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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.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 386
  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 theDazzling 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. DanielD.
    Jul 16, 2009
    10
    Excellent Adaptation!! Completely thrilling from beginning to end!! I can't wait for DH1 & 2!
  3. AlexK
    Jul 30, 2009
    9
    Awesome like the others, wonderful story filming writing. Great and appeals at everyone. Even the elderly man in front of me was laughing and Awesome like the others, wonderful story filming writing. Great and appeals at everyone. Even the elderly man in front of me was laughing and excited. Expand
  4. Mario
    Jul 25, 2009
    7
    The third best Harry Potter movie after The Philosopher's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
  5. JosephC.
    Jul 15, 2009
    6
    I was totally psyched for The Half Blood Prince when I first saw the trailers. However, after much anticipation and sitting through the 2 and I was totally psyched for The Half Blood Prince when I first saw the trailers. However, after much anticipation and sitting through the 2 and a half hours, I must say I was not impressed. Settings and mood were set beautifully by the lighting and dark scenes, but the movie left me aching for more... yes folks, I must say this movie did not live up to my expectations. The storyline focused way too much on the skittish love lives of the teens, and much of the interesting and important parts of the plot are left out (example: Majority of Tom Riddle's past). The movie definitely did start out with a bang, but slowly fizzled out in the end. The climatic battle that I expected was non-existent, as the struggle between good and evil became a petty effort of vandalism of Hogwarts, highlighted only by the dramatic death of Dumbledore. However, I must admit, some scenes did make me chuckle, but for the 6th installment of the Harry Potter movie, I didn't want watch it for giggles, but wanted a dark, plot moving installment. Instead, I got teen love drama with the occasional escapades about some impending evil. Expand
  6. Jack
    Jul 22, 2009
    4
    Seriously, how could anyone have this rated above 5? I love the series, but Daniel Radcliff has ruined the character of harry. Obviously no Seriously, how could anyone have this rated above 5? I love the series, but Daniel Radcliff has ruined the character of harry. Obviously no one told him that having the same expression on your face for 2 and a half hours isn't actually acting. 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 evenuser 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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