011
    The movie's story is very linear. However, the Potter cast & crew makes the story very easy to follow. Overall a enjoyable summer blockbuster you can't miss. Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    Though the book was tantamount for the series, this is most definitely the weakest of the Harry Potter movies. The biggest travesty is that the movie completely loses steam halfway through and ruins arguably the best climax of all seven books because of it. It's also frustrating to watch the movie straddle between being a "grown-up" vs. a "kiddie" movie, as if the producers struggled to plaster the movie with a PG rating while it was destined to be PG-13. Full Review »