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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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  1. Negative: 45 out of 252
  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. CraigS.
    Jul 11, 2007
    10
    This movie was the best so far, the director cut the right story lines and combined appropriate story lines to create a solid, condensed film This movie was the best so far, the director cut the right story lines and combined appropriate story lines to create a solid, condensed film that should leave most Harry Potter fans happy. Expand
  3. SamF
    Jul 16, 2007
    9
    Movie did a great job of incorporating as much detail & plot as allowed to make a coherent movie. It was a great experience to watch, and at Movie did a great job of incorporating as much detail & plot as allowed to make a coherent movie. It was a great experience to watch, and at times, almost improved upon the book Expand
  4. Jan 3, 2014
    7
    Voldemort is back. That was the awesome cliffhanger Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ended on and story-wise, there were loads ofVoldemort is back. That was the awesome cliffhanger Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ended on and story-wise, there were loads of possibilities for the follow-up in the series. However, Order of the Phoenix does not do what one may hope for and zeroes in on its protagonist’s puberty. Since this is a franchise accompanying kids through their full adolescence, it’s only reasonable for writer Michael Goldenberg to give weight to this, I guess, but that didn’t stop me from being quite disenchanted while watching the film. In my opinion, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is not only the second-shortest, but also the second-worst film of the eight and the transition between teenage problems and the real peril emanating from Voldemort’s return just isn’t accomplished very well. 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. Mar 19, 2011
    4
    This has to be the worst Harry Potter movie I've seen so far, the darker tone makes this unenjoyable, the story is good but nowhere near whatThis has to be the worst Harry Potter movie I've seen so far, the darker tone makes this unenjoyable, the story is good but nowhere near what the others were, and the humor that was in the other movies is completely absent making this unenjoyable. Expand
  7. Berie
    Jul 10, 2007
    0
    A Grave disappointment to Harry Potter fans everywhere.

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