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  • Summary: In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie, putting Harry's integrityIn Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie, putting Harry's integrity in question. Worse, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has appointed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge. But Umbridge's "Ministry-approved" course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark forces threatening them, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry is convinced to take matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore's Army", Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Expand

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  1. Positive: 29 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. For all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet. In some ways, it improves on J.K. Rowling’s novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read.
  2. 88
    It will hook you good and keep you riveted.
  3. 83
    The whole film is about innocence and experience, and if it isn't a Blakean song, it is a sturdy and vibrant piece of prose.
  4. Is there an admired British thespian who hasn't toiled in Potter's field?
  5. 70
    A sleek, swift and exciting adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s longest novel to date.
  6. 63
    Whatever happened to the delight and, if you'll excuse the term, the magic in the "Harry Potter" series? As the characters grow up, the stories grow, too, leaving the innocence behind and confusing us with plots so labyrinthine that it takes a Ph.D from Hogwarts to figure them out.
  7. Less magic also means less fun and discovery, as Harry battles depression and a hostile press; this is the bleakest Potter installment to date, and under David Yates's choppy direction, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, and David Thewlis have little more than walk-ons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 258
  1. Mar 21, 2011
    10
    My personal favorite of the movies, the one I believe is most faithful to the books (while taking into consideration the changes made in theMy personal favorite of the movies, the one I believe is most faithful to the books (while taking into consideration the changes made in the previous movies as well). The final battle between Voldemort and Dumbledore is one of my favorite moments fom the whole Harry Potter franchise. Expand
  2. MichaelP.
    Jul 11, 2007
    10
    Awesome movie, it really captures the essence of the film.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jul 16, 2007
    9
    While it was a bit too fast paced, I think the filmmakers did an awesome job of taking a 900 page book and turning it in a tight, While it was a bit too fast paced, I think the filmmakers did an awesome job of taking a 900 page book and turning it in a tight, psychological thriller. The acting was top notch, especially from Imelda Staunton and Daniel Radcliffe, who gives a powerful, emotional performance. This is a film that leaves you wanting more, which is both criticism and praise. Bring on the Half Blood Prince, Mr Yates. Expand
  4. Aug 9, 2015
    7
    We are coming back a little bit to the awful romance drama that is spewed in this franchise and that relentlessly slow draggy pace, but theWe are coming back a little bit to the awful romance drama that is spewed in this franchise and that relentlessly slow draggy pace, but the darkness of dolores **** umbridge and the way it handles the heist of the ministry of magic keeps this movie entertaining to a teenage demographic. Expand
  5. Dec 25, 2011
    6
    Generally I'm not the kind of fan who is always complaining about how much story and details they cut out from the book. I know some changesGenerally I'm not the kind of fan who is always complaining about how much story and details they cut out from the book. I know some changes are needed due to the running-time and budget, but David Yates is unable to cope with the book's large plot. He edits too much from the novel which results in an unintelligible film for fans and moviegoers alike. Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2012
    4
    Director David Yates, spoiled Harry potter with this one, it's too short comparing it with the book. It gets boring, despite of the friendshipDirector David Yates, spoiled Harry potter with this one, it's too short comparing it with the book. It gets boring, despite of the friendship message, it was horrible. The worst Harry Potter movie. Expand
  7. Berie
    Jul 10, 2007
    0
    A Grave disappointment to Harry Potter fans everywhere.

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