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  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
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  1. Harry IV is an intelligent, visually seductive and mostly very satisfying fantasy epic of the first order.
  2. 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.
  3. Probably the most engaging Potter film of the series thus far.
  4. 75
    With the cast getting looser and the mind games kinkier, it's hard to resist.
  5. Goblet of Fire, fourth in the fantasy franchise, is the most fun and the most fraught with conflict.
  6. 60
    Came alive only in the presence of a supposed dead man -- specifically, the nefarious Lord Voldemort.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 320
  1. JeffF.
    Nov 21, 2005
    10
    I had a great time watching this film. I'm always concerned that book-to-film adaptations will lose a lot of the finer points of the I had a great time watching this film. I'm always concerned that book-to-film adaptations will lose a lot of the finer points of the book, but that's not the case here. The writing team very nicely trimmed the fat of the book and even enhanced it as they realized there are six distinct acts of narrative, and the rest is non-essential. The only noteworthy plot "changes" are that Barty Crouch Jr appears in the first scene, and the third task is modified a bit (no cloud, skrewt, or sphinx). No house elves either, so anything that Dobby or Winky did was assigned to someone else. They also chopped a ton off the introduction (gimme more Mr. Weasley!) A couple other quick complaints: Hermione is definitely getting around (Ron, Harry, and Krum all seem to be getting some) and Dumbledore has an explosive temper I don't recall reading about (Richard Harris is still missed). The leadup to and the Yule Ball scene were hilarious - boys and girls are so dumb at age 14. The new cast additions are all great: Mad-Eye Moody is magnificent, Rita Skeeter is correctly abominable (but underused) and you can't help but have a huge crush on Cho Chang. The tournament tasks are appropriately breathtaking and the final showdown is equally creepy and exhilarating (what a surprise, Ralph Fiennes is great). I'm thrilled they got this one right; good luck making a movie of the 5th book. Expand
  2. Gonzo
    Dec 21, 2005
    10
    Spectacular!Its the best blockbuster of the year!I watched King Kong and Narnia,but none of them compare to the fuel and beauty that Goblet Spectacular!Its the best blockbuster of the year!I watched King Kong and Narnia,but none of them compare to the fuel and beauty that Goblet of Fire carries.Its a film that has everything: Horror,Comedy,Romance,Drama,Action,Suspense.The maze was amazing,and the effects are brilliant.Thank you Mike Newell,for bringing a film with flying colors and triumphant action. Expand
  3. Mar 19, 2011
    10
    My personal favorite in the series and in my opinion the best in the series, it's funnier and has more action, and the story is the best yet,My personal favorite in the series and in my opinion the best in the series, it's funnier and has more action, and the story is the best yet, a must see and deserving of nothing less than a perfect 10 not because it's the best Harry Potter, but because it will suck you in, a must see for fans. Expand
  4. DondoV.
    Nov 24, 2005
    9
    A very intense and well made adventure.
  5. JeffP.
    Apr 4, 2006
    8
    I gave this film an 8, I have read all the books, my basic run down starts from 10, it lost one point for missing a few senses and lost I gave this film an 8, I have read all the books, my basic run down starts from 10, it lost one point for missing a few senses and lost another point for being a little hard to follow if you haven't read the books or seen the other three movies and thus know the characters. However we must all remember that when things change from book to movie that it's not going to be the same. The book was over 600 pages long, to fit everything the movie would have to be almost 4hours and 30 mins long. Some of us (me) wouldn't mind that but that hard to do with some people. All in all good movie likeable characters (even if one of them isn't explained entirely in their emotions to me (ron)), always room for improvement of course. Can't wait to see more. Expand
  6. DavidB.
    Dec 4, 2005
    7
    Probably the best potter film yet, yet I did not like the Voldemort adaption at the end... I feel they could have done more with it. However, Probably the best potter film yet, yet I did not like the Voldemort adaption at the end... I feel they could have done more with it. However, the rest of the film is great and anyone who likes Harry Potter will dig this film. Expand
  7. davidc.
    Dec 3, 2005
    0
    Hail to the thief There is not a skant of originality to be found in this waifer thin super british film(why in films are the british so Hail to the thief There is not a skant of originality to be found in this waifer thin super british film(why in films are the british so toffy nosed, and exageratedly propper? we are not really like this). The last Harry Snotter film was much better. Expand

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