Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  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. Reviewed by: Colin Bertram
    100
    It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best "Harry Potter" film yet.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    100
    In narrative terms, not that much happens, but as for Harry's emotional journey--well, that's nearly epic.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Not just a ripping yarn but a powerful, poignant coming-of-age story.
  5. 88
    It will hook you good and keep you riveted.
  6. 88
    For those who have gotten their Harry Potter fix entirely through the cinematic incarnation, the script is lucid and fast-moving.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    The special effects continue to be masterful, but villains are given a new twist, and Order of the Phoenix is all the more fun because of it.
  8. Yet, as good as it is in so many ways, there's no getting around the fact that this briefest Harry and first directed by an unknown filmmaker (David Yates) is the least substantial of the bunch.
  9. 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.
  10. The flourishes don't answer the question most on Potterites' minds -- who lives, who dies? -- but they briefly stupefy.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 711 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 255
  1. Sep 23, 2011
    7
    With newbie director David Yates in control of the Harry Potter franchise, the movie's 'order' has been severely complex, making the wonderfulWith newbie director David Yates in control of the Harry Potter franchise, the movie's 'order' has been severely complex, making the wonderful acting from the potter trio & the marvelous CGI kinda hard to follow. Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2010
    5
    Aside from the fantastic dementor attack at the beginning, this movie was pretty much not good. WHAT happened at the end in the department ofAside from the fantastic dementor attack at the beginning, this movie was pretty much not good. WHAT happened at the end in the department of mysteries? All of the shelves just start falling down and there was no cool wand battling in the different rooms like in the book. That was the best part of the book and they left it out. The fifth book has a lot of really good important stuff and moments that they either butchered or just left out. Full Review »
  3. Dec 17, 2011
    9
    With it being the longest book and shortest film they had a lot of work to make this not rushed and boy did they do fantastic. StrongWith it being the longest book and shortest film they had a lot of work to make this not rushed and boy did they do fantastic. Strong performances, beautiful visuals, great action, thrills and some heartwarming moments. I give this movie 92% of a good film. Full Review »