Metascore
81

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
    100
    Newell puts his own stamp on the franchise and delivers the best Potter movie yet filmed.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    100
    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
    90
    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
    88
    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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 720 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 311
  1. Dec 17, 2011
    9
    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
    8
    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
    5
    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 »