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  • Summary: Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again. (Warner Bros.) Expand
  • Director: David Yates
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Romance, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 153 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    100
    This film is the sharpest since "The Prisoner of Azkaban." It is the most emotionally satisfying, blending spot-on comedy and adenoidal sexual tension, with scenes of gutsy vulnerability.
  2. It was splendid! No, it’s not a larky kid-pic. We're firmly in the realm of English horror.
  3. 88
    Getting lost in the hypnotic Half-Blood Prince is what gives the movie its haunting power.
  4. 75
    This is the darkest, saddest, most sophisticated Harry Potter film yet.
  5. 75
    I admired this Harry Potter. It opens and closes well, and has wondrous art design and cinematography as always, only more so.
  6. Reviewed by: Tracie Cooper
    75
    The good news is that it comes closer than any of its predecessors, hitting the mark or coming close to it on almost all fronts. With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" being split into two films, the final installment stands an excellent chance of getting it right.
  7. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    60
    For what it is, it's fine.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 384
  1. Dec 17, 2011
    10
    Dazzling visuals, some incredible performances stand out Emma Watson, and some emotional depth make this easily one of the best film's in the franchise. I give this film 95% of a good movie. Expand
  2. DavidC.
    Jul 15, 2009
    10
    Simply beautiful! I left completely in awe! Everything worked so well together, easily my favorite Potter movie now and I am a hard sell. A must see!
  3. JuraM
    Jul 28, 2009
    9
    Perhaps the best in the movie series, and the movie of the year. Despite disappointing some cinema-goers with a total remove of the fun and playful magic seen in the earliest movies the film stays as close as it can to it's page-turning roots. The life and death of the later books are well reflected in this movies. With only some disappointments to the book-readers such as the anti climax "fight" at the end. Managing to retain most of the actors youthful appearances added to the atmosphere. This proves any doubters harry potter can still make a fantastic translation to the screen. Expand
  4. JonasW
    Jul 22, 2009
    7
    The movie was great, it had humour and action and beautiful effects mixed into one great movie. The book which is pretty dark can be hard to get rhough, but this on the other hand was easy with aparts that make you laugh, scream or cry. Though it could be better with the adaption from the books. For many books now they've been making changes, like in the second movie they made the wagons to Hogwarts pulled by white horses, just for the effect. As the books have been reaching new lenghts they have had to cut down on more things and do more changes. Already in the 4th movie they made unforgivable changes that would make the last book hard to adapt to a movie, but they could still fix that in later movies. The 5th movie gave you a feeling that they were in a hurry to get all the scenes done, yet they skipped a lot and changed things too much. Again they also made an unforgivable change not that different from the one in the 4th movie, but I thought they could still fix it in this one. Well, they didn't, in fact they made it even worse by skipping the start making a lot of the things in the 6th movie impossible. Now it's too late to fix any of those things. For us fans who have read the books the movies can be frustrating, for those who haven't it can be confusing. I recommend for those who haven't read the books to do that to get an insight in what happens, and those who have read the books should remember the main story and think of this as a separate movie. It's really a great movie if you look away from the books. Expand
  5. G.S.
    Jul 15, 2009
    6
    Too flat! It completely missed out the build up that was so masterfully done in the book through the contrast between the seemingly unstoppable strengthening of the dark forces and the last happy moments of the "becoming of age" period at Hogwarts. Also, the relationship between Harry and Dumbledore (one of the key "engines" in the book) is left unexplored. Consequently, the end which is supposed to throw you of the chair simply Expand
  6. MitchellZ
    Jul 20, 2009
    4
    Ugghh! What a crashing bore of a movie. Two and a half-blood-prince hours of nothing that led nowhere. Daniel Radcliff has trouble carrying a wand, forget a movie. This guy needs a primer in facial expressions, emotive acting, something to keep me interested and aligned with his character!!! The clunky dialogue doesn't help either. I do hove to say that the film was reaching for a darker mood and theme and almost got their on a few occasions. But for the most part the movie was thoroughly uninteresting, unexciting, un-magical!--just UN!! I did like Michael Gambon as Dumbledore-more uncle that foreboding wizard-and of course Rickman as Snape. For the two part finale I say "Bring on the Death Eaters! Lay waste to Hogwarts!" Now that would be a fun movie. Expand
  7. AnonA
    Jun 10, 2009
    0
    user reviews are so arbitrary that so many of them are just based on first impressions as indicated by how many reviews are out right now even though the movie hasn't even finished post production yet. User reviews should be limited to people who have metacritic accounts, because user ratings right now are completely pointless. Expand

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